TGT Gottman Inc.
Hometown: Monroe City, MO
Farming Since: 1989
Tim has been farming alongside his brother, Trent, since 1989 on their row-crop operation of soybeans, wheat, corn and cover crops in Marion County. He is farming where he was born and raised, and continued to do so with his four children and two grandchildren. When Tim isn’t on the farm, he serves as a board member on the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and holds a leadership role with the Soy Transportation Council.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a father of four children: Ashley, Abbie, Taylor and our late son, Toby. My wife, Lennie, and I are also grandparents to two grandkids, Ruby and Leo. I am a Marion County farmer, born and raised, and still raise my family on the farm here today.
Tell us a little about your farm.
I farm alongside my brother, Trent. Together we run a row-crop operation with soybeans, wheat, corn and cover crops.
Tell us about your involvement in agriculture.
Through Missouri Soybeans, I serve on the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and hold a leadership role with the Soy Transportation Council. I am also an active Missouri Farm Bureau member, in addition to the American and Missouri Soybean Associations. I am also engaged in our local 4-H and support the country fair.
As a kid, I loved when my dad would drop me off in the field with my brother to sit and eat our lunch. I would take in the quiet and just listen to the tractor run.”
Should tractors be red or green?
Red, that’s the only right answer.
What is your favorite planting or harvest snack?
Fried Spam Sandwich.
What are you listening to while working?
Lots of talk radio and some Skillet.
I think a lot about my daughter who is in high school and all of the opportunities for women in agriculture. I feel hopeful because the industry is so diverse in opportunity that young agriculturists can find a spot that’s right for them.”
Who is your biggest influence?
I look a lot to my ancestors and how they did things. We think we are really busy today, but it doesn’t compare to the work our great and great-great-grandparents did daily.
Do you incorporate any sustainable practices on your farm?
We do minimum till and cover crops, including rye in front of beans. We are also working on the Edge of Field study which researches nutrient runoff from a field that has cover crops and from a field without.