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Russell Farms

Ronnie Russell

Hometown:  Richmond

For over 45 years, Ronnie Russell has kept a diverse operation running. On their farm in Richmond, Mo, he and his wife raise soybeans, corn, wheat, cattle, sunflowers and run a fertilizer business. When Ronnie isn’t working on the farm, he strives to bring people who are unfamiliar with agriculture to visit.

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Farmer Q&A

Tell us a little about yourself.

My wife, Robin, and I live in Richmond, Mo in Ray County. We have five daughters and six grandchildren. I graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education.

Tell us a little about your farm.

My wife and I raise soybeans, corn, wheat and cattle. We operate an agri-tourism business, growing sunflowers and own a fertilizer business. The purpose is to bring people who need to become more familiar with agriculture to the farm.

Tell us about your involvement in agriculture.

In addition to farming for more than 45 years, I’m currently on the Missouri Soybean Association board of directors and the American Soybean Association executive committee, doing all I can to promote and advocate for policies that impact all Missouri producers. I have also served on the Missouri Fertilizer Control Board.

My favorite memories are the early years when my dad had me driving a tractor and helping on the farm.”

Should tractors be red or green?

Is there anything else but green?

What is your favorite planting or harvest snack?

Rice Krispie Treats.

What are you listening to while working?

In the tractor, it is 80s or 90s country. However, in the combine, I’m listening to the machine itself.

Who are your favorite ag influencers to follow?

I don’t have any.

There is no better reward than knowing when I go out on my farm that I’m producing a safe product and that I am part of the 2% that feeds 100% of the people. It is essential for them to get involved with their local boards so that they have a say in what affects their farm and their daily lives.”

Who is your biggest influence?

My dad. He taught me a lot about farming and what it takes to survive the tough years.

Do you incorporate any sustainable practices on your farm?

Yes, we utilize no-till, minimum till, cover crops and land structures and improvements.