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Brenner Farms LLC

John Brenner

Hometown: Morrison, MO
Farming Since: 2012

When John is not working as an insurance agent, he works on his family’s row crop farm. He farms alongside his wife, Kelly, and various part-time help throughout the year. They have two children, Brock and Kenna.

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Farmer Q&A

Tell us a little about yourself.

When I was younger, my family had dairy cattle. I grew up in the parlor, milking them. After my family moved moved, I continued working with dairy cattle on different farm in high school. After graduating from college, I continued to work for the same farmer until the farm we have now came up for sale. When I am not farming, I also work as an agent for Shelter Insurance. I have been working for them for about ten years now.

Tell us a little about your farm.

We raise corn and soybeans. Going into the spring we had about 50 head of cattle but  have sold down to 35-40 head due to the current market. My favorite memory from the farm is probably when my wife and I bought the land we now live on.

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

I’m incredibly proud and lucky to be able to raise my children on the farm. Explaining the process slows them down and allows them to listen and think about what I am teaching them. It may be days or weeks later, but if we’re driving by the same field and my kids ask a question or bring up something that I told them about the plants, that really makes me feel good.

“Oftentimes people drive/walk by fields along the road and have no idea how a corn plant makes corn and what’s involved. I find enjoyment in teaching and explaining to my own kids the pollination process and how growing happens but if it doesn’t happen properly then what the result will be.”

Should tractors be red or green?

Green. We’re John Deere people.

What is your favorite planting or harvest snack?

Peanut M&M’s

What are you listening to while working?

I listen to a lot of ag podcasts related to agronomics or the market.

There is a lot of work that goes into farming that many people don’t understand.”

Who is your biggest influence?

I would say there have been a couple of key people in my life that I have leaned on throughout the years for help and advice.

Do you incorporate any sustainable practices on your farm?

We started strip-till a few years ago and have experimented with no-till. We have also tried a few different methods of applying fertilizer.