“I take a lot of pride in being a good steward of the land.”Steve Ruh
Name: Steve Ruh
Location: Sugar Grove, Illinois
Years farming: We’ve been farming for 15 years.
My family: My wife Elizabeth and I have three kids; Berlyn is five, Annika is three, and Sullivan is one.
How I came to be a farmer: I was raised on a farm and wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps. I was able to take over the grain operation on our family’s farm while pursuing more land on my own. In the early years, while I was building my business, I was able to supplement by taking other jobs. Eventually, I secured enough land to farm full-time.
The best thing about being a farmer: There are several aspects of farming that I appreciate. I enjoy being independent and being my own boss. The ability to provide for and raise a family in the farming lifestyle has been a huge blessing. Also, I take pride in knowing that we are making a significant contribution in the local, national and international communities.
My personal philosophy on farming: Treat the land with respect. I make decisions based on what is best for the land so that it’s protected and provides for this generation and generations to come.
For more information about corn farming in Illinois, visit the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.