Chris Nelson grew up on his family’s cow/calf, row crop, and forage farm and worked with the family business, Nelson and Sons, providing forage equipment and services to area farmers. After graduating from Iowa State University in 2007 with degrees in agricultural systems technology, international agriculture and entrepreneurial studies, he has returned to his home of Adair County as a third-generation farmer and as an ag loan officer at First National Bank in Fontanelle, Iowa.
In 2002, Chris graduated from West Central Valley High School. He was active in FFA, 4-H, Boy Scouts, Science Fair, music and church as a student. He continued his activities and service throughout college, participating and providing leadership in student organizations such as the ISU Agricultural Student Council, Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honor Society, Collegiate FFA, ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, ISU Career Fair Committee, ISU Ag Ambassador and other student activities. Chris also served as a peer mentor to freshman and sophomore students in his academic department throughout his college career.
Chris currently serves as a director on the Adair County Farm Bureau Board and as secretary of the Adair County Cattleman. In addition to farming and Nelson and Sons hay equipment dealership, his experience includes working as a precision ag equipment specialist for John Deere, as a host to international visitors, as a representative with the ISU Ag Study Abroad Office and as a Cyclone aide, guiding and educating incoming freshman at Iowa State University. Other achievements include attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, earning the American FFA Degree, winning Science Fair awards on local to international levels, graduating valedictorian of his high school class and achieving Dean’s List and honor societies’ recognition.