Weigand Grain & Livestock is a genuine family farm in west-central Missouri. Dan and Brenda started farming together after they were married in 1981. The family and farm have grown together over the past 30 years. The Weigands raised two sons and two daughters, with the two sons joining the farm as full-time partners.
The farm now consists of 2,500 acres of owned land, plus rented land for growing a rotation of corn, soybean, wheat and alfalfa crops. The pride of the Weigand family is its herd of registered Angus cattle. They conduct a bull sale each March and sell bred replacement heifers private treaty. They also manage a commercial beef cow herd of 200 cows and background calves. In addition, this diversified farm has a custom mix feed store business and over-the-road trucking business. The Weigands also keep a few Quarter Horses to work cattle and enjoy competing with them in team penning and ranch sorting competitions around the state.
The Weigands are known for their strong work ethic, cooperative spirit and leadership abilities. Dan has volunteered his time to serve as president of the Missouri Angus Association. Dan and Brenda's children grew up actively involved in their local FFA chapter. The Weigands have adopted new technology and react quickly to opportunities to reduce input costs and build extra value in the ag products they market.
Dan and Brenda say they feel blessed to be a part of Missouri agriculture and to have their two sons and two daughters working alongside them. Their long-range goal is to leave their farmland in better shape than when they found it – for the next generation.
The Missouri Master Farmer Award program recognizes individuals with innovative ideas, business skills, sound conservation practices, agricultural leadership and community service. The program was revived by Missouri Ruralist and University of Missouri Extension in 2008, after being dormant for 50 years. See the Master Farmer link on this website for more information on nominating a deserving farmer for the next class of Missouri Master Farmers.