SOYBEAN FARMERS OF MISSOURI
The stories of the people behind the production
Soybean farmers work hard on their operation and in their community. They’re focused on sustainably carrying on a tradition and leaving what they have in better condition for the next generation.
Roger Paulsmeyer was born and raised in Chamois, Missouri where he has continued his family farm. He graduated from high school in 1972 and has been farming ever since. He gained his love for farming, and his self-proclaimed aggressive attitude, from his father and has since passed on his love of the profession to his son, Matthew, who works alongside him.
During college, Mark Lehenbauer stayed connected to agriculture by competing on the University of Missouri’s livestock judging team. He then fulfilled his dream of returning to the family farm after graduation. Now a fourth generation, full-time farmer, Mark, alongside his wife, brother and father, spends most of his time working on their corn, soybean, wheat and cow/calf operation while listening to a playlist of grunge, pop and country music.
Robert Alpers is a generational farmer who grew up working on his family’s operation with his father and two brothers. He has continued the tradition of passing on the farm and today he farms with his son Nathan who operates the family business. Their diversified farm focuses on growing soybeans, corn and wheat while managing a cow/calf operation. Robert and Nathan practice sustainability by implementing cover crops, no-till, terraces and waterways on their farm while rotating crops each season.
Renee Fordyce used to describe herself as a city girl… until she married Richard in 1989. Now she serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Fordyce Farms, doing all the banking, marketing, payroll and tax preparation for their operation. On their farm, Renee and Richard grow corn and soybeans and have a cow/calf operation. As an active member of her community, Renee serves on several local and state boards while also working off the farm as a nurse.
Cody Brock, proud father, husband and farmer, raises row crops and cattle with his father in northwest Missouri. However, his work extends beyond the farm and family, from being an active community member to treasurer for the Missouri Soybean Association Board, Cody wears many hats. Cody is working to create a generational legacy by instilling the values of rural life and agriculture into his two daughters.