Land O' Lakes Farm Bowl will showcase what it takes to be a co-op farmer

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph trains for the Land O’Lakes Farm Bowl with Brooke Carrow from Enchanted Dairy in Little Falls, MN. [photo courtesy Land O’ Lakes]Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph trains for the Land O’Lakes Farm Bowl with Brooke Carrow from Enchanted Dairy in Little Falls, MN. [photo courtesy Land O’ Lakes]Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph trains for the Land O’Lakes Farm Bowl with Brooke Carrow from Enchanted Dairy in Little Falls, MN. [photo courtesy Land O’ Lakes]On Thursday, February 1, Land O'Lakes, Inc. will host an exciting collaboration to inspire the next generation of young leaders to consider careers in food and agriculture. As part of its Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee programming, the Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl will showcase the intricacies and challenges of modern agriculture, testing the skills of professional football players on the farm.

"Super Bowl LII offers an exciting stage to convey the importance of farming to feeding the world, and to show how Land O'Lakes' member owners are impacting the entire food chain, farm to fork, from our iconic butter brand and far beyond," said Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes, Inc. "Less than two percent of the population touches farming and, as the voice of the farmer, we feel an obligation to tell their important story."

Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl will pit teams of current and former professional football players and Land O'Lakes farmers against each other in a series of on-farm experiences and light-hearted farm-themed challenges to demonstrate the skill, determination and grit required to succeed as a farmer today. Minnesota Vikings' tight end Kyle Rudolph, Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis and former players Greg Jennings and Jason Brown are just a few of the players lending their talents to the effort.

"Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl is a great example of how one of Minnesota's most storied organizations is leaning in to tell the stories of the Bold North," said Maureen Bausch, CEO of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. "The hard work of farming, food and agricultural professionals are central to many Minnesota communities. Land O'Lakes, which works with thousands of farmers across the United States, is the perfect host to merge these two very different worlds—football and farming—for an entertaining and inspiring event."

The Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2018, in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota. Fans can follow all the Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl action at thefarmbowl.com.

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