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Diehl Farms

Dane Diehl

Hometown: Butler, MO

Dane Diehl, a proud fifth-generation farmer, farms alongside his father and brothers on their diversified operation in Bates County.  The family raises a small herd of cattle, soybeans, corn and a few specialty crops. He and his wife, Erica, live in Butler, Mo, where they raise their two children, Levelle and Kroy. In addition to his full-time job as a farmer, Dane also serves as an elected official in Jefferson City.

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MSA board member with family in soybean field

Farmer Q&A

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a farmer from Bates County. I attended Butler High School and graduated from the University of Missouri. I met my wife, Erica, after returning home to the farm. We have a daughter, Levelle, and a son, Kroy. Outside of the farm, I have a deep passion for habitat development, love chasing mallards, and the camaraderie in the duck blind in the fall. I’m also a big follower of Mizzou athletics and Chiefs football.

Tell us a little about your farm.

It is truly a family farm with me, my dad and brothers being involved. I am a proud fifth-generation farmer who raises soybeans, corn and a few specialty crops. We also have a cow herd and finish most of our calves using grains grown on the farm.

What is something that makes you feel proud to be involved in agriculture?

I try to stay active locally. I regularly help our local 4-H and FFA programs, assist with putting on programs at local schools and donate meat to the MO Beef Kids, which provides schools with locally raised animals for school lunches. I’m also a proud member of the Bates County Cattlemen’s and Farm Bureau.

The first time Levelle got to ride in the combine this fall. It was a day I will never forget. My dad was in the field with us, and I knew he also had those memories of some of our first days in the field.”

Should tractors be red or green?

Green. It’s one of those things that has been that way for generations.

What is your favorite planting or harvest snack?

I’m kind of a sweets guy. I love a Cherry Mash.

What are you listening to while working?

I like a good variety of Red Dirt. I have also been on a big Joe Rogan podcast binge, along with waterfowl and outdoor podcasts.

Farming is a lifestyle worth fighting for and essential for everyone on earth. We must do a better job of telling our story and promoting the job we do. There isn’t a better way to make an honest living and take pride in what you do.”

Who is your biggest influence?

My dad. For everything he has done to allow the opportunity to farm, being receptive to new ideas and practices, still putting family first and having some fun along the way.

Do you incorporate any sustainable practices on your farm?

We strive to continue to implement sustainable practices on the farm including cover crops, rotational grazing, strip and no-till programs, waterways, terraces, tile pip and split applying fertilizers.