ODEBOLT, Iowa -- Kevin and Terri Carstensen of rural Odebolt were inducted into the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Hall of Fame in December.
The couple, who raised cattle in Sac County, have 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.
Throughout his tenure, Kevin has served as ICA membership vice chair and chair, ICA Political Action Committee chair, and district director. He has also been involved with ICA’s Finance Committee, and currently serves as the treasurer for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation. Kevin served as the ICA Northwest Iowa Regional Vice President for four years and president of the association for two years. He was also on two CEO selection committees.
Terri served 14 years on the board of directors for the Iowa Beef Industry Council, fulfilling the roles of treasurer, vice chair and chair during her tenure. She has also been active with the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation’s Youth Beef Team.
Nationally, Terri is also a recognized leader. She was NCBA Federation Director for the state of Iowa and was elected Region III Federation Director, representing Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. She was a federation committee member of the NCBA Joint Budget Committee, and served as vice chair and chair of the “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner” national advertising campaign.