Roger Zylstra has been farming for 40 years raising corn, soybeans, finishing hogs and cattle near Lynnville in Jasper County. He has used conservation tillage and no-till throughout his farming career and recycles manure into his nutrient management program. Roger uses precision agriculture, incorporates fall cover crops and is enrolled in the Soil Health Partnership Program.
Roger currently serves as the Iowa Corn Promotion Board Vice President and is the former vice chair of the Animal Agriculture & The Environment Committee.
He also serves on the U.S. Meat Export Federation Pork Advisory Committee, the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) Growers Service Action Team, the U.S. Grains Council Biotech Action Team as well as chairman of the NCGA Stewardship Action Team. Roger has served on the Sully Co-op Associate Board, filled all leadership positions with the Jasper County Farm Bureau and is a graduate of the Iowa Corn Leadership Enhancement and Development (I-LEAD) program.
He is especially interested in promoting opportunities for individuals to be engaged in agriculture to help the public understand the farmer’s dedication to proving safe and wholesome food and care for the environment. Roger and his wife, Carolyn, have three children. He also serves as a church elder for the Sully Christian Reformed Church, as a Richland township trustee, and on the board for the Sully Fire Department.