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Outstanding Young Professional Award

This citation honors College of Agriculture and Life Sciences early- or mid-career alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant advancement and achievement in their discipline, field or area of expertise. Selection is made by the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

This award was established in 2010 and is presented annually during Iowa State University’s Homecoming Weekend. Click here for the nomination form. Nominations are due the third Tuesday in November.

2021 Outstanding Young Professional Awardee

Kevin Ross (’03 agricultural studies, ’21 MBA)
Underwood, Iowa

Kevin Ross Headshot

A farmer from Underwood, Iowa, Kevin Ross has been instrumental in supporting and promoting agriculture both locally and nationally. Ross is a sixth-generation farmer and owner of Ross Land and Cattle, an operation that includes corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and cattle.

For years, Ross has been involved in various grassroots organizations and local boards to grow and improve the agriculture industry. He recently concluded his term as chairman of the National Corn Growers Association and has previously served as the Iowa Corn Growers Association president. Additionally, Ross serves on the board for Western Iowa Energy, a biodiesel plant, and Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, an ethanol plant. An active advocate for agriculture, Ross can often be found speaking on the importance of family farms and United States agriculture at all levels.

Ross’s support of the industry is evidenced by his commitment to Iowa State University. He served as past chairman of the West Pottawattamie County Extension Council and on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council from 2013 to 2018. For the past three years, Ross has shared the stories of and advocated for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a university delegate for the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching.

A loyal, forever, and true Cyclone, Ross is a member of the Order of the Knoll, Campanile Society, Cyclone Club, and an annual member of the ISU Alumni Association.

Past Recipients