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ISSUE DATE: 09/12/2011

Building a family farming legacy

By Jennifer Carrico

Southwest Iowa farmer Kevin Ross has taken every opportunity placed before him when it comes to farming and serving other farmers.

Ross, who raises corn, soybeans and beef cattle recently took over the reins as the president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association on Sept. 1. At 31, he is one of the youngest farmers to take on that role, serving the corn growers in the state where the most corn is grown.

Although he is young, he has been farming for 11 years. "I started farming when I was a sophomore in college and have had cattle since I was 13. It was a challenge to go to school in Ames (at Iowa State University) and then drive 2 hours back to Minden to farm, but I made it work because I knew this is what I wanted to do," he explained.

Since his parents weren't farmers, he had a steep learning curve. He started with older facilities and equipment, which he has gradually improved through the years.

"Farming isn't an easy occupation to get into, especially when you don't have an established farm to take over. The dollars involved and the capital requirements are huge. Borrowing money and building your net income takes time," said Ross.


AgrAbility Project produces Extension bulletin
Applicants sought for biomass conversion projects
Bennet accepting applications for internships
Bennet receives Golden Triangle Award
Drought likely to persist in Oklahoma
Extension launches drought education website
Extension team gets NIFA grant
Farm Bureau calls for FCC review of LightSquared
Farm Bureau picks ag leader class
Farm Bureau wraps up Summer Policy Conference
Farmer ordered to pay $18M in restitution to feds
FSA County Committee meet with Congress, USDA
Governor issues transportation order
Governors discuss Missouri River flooding
Groups call for long-term ag funding solution
Higher energy prices hitting farmers' bottom line
IFMAPS provides financial planning assistance
Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute receives donation
Lawmakers resume study on Okla. water needs
Leonard Wyatt award presented
Low interest rates can help farm balance sheets
Military assistance a growing role for Extension
Mosquitoes return with rain
MU FAPRI updates agricultural baseline
Nebraskans support variety of economic development steps
New rules proposed to improve safety for child farmworkers
OSU agricultural economics grad students place first
Photo contest celebrates Colorado ag
President announces rural jobs initiatives
President Barack Obama announced
Professor part of award-winning technology transfer team
Researchers study genetic plant variations
Set priorities to use disaster settlements wisely
Understanding the U.S. credit downgrade
USDA offers sustainable agriculture grants
Use social media to get tax information
Vilsack meets with business leaders
Vilsack says safe food is a national priority
Wheat grower testifies on making farm programs more efficient


Agriland provides agricultural education
AgroNomics Conference set for Oct. 24 to 28
Agronomist offers wheat planting tips
Arkansas farmers bouncing back
Breeding ozone-tolerant crops
Building a family farming legacy
Calibrating corn production in potato country
Colorado Corn offers public policy internship in Washington, D.C.
Conservation program helps landowners recover from drought
Consumers give soy high marks for health
Corn ear disorders spotted in fields
Demonstration to feature green conservation choices
EPA funds water quality efforts
Extension to host field days this fall
Field day to feature energy, micro-farming tours
FSA's Farmer Elected Committee Association elects national officers
Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth possible
Go back in time at Harvest Festival
Grain exporter's organic certification suspended
Grain regulatory officials elect new president
Grain sorghum price reporting will continue
High Plains Water District releases list of approved flow meters
Iowa State entomology, natural resource chair named
Khapra beetle larvae detected in rice
Late-season scouting efforts pay off
Making tomorrow's bioenergy yeasts strong
Minn. organic farm profits improve
Missouri leads the nation in blender pump plans
National Biodiesel Board educates policymakers
National Biodiesel Board supports EPA proposal
Nebraska LEAD announces 2011-2013 fellows
New E85 pump opening in St. Paul
NMSU team is regional winner at 2011 WeedOlympics
No anticipation of delays this harvest
North Central SARE Grant Programs accepting applications
Planning for a wheat crop
Pokeweed pretty but poisonous
Producers can use iPad app to scout for soybean aphids
Selecting seed for next year's wheat crop
Soybean podworms threaten yields
Strong Women Wyoming leader training is Oct. 4
Sunflower Showcase a success
Team studies sorghum genetics to fuel green energy research
Watch for aflatoxins on corn
Webcast covers Bt corn, western corn rootworm
Weed scientists recognized at WeedOlympics
Wheat fountain returns to the Kansas State Fair
Wheat's future is bright
Workshop will help farmers access government programs


