Our family: Gene and Mariann and our children Larry, Rick and Julie and their families. Our two sons farm with us.
We raise: Our farm is Royer Grain and Livestock, LLC. We raise corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, cattle and hay. The boys still sell project animals to 4-H and FFA members.
Why we farm: We like what we do. We like being our own boss. We like to put things in the ground and watch them grow. We just enjoy what we do.
Your motivation: It’s to keep the farm moving forward in the future. We want to improve our ground to leave to our family.
Our biggest challenge: Doing the very best we can to improve farming practices, to improve the ground.
Biggest misconception you’ve heard about farming: Being a teacher, you talk to kids a lot. They don’t think they need farmers. They just need the grocery store.
How we met: We were both in high school together at Roundhead Local Schools. We’ve been married for 60 years.
Do you remember what year you became a Farm Bureau member? Back in the 80s. We both served on the county board and we are in an Ohio Farm Bureau advisory council.
Hardest chore: This year it has been getting the crops in and then getting them harvested. The weather hasn’t been very favorable.
Favorite tool: Our John Deere Gator. We use it to check fences, and our grandkids learn how to drive.
Community involvement: Gene is on the Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative board. Previously, he served 24 years on the county educational service board. I was on the Chamber of Commerce. Rick is a board member for Ohio Cattlemen’s Association and also serves on our local school’s lands committee. I am a former school teacher. Gene worked at Rockwell International for 35 years.
Achievements: In 2006, we were Hardin County Partner of the Year for the Soil and Water Conservation Service. In 2007, we received the Conservation Farm Family Award. In 2008, we were elected to the Hardin County Agricultural Hall of Fame. And then we received the Ohio Livestock Coalition Environmental Stewardship Award in 2011. In 1997, I was Hardin County Citizen of the Year.
Our county: We have a very good agricultural fair in September.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member: Because your voice speaks louder in numbers. Farm Bureau works in the farmers’ interest.
Do you have a fun hobby? We’re good about attending cattle shows.
Who is your role model? If I had to pick one, I’d pick my father. He loved the farm and he loved his cattle.
A recipe from Mariann Royer:
1 pound ground beef
Large onion, cooked until clear
Package of dry taco seasoning
Bag of salad mix
1 cup shredded cheese
2 tomatoes, chopped
Catalina dressing to taste
½ bag Doritos, added before serving
Mix together and cool the ground beef, onion and seasoning. Then add salad mix, cheese and tomatoes. Mix in dressing to taste and add Doritos before serving.