Barb Kastner has been farming in Guthrie County for 46 years, raising corn and soybeans. Growing up farming and working with agriculture for her whole live, Kastner sees herself as an advocate for the industry and believes it would be an honor to represent corn farmers.
Barb currently serves as the Iowa Corn Growers Association Director representing District 4 and on the Industrial Usage & U.S. Production Committee.
She worked for Farm Credit Services of America for 43 years, working as head of accounting for 25 and selling crop insurance to farmers for 18 years. When not at her full-time job, Kastner takes on an active role on the farm alongside her husband and son, including doing all the record keeping for the farming operation.
Kastner serves on the Guthrie County Corn Board, Guthrie County Farm Bureau Board, Iowa Corn Usage and Production Committee and the National Corn Growers Association Risk Management and Transportation Action Team. She has participated in the Iowa Farm Bureau’s Ag Leader Program in 2020 and is currently on the Iowa Corn’s I-LEAD Class 10. She also belongs to TTT which helps to send young girls to camp each year.
She has a passion for ethanol and promotes it as often as she can to legislators. Being on the NCGA’s Risk Management and Transportation Action Team she also wants to make sure that farmer’s crop insurance program is protected in Washington, D.C.
Kastner and her husband John have two children, Katie and Cale.