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Texas Agriculture Archive

January 2, 2004

Brown wins Outstanding
YF&R Contest

 




The Donnell Brown family was a proud recipient of a 2004 Dodge Ram 3/4 ton 4x4 Quad Cab pickup with a Cummins Diesel engine, courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co
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Donnell Brown of Throckmorton was named winner of Texas Farm Bureau's Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher Contest at the association's 70th annual convention in Waco. The annual award, presented by the state's largest farm organization, honors the young leaders of agriculture and recognizes the hard work and determination required to succeed when starting out in this challenging business.

Brown, 34, has a clear vision of his role at the R.A. Brown Ranch, a family operation that includes farming, commercial, seedstock and stocker cattle: "Our number one goal is to increase the profitability and sustainability of our customers," says Brown, who grew up in Throckmorton County and lives there now with his wife, Kelli, and two sons, Lanham and Tucker. "And I believe that focus has helped us to be successful in the ranching business."

Brown was named winner over two other finalists: Jay Davis, 32, of Grandview, who preconditions and runs cattle on gain programs for customers, grows grain and forage, and runs a trucking business and farm service store in Johnson County; and Boyd Jackson, 33, of Lockney, who grows cotton, milo, seed corn and milo, and wheat and cattle in Floyd County.

As winner, Brown and his spouse received the following awards: transportation, two nights lodging and meals to the Texas Farm Bureau Convention; title to a 2004 Dodge Ram 3/4 ton 4x4 Quad Cab pickup with a Cummins diesel engine (Courtesy of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co.); 150 hours use of a Case IH tractor (winner selects from a 40 PTO horsepower up to 155 PTO horsepower tractor two-wheel drive or MFD front wheel drive assist, courtesy of Case IH); plaque and belt buckle representative of award (Courtesy of AmPac); and $500 worth of crop protection chemicals (Courtesy of Syngenta); $500 Cash Award (Courtesy of Dodge Trucks).

The Browns will also represent Texas in the American Farm Bureau Achievement Award competition. The national AFBF YF&R Achievement Award winner will receive a 2004 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 4x4 SLT pickup with a 5.9L 24-valve Cummins diesel engine.

As runners-up, Jay Davis and his wife, Laura, and Boyd Jackson and his wife, Shanna, received the following awards: transportation, two nights lodging and meals to the Texas Farm Bureau Convention in Waco; complimentary use of a 2004 Dodge Quad Cab pickup from December 2003 through November 2004 (Courtesy of Dodge); plaque and belt buckle representative of award (Courtesy of AmPac); and a $100 gift certificate to Grainger Industrial Supply (Courtesy of Grainger).