Carstensens’ inducted into ICA Hall of Fame

Kevin and Terri Carstensen of Odebolt celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in November, and were inducted into the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame in December.

The couple, who raised cattle in Sac County, has served in a variety of leadership roles throughout the years, even earning themselves the title of “First Couple,” when he was president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and she was chair of the Iowa Beef Industry Council at the same time.

As a board member, and later, president, of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA), Kevin has long worked to improve the regulations and rules that impact cattle producers in Iowa. “ICA is our voice, so to speak, because they can be there 24/seven during the legislative process. I think that’s huge,” he says. “A lot of people say, ‘They can’t do us any good.’ Well, I don’t know where we’d be if we didn’t have a voice and lobbying.”

Kevin’s dedication to the ICA began in the 1980s when Maynard Jayne, ICA lobbyist, challenged him to become involved. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has nearly 10,000 members across the state of Iowa, and works to grow the Iowa beef business through leadership and education for producers. ICA also represents cattle producers at the state and national level on issues that impact cattlemen.

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