Our goal is to raise a healthy, nutritious crop in the most efficient and safest way possible. We want to contribute to the global food supply by growing the most grain and animal protein on the land and resources we have. And in doing so, we also want to create an environment and lifestyle for our family that’s safe, wholesome and will help our kids grow into their full God-given potential.
OUR FARM AND OUR FAMILY
We grow about 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans and deliver our crops to a river terminal where grain is loaded onto a barge for delivery down the Mississippi River. We also have a 100-head cow-calf herd. After we wean calves in the fall, we “background” them, meaning we feed them to about 900 pounds and then sell them into the feeder market.
We farm with John’s parents and live just across the field from them. That, of course, allows our three kids to make many trips back and forth throughout the day. We have one full-time employee (a neighbor down the road) and approximately three part-time employees, two of which are our nephews who often work in the summer and put what they earned toward college.
THE FREEDOM IN WHAT WE DO
As farmers, we have the freedom to make our own decisions. We have the freedomto be our own bosses, and the freedomto raise our kids in the country where they’re free to run and play and learn and work.