Owner: Cody Goswick
Location: Monett, Mo.
History: The Goswick family has been spreading lime and fertilizer in the McDonald County, Mo., area for four generations. Cody’s great-grandfather M.F. Goswick started Goswick Lime Company in 1939, then started a rock quarry in 1975.
“I grew up in the passenger seat with my dad (Scott) spreading,” Cody said.
When Cody’s great uncle, Charles Goswick, decided to retire, Cody took over the family business in October 2021.
Services: Goswick Ag Services does not sell lime or fertilizer, but they do spread it.
“Farmers depend on us to get the job done,” Cody said. “We’re one of the only ones who do it. We have a reputation for getting the jobs done, jobs no one else wants to do. We go places no one wants to think about doing in the hills of McDonald County. We mostly hang our hat in McDonald and Newton counties, but we are expanding into other counties; Barry, Lawrence and Jasper.”
Cody added they also have clients in Oklahoma.
Lime spreading is the main focus of the business, which Cody calls the “bread and butter” of the company.
“That’s what we’re known for,” he said. “If you go around McDonald or Newton county and ask who spreads lime, everyone will say the Goswicks. I’m a farmer myself, so I understand farmer hours, and I work farmer hours, sunup to sun down if need be.”
Additionally, Cody also does rotational grazing consulting.
“I worked seven years with the New Zealanders and rotational dairy cows,” he explained. “I managed a farm grazing 700 Jersey cows, and lived in New Zealand for a year to learn rotational grazing.”
Future plans: Cody hopes to expand Goswick Ag Services and is planning to buy a no-till drill with the intent to rent it to producers.
“I would like to eventually have some kind brick and mortar store,” he added. “One day, I would also like to provide fertilizer, not just spread it.”
Business philosophy: “No job is too big or too small,” Cody said. “I like to take care of the smaller guys; I feel like the little guy gets forgotten sometimes. I will step in and take care of the one-load orders, the 10-, 20- and 30-acre fields, but I will also do the 300-acre fields.”