Ben Roling of Salem said he chose farming as a profession because he loves the outdoors, seeing things grow and facing the challenge of the day-to-day operation.
“As a kid, I never missed an opportunity to be outside with Dad and Grandpa, and now my kids enjoy tagging along with me,” he said.
Roling graduated from McCook Central High School and Lake Area Technical Institute with an associate’s degree in ag business. He farms with his dad near Salem, raising corn and soybeans. They also have hogs and cattle.
Roling said the most important issue facing today’s corn farmers is keeping people educated about the corn we produce each year and how we can grow our demand base with increasing yields from better genetics.
He likes to spend his spare time with his family and hunting. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a 12-year-old son, Landon; and two daughters, 9-year-old Lauren and 6-year-old Alyssa.