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MN farmer to compete in Super Bowl event

SWANVILLE, Minn. — Swanville, Minn.-area farmer Craig Roerick will travel to Minneapolis during Super Bowl week to compete alongside NFL stars of past and present in the Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl. Roerick of Roerview Dairy and five other farmers from around the country will be paired up with current and former NFL players — including Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis — for a farm-inspired competition to celebrate modern farmers and raise awareness of the importance of agriculture. Also joining the Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl event will be American Idol winner and performer Jordin Sparks as special sideline correspondent. Roerick will compete with a player to be named later.

In the Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl, farming and football collide. Think, "NFL combine meets tractors, drones and robotic milking." 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.

"The Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl is a unique event bringing together two seemingly unlike fields — football and farming — to celebrate the important work of farmers and inspire the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry," stated Bettis, former running back, in a news release. "I look forward to competing and testing my skills alongside some great athletes and outstanding farmers."

The Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl will be 1-3 p.m. Feb. 1 at 3M Arena at Mariucci, the home arena for the University of Minnesota's men's hockey team, which will be transformed into a farm-themed competition course. Admission to attend is free.

Final rosters and a complete schedule and event information will be announced soon. Fans can follow all the Land O'Lakes Farm Bowl action at