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Paulsmeyer Farms Inc.

Roger Paulsmeyer

Hometown: Chamois, MO
Farming Since: 1974

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.

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Farmer Q&A

I come from a long line of people who aren’t afraid of the future. Growing up, anytime my father and grandfather discussed future changes in agriculture, they’d always follow it with the expression ‘bring it on.’ It’s wasn’t in their nature to eat the dust. I try to have the same mindset and instead embrace the change and take advantage in any way I can.”

Tell us a little about your farm.

When I was a kid, we were big into raising hogs and would raise up to 5,000 a year. When the market for hogs decreased, my family decided to sell the last of their herd. The farm operation has grown more over time. I have my son Matthew, two nephews and my brother working with me now. We plant soybeans, corn and wheat. My top priority is keeping everyone and the farm going.

Tell us about your favorite memory on the farm.

My favorite memory would have to be when my dad and I went from using four-row planters to eight-row planters. We were both so amazed by how much more work we could accomplish with new technology. Every time we bought a new piece of equipment it was an improvement.

Should tractors be red or green?

We really don’t have a preference. Lately, we have turned towards more green but we do run some blue and other colors.

Appreciate the lifestyle and history of farming. It’s about being your own boss and working hard when it counts but also about taking the time to step back and enjoy the other parts of life.”

What is your favorite planting or harvest snack?

When it’s handy, I’ll have deer jerky and a Mtn. Dew. A good bag of potato chips never hurts either.

What are you listening to while working?

I mostly listen to podcasts. I try to keep up on Ag Phd, the Pioneer Agronomy Update and showing livestock podcasts.

Who is your biggest influence?

It would have to be my dad. He was not only the ultimate farmer but also the ultimate guy. I remember one time we had a flood forecast and he and I were at the NCAA final four. He told me, “People have my contact and someone will let me know if the flood breaks a levy. Until then, we’re going to stay and watch this basketball game.” He loved to live his life that way. He also loved to fish which is something we did often together making him just a very special guy.

What are you listening to while working?

I’m a rock and roll guy.