For Tyler Salmons, there’s no such thing as a typical day in the office. Every day starts with a cup of coffee from the Cenex gas station in Eldon, Missouri, where he meets up and chats with other local farmers before they all start their day. After that, every day looks different, depending on the work that needs to be done.
Tyler is the founder and owner of a successful family business called “Salmons Fencing,” where Tyler and two of his oldest sons travel mid-Missouri building miles upon miles of agricultural fence. Although this is a full-time job, he doesn’t stop there. He also has a cattle operation, raises hogs, and does some row-crop farming of corn and soybeans. He also grows triticale wheat for wet hay silage. In the winter he also chops and sells firewood.
Even though this keeps him extremely busy, he still makes time to go to every Friday night football game.
Tyler lives in the small town of Eldon, Missouri with his wife Shelia. Tyler and Shelia met in high school around the age of 15 or 16 and have been together ever since. After high school, Tyler got accepted to Mizzou, but didn’t end up going.
“I realized I had no desire to go to school,” he explained. “I was ready to start farming and have a family … we’ve always wanted a big family. And farming raises good kids.”
Tyler and Shelia now have nine children together.
“He has really taught our kids how to work hard and the importance of a dollar. He is a hard worker and a great story-teller, but he is a terrible cook,” Shelia said with a laugh.
Tyler also believes in giving back to the community, and he is a major monetary supporter of the Eldon FFA Chapter.
“FFA is building the leaders of tomorrow, it teaches kids that putting forth the effort is the only way to get anywhere,” he said.
His love for the FFA and his motto of working towards a goal has rubbed off on his children. So far, all of his kids who have been old enough to join FFA have been members and excelled, winning multiple state championships and even a national championship.
He has also taught his kids how to raise hogs and show them at the county fair. When it comes to competition, good sportsmanship is also something that Tyler has wanted to instill in his children.
“Even if they get out dead last, I want them to come out with their head held high.”
Tyler doesn’t see retirement anywhere in the near future, and plans on staying this busy for quite some time.
“I like doing what I do, so why would I retire? I don’t want to. I’ll retire when I’m 97 or dead!” he joked.
> photos by Chloe Wilson