By C. Wayne Mitchell, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce
The Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Committee of Nacogdoches County are pleased to announce that Jason Brown of Nacogdoches is the first recipient of the Young Farmer of the Year Award. The award, sponsored by Austin Bank & Pilgrims Corporation, will be presented on April 24, 2018 at the Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center.
Brown has been involved in the cattle industry for most of his life. He gives his parents and family great credit for his success. “My father taught me at a very young age to do it right,” Brown said. He also points to the influence of the late Warner Wilson had on his education. Warner was one of Brown’s teachers at Chireno High School. One of Jason’s other mentors is Jack Nichols. Another major contributor to Jason’s success was his involvement with the FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization. Brown got his start with the beef industry very early in school by showing cattle.
Jason indicates that his success is a family affair. He is proud that his wife of 8 years, Erin and his three children, Sawyer, 4, Cutter, 6 and Kinley, 13 are very much involved in the business and contribute to the success of the farm operation. The Brown family currently has 90 head of cattle in their beef/cow/calf operation on 100 acres of land he owns. He also has substantial lease land as well. The Brown Family is in the hay business as well and works cattle for other customers as well.
Brown points out that the cattle business can be unpredictable at times. “Prices for feed and the price for cattle fluctuate from time to time and it is important for us to be aware of these trends.”
Nacogdoches businessman David Alders says about Brown “not only does Jason bring a great work ethic and real ‘cowboy competence’ to his farm and ranch work, but also he brings a warm, friendly and cooperative spirit and nature that makes him a joy to work with and be around.”
Brown has served on the Nacogdoches Fire Department as a driver and fire fighter fulltime for 14 years.
According to his associate and fellow fire fighter Ben Boozer, Jason is a great guy to be around. “Jason has been working cows with me for over 20 years and he is never late and always does the job,” Boozer said. “He is trustworthy and honest and a pleasure to be around. He definitely has a talent for metal fabrication. He is also a great fire fighter, no nonsense, serious and competent. At the same time he is fun to be around but always gets the job done.”
Jason says that his wife, Erin and children are very much involved in the farm operation. Erin and the kids work the cows as well, ride on tractors and contribute to the farms success. Jason sees a bright future for the agriculture industry. He points to the increased demand for products.
The Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Committee and the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to name Jason Brown the 2018 Young Farmer of the Year!