Stan Nelson has been farming for 42 years in Des Moines County. The southeast Iowa native raises corn, soybeans for seed and hay along with his daughter Valerie, her husband Jared, daughter Emily and her husband Caleb.
Stan serves as the President on the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and on the Animal Agriculture and Enviornment Committee.
Stan currently sits on the National Corn Growers Association and U.S. Grains Council Action Teams. He has been involved in the Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Cattleman’s Association, as well as the Iowa Farm Bureau. His past agricultural leadership roles include being director at the Iowa Soybean Association District 9 for five years.
He is active within his community and serves as a Deacon at his local church. He has also served as a school board member at the Danville Community School District for nine years and as a Danville Township Trustee.
Stan graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in farm operations. During his farming career he has conducted different research projects and implemented various conservation and farming practices to find what best works for his land and productivity.
He and his wife, Martha, reside on their family’s century farm near Middletown and have five adult children and thirteen grandchildren.