In the 1870s, Thomas Keast and his family emigrated from England and started a new life farming near Macedonia, Iowa. A little over 100 years later, after graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Mechanization, Russell Keast followed in the agricultural tradition and began working on the family farm. Keast Enterprises has expanded a great deal since then, thanks to Russ's entrepreneurial spirit, extensive experience, dedication to customer service, progressive attitude, and drive to continuously improve.
In addition to selling short-line equipment, Russ raises cattle and hogs, grows corn and soybeans, owns a custom feeding operation, Cyclone Cattle, and runs a trucking business, Cyclone Carriers. Russ is a member of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, and has served on the board of Agriland FS since 1986. In 1992, he was granted the Ed Kleen Stewardship Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to soil conservation, agriculture, and community. Russ believes that staying involved in the community is important. He is proud to support and sponsor a variety of local activities.
Though his work keeps him busy, Russ also enjoys family time. He and his wife Diane have two daughters, Allison and Samantha, and a son, Grant. Allison graduated from Iowa State in 2013 with a degree in Family Finance, Housing, and Policy. She now works at Callahan Financial Planning in Omaha, and her husband Jonathan farms with his father. Russ and Diane's middle daughter, Samantha, attends ISU as well, and recently studied abroad for a year at the Royal Agricultural University in England. Grant, the couple's youngest son, studies at Riverside Community High School in Oakland, Iowa. An Eagle Scout who participates in student council along with other leadership activities, Grant also loves working on his car in his spare time.