Members of Kent Corporation, ISU, Ames Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 30 at the Ribbon Cutting Open House Event for the new Kent Innovation Center at ISU Research Park.

Kent Corporation, a recognized innovation leader in the ever-changing world of agriculture, food, feed, and bioscience, opened the Kent Innovation Center on the Research Park campus of Iowa State University (ISU) in Ames, Iowa. “This new Innovation Center will grow and strengthen our relationship with Iowa State University as we apply cutting edge research to our focus in agriculture, food, feed, and biosciences for people, pets, and livestock,” said Gage Kent, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Kent Corporation.
With the opening of the Kent Innovation Center, Kent expanded its partnership with ISU. In September 2017, Kent Corporation made an $8 million commitment to the new Grain Science and Feed Mill facility. Kent believes the opportunities for graduating outstanding talent from these programs, along with the opportunity for professional development of existing Kent employees and other agricultural businesses, will strengthen and enhance the future for the entire agriculture industry.
Kent Corporation employs a strong internship program and will increase opportunities for ISU students by offering a multi-semester internship program throughout the calendar year for many majors at ISU. In addition, by joining the Research Park, Kent will develop new and exciting efforts in innovation and collaboration with more than ninety Iowa companies of all sizes, including emerging start-up businesses.
Kent Corporation formed the Enterprise Innovation group in 2017 with a focus on identifying long-term growth areas. The new Innovation Center in Ames plays a vital part in Kent Corporation’s outreach program to collaborate with universities, research teams, and thought leaders throughout the world.
Jeff Underwood, Vice President of Enterprise Innovation, will manage the new Kent Innovation Center An active alumnus for many years, Underwood holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from ISU and recently moved back to Ames with his family. He also serves as a member of the Cultivation Corridor AgriTech Accelerator Board, Advisor to the ISU Startup Factory, and member of the Ames Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about Kent Corporation and the Kent Innovation Center at ISU, please visit