Ralph Lents has been farming for 40 years, growing corn, soybeans and hay in Adair County. He has uses conservation tillage and no-till practices including buffer strips working to leave the land in better shape than when he started farming it.
Ralph currently serves as an Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director and sits on the Iowa Corn Grassroots Network, Membership & Checkoff Committee.
He is a graduate of Iowa State University and have served in roles as President of the Adair County Extension, Corn, Soybeans and Pork Producers. He is a member of the Adair County Cattlemen, Pork Producers, Extension Board and past Superintendent of the Adair County Fair.
He was appointed to the Environmental Protection Commission by Governor Branstad in 2015 and previously served on the board of State Extension and the Central Iowa Power Cooperative. Lents and his wife, Joan reside in Menlo and have four children, Erica, Lou, Rob and Katie.