Here are just some of the stories about the hard working Missourians who spend their lives growing the safe, nutritious food our families rely on.

Wed 11 Apr' 18

Why I Farm – Oakhill Ranch

The idea of living a rural lifestyle has called the past two generations of Mantels to operate the family farm in southern Missouri. Rob Mantel’s parents moved the family from Chicago to Mountain View and built the family cattle operation, Oakhill Ranch, from the ground up in 1969. “We started from scratch,” Rob said. “We […]

Thu 29 Mar' 18

Why I Farm – Wilbanks Farms

Passion and hard work fuel Seth and Brittany Wilbanks, who make their living on Wilbanks Farms in Hughesville, Missouri. Although Seth is the fourth generation to farm in his family, the pair has branched out on their own with both Seth and Brittany working full-time on the family operation while raising their children, Grady and […]

Wed 14 Mar' 18

Why I Farm – Oliver Farms

While most family farms have a long line of history and tradition, the Oliver family is breaking ground with their first generation farm, Oliver Farms. Bill Oliver started farming in high school as his Supervised Agricultural Experience for his agricultural education courses. Fifteen years ago, Laura came on board turning the farming project into a […]

Tue 13 Mar' 18

Why I Farm – Haun Farms

Joining the family farming business starts at a young age in the Haun family. Tom and Misty Haun of Holden, Missouri raised their sons, Alex and Nathan, on Haun Farms located in Johnson County. All four of the family members have been involved in the operation ever since. “I think it is unique that our […]

Thu 1 Mar' 18

Why I Farm – Oswald Family Farm

In the Oswald family, everyone gets involved with the family farming business in Fairfax, Missouri. Marion Oswald and his wife, Tonya, raised their five children, Marshall, Adam, Michael, Dru and Amber, on the farm. Marion farms alongside his son, Michael, every day and receives help from the others when necessary. Tonya also does her part […]

Wed 28 Feb' 18

Why I Farm – McNeall Farms Inc.

When Darin Byrd married Lisa McNeall in 1988, he not only gained a wife and started a family, but also got an invitation to join the family business, McNeall Farms Inc. Raymond and Carolyn McNeall, Darin’s in-laws, own the family farming operation in the Keytesville and Salisbury areas of Chariton County. Raymond, Darin and Kylen, […]

Fri 16 Feb' 18

Why I Farm – Gastler Brothers Farming

Farming and an involvement in agriculture are old family traditions for Gastler Brothers Farming. The Gastler brothers live in Martinsburg, Missouri, but farm in four different counties. Phil Gastler runs the operation alongside his brothers Jim and Sam and his cousin Steve. Phil said his great grandpa bought the farm in Martinsburg in the mid-‘30s. […]

Fri 9 Feb' 18

Why I Farm – Twellman Farms

A passion for farming and agriculture runs five generations deep on Twellman Farms, located in Silex, Missouri. Mark Twellman and his wife, Cheryl, raised their three children, Christy, Jeffrey and Caitlyn, on the farm. The family farm, primarily operated by Mark and Jeffrey, produces corn, soybeans and hay while also managing a cattle herd on […]

Sun 4 Feb' 18

Why I Farm – Smith Family

Independence and farming go hand in hand in the Smith family. Justin Smith and his siblings, Aaron, Kenton and Betsy, were raised on the family farm in Northwest Missouri. Their parents, Mike and Katie Smith, instilled a passion for farming and agriculture in each of them as they grew up on the farm. “I am […]

Thu 4 Jan' 18

Missouri Century Farm

In 1976, Missouri farmers were celebrated for the dedication and passion that goes into keeping a farm in the same family for 100 years or more. Today, this tradition continues through the Missouri Century Farm program. According to University of Missouri Extension, 2,850 Missouri farm owners were recognized for owning a “Centennial Farm” during the […]

Mon 3 Jul' 17

Why I Farm – Kelley Farm Faucett, Missouri

Going To Bat for Missouri Soybeans Northwest Missouri producer’s leadership has produced wins for the industry by Jason Jenkins, Mill Creek Communications As a lifelong Kansas City Royals fan and current season ticket holder, John Kelley of Faucett, Mo., is well aware of the power of the curveball. It’s a pitch that begins on one […]

Tue 27 Jun' 17

Why I Farm – Hunter Farm, Missouri Bootheel

‘Profitability Through Conservation’ Johnny Hunter focuses on stewardship as he expands, diversifies his family’s Bootheel farm. By Allison Jenkins, Mill Creek Communications Services Johnny Hunter planted his future at age 10. That was in 1992, the year his father, John, died unexpectedly at 52, leaving his wife, Patricia, to figure out what to do with […]