4S Goat Expo announces speakers
Aflatoxin in corn can harm swine
ASI approves 2011-2012 budget
Avoid post-weaning slump with proper nutrition, management
Beef picture: Record prices in, out
Blackleg may be a concern in drought conditions
Board seeks input from sheep, goat producers
Bred heifer donated to support Hereford research
Bulls wanted for Oct. 31 sale
Cattlemen attend Feeding Quality Forum meetings
Charity Steer Show raises $106,700
Couple donates $100K to Hereford youth
DNA information important when buying seedstock
Extension, Noble Foundation to host Ag Fall Management Seminar
Feeder cattle: A decision point
Flint Hills Beef Fest announces results
Governor announces Economic Summit on Animal Agriculture
IPPA supports Iowa State facility projects
More shade improves cattle performance
NCBA recognizes six U.S. cattle operations
NCBA urges Obama to include trade deals in jobs plan
Neb. feedlot neglected safety before death
NMSU to host field day at Top of Valle research facility
Senator urges passage of GIPSA rule
Sheep management tools available
Show-Me-Select information meeting set for Sept. 15
State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest winners named
Stockgrowers offer Ireland agriculture tour
Summer cattle deaths up this year
Tax considerations for drought-related sales of livestock
Tools help producers make cattle culling decisions
U.S. beef introduced in Chilean steakhouses
Use correct dosage and storage for dewormers


Kansas farmer stresses importance of sound crop insurance
Making decisions
Wake me up when September ends


Closing post offices
CSU training center aims to boost yields
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Motorcycle auction benefits American Red Cross
New Holland offers tractor lease contest
New Mexico State partners with Case IH
Not only the horses passed by
Pfizer Animal Health donates to North Dakota flood relief
Single-bag products offer insect control choices
Will the next farm bill be written by budget cutters?


Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Conditions vary across Colorado
Crop conditions hold steady as cool conditions arrive
Dodge City livestock sales report
Drought spreads to northeast Missouri
Drought still stressing New Mexico agriculture
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade moderate to active
High Plains slaughter news
Iowa crops receive rain, storm damage
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Mild temperatures ease crop stress
Most hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
South Central direct sheep sales report
Soybeans, wheat see double-digit losses
Spring wheat harvest ahead of schedule
Springfield livestock market report
Texas crops desperate for rain
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Topsoil moisture continued its steady decline into September
Triple digit temperatures stress Kansas crops
Warmer temperatures lead to crop maturity
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wildfires added to drought's devastation
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


Consider range management strategies to cope with drought
Groups form multiple use coalition
Most plant species important to ecosystems
Prescribed Fire Council meeting set for Sept. 27
Researchers grade grasses for ethanol yields
Supplementing and stretching forage resources
Suspect charged in Parsons Livestock Market hay fire
USDA extends deadline for CRP emergency haying


4-H teams compete in Livestock Sweepstakes
4-Hers named to Senior Hall of Fame
Controlling nuisance wildlife after a storm or flood
Enjoy tomatoes while both flavor, price are ripe
Extension updates food preservation bulletins
Fall vegetable supply at risk
Fiber Daze event set for Sept. 23 to 24
Food donation drive finishes strong
Harvest and store fall produce
Improve landscape this fall
Misty Falls will fit those odd-shaped lots
Planning landscapes for fall planting
Protecting pets in disasters
School lunches important
Support educational process
Teens need balance in after-school activities
Tracking your money
Use MyPlate to pack a healthy school lunch
Women's Ranch Rodeo World Finals set for October

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