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Proud to be a Heartland Farmer: Jerry Siemers

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"There's an easier job out there. But the next day I wake up and go right back to it again," Jerry said. "There's an easier job out there. But the next day I wake up and go right back to it again," Jerry said.
Jerry and Patti have three sons, and the youngest, Jon, says he's happy to take over the family farm after his dad retires and wants to see the land stay in the family far into the future. Jerry and Patti have three sons, and the youngest, Jon, says he's happy to take over the family farm after his dad retires and wants to see the land stay in the family far into the future.
Jerry is a volunteer firefighter in Gordonville and served as a former scoutmaster for a local boy scout troop.  All three of his sons are Eagle Scouts. Jerry is a volunteer firefighter in Gordonville and served as a former scoutmaster for a local boy scout troop. All three of his sons are Eagle Scouts.
"We say some years we make our living off of the dairy farm. Some years we make it off the crop operation. Some years we make it off of both, and some we lose our tail completely on both and this is one of those," Jerry said. "We say some years we make our living off of the dairy farm. Some years we make it off the crop operation. Some years we make it off of both, and some we lose our tail completely on both and this is one of those," Jerry said.
Jerry credits a lot of his success to his wife, Patti. Jerry credits a lot of his success to his wife, Patti.
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

After farming his entire life, Jerry Siemers had seen it all, or saw he thought.

This severity of this year's drought is something he's never dealt with, and it hit Siemers' farm hard.

But he still manages to wake up every morning with a smile.

"We say some years we make our living off of the dairy farm. Some years we make it off the crop operation. Some years we make it off of both, and some we lose our tail completely on both and this is one of those. It's been a stressful situation. It's been a struggle," Siemers said.

While the stress of the job can sometimes get Jerry down, he doesn't stay down.

"I'll be perfectly honest. There's been a lot of days that I've been ready to call it quits, load these cows up and say the heck with it," he said.  "There's an easier job out there. But the next day I wake up and go right back to it again."

Jerry credits a lot of his success to his wife, Patti, even though she never expected to be a farmer's wife.

"My dad was a dairy farmer when I was a child and when I was in the 8th grade he sold his dairy herd. And I always swore I would never marry a farmer, especially a dairy farmer," Patti said.  "And look what I get for swearing."

Although Patti didn't dream of living on the farm in Cape County, things have turned out quite well for the Siemers.

They have three sons, and the youngest, Jon, says he's happy to take over the family farm after his dad retires and wants to see the land stay in the family far into the future.

"If my kids take over, so hopefully it's still around for my kids to take over. That would be sweet. 6th generation, why not?" Jon said.  "My friends make fun of me and say 'Cape Girardeau County Road 208 for life!' I'm okay with that. I'm not leaving. That's fine."

Since Jon is taking over, that must mean Jerry has done pretty well too, and he has some advice for his son.

"As Jonathan is going to find out, there's going to be days you get out of bed and say a prayer before you get started and say 'Lord, help me get through the day and still be standing.'" Jerry said.  "There will be some days where you're still standing, and other days where you're on your hands and knees."

But because of Jerry's hard work, determination, and sacrifice, he'll end his days on the farm standing tall.

Along with farming, Siemers is also very active in the community.

He's a volunteer firefighter in Gordonville and served as a former scoutmaster for a local boy scout troop.  All three of his sons are Eagle Scouts.

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