Alpers Bros Farms Inc. & 4-A’s LLC
Hometown: Prairie Home, MO
Farming Since: 1975
Robert Alpers is a generational farmer that grew up working on his family’s operation with his father and two brothers. Robert serves on many boards including the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) and the United Soybean Board (USB) while being an active member of his community. He has continued the tradition of passing on the farm and today, he farms with his son, Nathan, who operates the family business.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a generational farmer and grew up farming with my dad and two brothers. Today, I farm with my son, Nathan, who operates the family business. I’m happily married to my wife, Kathy, and have three children, Shanna, Nathan and Heather. I am a proud grandpa to Austin, Dillon, Paige, Ethan and Kaylee.
Tell us a little about your farm.
My family raises corn, soybeans and My family raises corn, soybeans and mama cows.
Tell us about your involvement in agriculture.
I currently serve as a board member on the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, where I was a previous chairman. I was also in the Agriculture Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) program. In my rural community, I am a member of the First Baptist Church, Lions Club and the Cooper County Ambulance Board.
I enjoyed the simplicity and slower pace of farming in the ‘60s and ‘70s. We worked harder, but the days were simpler – I miss it.”
Should tractors be red or green?
Anymore, I am just glad they start in the morning, but I prefer the green ones.
What is your favorite planting or harvest snack?
What are you listening to while working?
Who is your biggest influence?
I lean heavily on my faith, wife and family.
Being involved in agriculture is laborious but rewarding. Next-generation farmers need to establish a good work ethic early in life and be willing to learn. I encourage young farmer-leaders to think outside of the box and be willing to change or change will pass you by.”
Do you incorporate any sustainable practices on your farm?
Yes, sustainability is an integral piece of our operation. We implement cover crops, no-till, terraces and waterways. Additionally, we rotate crops each season. This year, we are going to start start incorporating some border work.