Tue 13 Jun' 17

Why I Farm – Alpers Farm

Legacy in progress Robert Alpers leads by example to preserve his family farm, promote agricultural industry By Allison Jenkins, Mill Creek Communications Services What do a contingent of Chinese grain buyers and a group of urban school teachers have in common? They’ve all been guests on the Prairie Home farm of Robert Alpers, whose commitment […]

Tue 30 May' 17

Why I Farm – McCrate Farm in Portageville, MO

Selling Soy MSA President Matt McCrate life’s work revolves around new opportunities for soybean farmers by Jason Jenkins Matt McCrate was destined to be in soybeans. In fact, when he was a young boy, McCrate literally was in soybeans, riding down Main Street during the annual National Soybean Festival in his hometown of Portageville, Mo. […]

Tue 16 May' 17

Why I Farm – Durham Farm in Carroll County, Missouri

Bean Kings David and Kyle Durham carry on a noble family legacy of agricultural leadership by Jason Jenkins, Mill Creek Communications Services David Durham and his son, Kyle, aren’t just soybean farmers — they’re soybean royalty. Their noble lineage began with David’s father-in-law, the late Don Heil, who was the inaugural “King Soybean” at the […]

The Squibb Family

“We’re doing everything that we possibly can to make sure that you’re getting a safe, wholesome product for your family because not only are you buying those products, I’m buying those too for my family.”

Shannon Squibb
Dairy Farmer

Name: Shannon Squibb
Location: Clever, Missouri
Years farming: Having grown up on a farm, I’ve been farming for as long as I can remember – about 37 years.
My family: My husband is Rick, and my sons are Ryan and Clayton.
How I came to be a farmer: I have had family that has farmed in the area for generations. I was raised on the farm where we now raise our family. I’ve always enjoyed being around cattle and met my husband while we were both showing cattle as kids.
The best thing about being a farmer: I love being able to raise my children on the same farm where I was raised. I get to be around animals every day and spend a lot of time outdoors. We get to be our own boss, even though that isn’t always a great thing.
My personal philosophy on farming: Do your best and protect the land for the generations to come. We are doing our part in providing a safe, wholesome food to help feed the world.

Dairy Production in Missouri and the U.S.

  • More than 1,000 new dairy products are introduced every year.
  • More than 10 pounds of milk go into one pound of cheese.
  • One cow produces about 350,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
  • Super Bowl Sunday rates as the number 1 day for pizza consumption. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is second, using huge amounts of cheese.
  • It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.

The Korff Family

“With technology and engineering, we have more capacity today to harvest a crop in a more timely fashion, and do it in a more efficient use per acre.”

Rob Korff
Corn Farmer


Name: Rob Korff
Location: Norborne, Missouri
Years farming: I’ve been farming now for more than 20 years
My family: My family is my wife Gay Lynn, our son Logan is eleven, and our daughter Jenna is seven.
How I came to be a farmer: My family farmed and it is all I ever wanted to do, and now I farm with my father today.
The best thing about being a farmer: There are many positive things about being a self-employed person like a farmer, but the best thing is doing something different each day. We get to be equipment operators, mechanics, welders, engineers, crop scouts, agronomists, marketers, accountants, conservationists, problem solvers, decision makers and use many other skill sets every day.
My personal philosophy on farming: Producing crops or livestock is very challenging and very rewarding at the same time. There are many factors that control your profitability and often times your ability to succeed is out of your control. Adverse weather, insects and diseases, government policies, global markets and demand for the product can all impact your bottom line in a negative manner. For the most part, we are self-employed, which means you have to be driven because where there is opportunity to be successful, there is also the opportunity to fail. You do all you can do, try to make the best decisions with what you know at that time, use the tools out there to minimize and limit your risks – and then pray that God will bless you and have it all work out.

Corn Production in Missouri and the U.S.
  • Missouri ranks 10th in the nation in the production of field corn, our nation’s top crop.
  • In 2008, Missouri farmers harvested over 2.6 million acres of corn, producing 382 million bushels and contributing more than $1.5 billion to this state’s economy.
  • Nationwide, farmers brought in the second largest crop in 2008 with 12.1 billion bushels.
  • Corn is a component in thousands of products, and can be used to make livestock feed, food, clothing and blankets, carpets, plastics and pharmaceuticals.
  • The United States is a major player in the world corn trade market, with approximately 20 percent of the corn crop exported to other countries.
  • Corn is a component thousands of products, and can be used to make livestock feed, food, clothing and blankets, carpets, plastics and pharmaceuticals.
  • A bushel of corn is about 56 pounds, and you can process that bushel into nearly three gallons of ethanol and 17 pounds of a high-protein livestock feed.
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