Varel Bailey is president and general manager of Bailey Farms, Inc., a family corporation at Anita, Cass County, Iowa. The farm includes 1,250 acres of corn, soybeans, and grass with livestock enterprises of cattle and sheep.
He currently provides agricultural policy counsel for American Farmland Trust, and is a member of the Farm Foundation Round Table. He is the past chairman of the National Corn Growers Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Precision Beef Alliance, Iowa Farm Business Association, Iowa Beef Improvement Association, Iowa High Technology Council, Wallace Technology Transfer Foundation, and Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development. He served on the board of the Iowa Quality Producers Alliance, the Farm Foundation and Transgenic Plant Services, Inc.
Mr. Bailey served on the agriculture and small business advisory committee for the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. He was a candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 1990 and served as rural field representative for Congressman Greg Ganske in 1996 to 1997. He led the National Corn Growers Association during the 1985 Farm Bill which introduced the Conservation Reserve Program and Conservation Compliance.
He is a 1962 graduate of Iowa State University in Farm Operations and served two years in the U.S. Army Artillery as a nuclear fire control officer. Mr. Bailey and his wife, Jackie, farm with their son, Scot. They have two daughters, Sue Drew and Sara Rodrigeuz.