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. In addition, Russ began selling farm equipment in 1985 and became a dealer representative for numerous companies. Thirty plus years of farming and equipment sales have equipped Russ with expertise in both the area of farming and the equipment needed to help a farming operation run smoothly. Russ is dedicated to customer service and assisting each customer in choosing the right piece of equipment for their individual needs.
In 1992, Russ was granted the Ed Kleen Stewardship Memorial Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to soil conservation, agriculture, and community. Staying involved in the community is important to him, so Russ is proud to support and sponsor a variety of local activities. He also had the privilege of serving on the board of Agriland FS for 32 years.
Russ and his wife, Diane, were married in August of 1984. Having earned a degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1990, Diane transitioned from working and then raising the family to now assisting Russ on a part-time basis in the business. Russ and Diane have two daughters, Allison and Samantha, and a son, Grant. Allison graduated from Iowa State with a degree in Family Finance, Housing and Policy. She now works at Callahan Financial Planning as a Certified Financial Planner ™ professional. Her husband, Jonathan, graduated from Iowa State as well with a degree in Agronomy. He now farms with his father. Samantha earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Iowa State in 2016 and was married in the summer of 2017 to James Parsons. James and Samantha live in Denver, Colorado where Samantha currently works as a first-grade literacy paraprofessional and James is an electronic engineer. Grant is a senior at Iowa State University and will complete his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies in May of 2019. After graduating, Grant plans to pursue entrepreneurship in the Midwest.
Meet the Team
Russ and Diane Keast
Inventory and Sales Support
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