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Ronnie Brown
Name:
Ronnie Brown

Age:
52

Residence:
Equality, AL

Alfa Member Since:
1977

Current Office or Board:
Coosa County President and Beef Chairperson

Previous Office(s) or Board:
Coosa County Vice-President; Beef Commodity Chairperson (other than farming act); Coosa County Cattleman's Association; Elmore County Cattleman's Association; Alabama Angus Association; Coosa County 4-H Horse and Livestock Club Co-Leader; Rockford Water & Gas Board Vice President

My Farm:
We purchased our 80-acre Coosa County farm in 1986. Today, I raise Black Angus cattle and produce hay on approximately 250 rented acres.

What I Like About Agriculture:
I enjoy watching the process of nature, whether it be grain growing into grass and hay or calves growing into mature cattle.

The Biggest Challenge Facing Agriculture:
The economy is the major challenge for agriculture, especially the rising cost of fuel and fertilizer.

I'm Proud Of:
My family. My wife, Donna, and I met while showing cattle in 4-H and have been married for 34 years. We have three children, Monica (33), a claims CSR with Alfa; Tonya (30), who works at The Feed Mill with me; and David (26), who works with the Union Hall in Birmingham and also helps with the farm. Donna and I have been fortunate enough to raise our children and grandchildren on a family farm.

I'm also proud of being able to retire from public work at age 43. After my retirement, I purchased The Feed Mill, a feed, seed and agricultural store) that I now operate with the help of my daughter, Tonya.

My Faith:
We attend Concord Baptist Church in Equality.

Education:
I am a 1977 graduate of Coosa County High School and received my Water Purification certification the following year. I was employed by the City of Alexander City Filter Plant for 17 years, then managed Stewartsville Water Authority for 8 years before retiring.

A Good/Bad Day Is...
A good day is when I can cut hay all day without any breakdowns. A bad day is having breakdowns when rain is on the way.

You May Not Know...
I was offered a scholarship to play football for the Florida Gators.


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