Outstanding Young Farm Family – Forestry Division
For as long as he can remember, Robb Brannan has been farming, beginning with helping out on the family farm. After high school, Robb’s father loaned him some equipment, and he began raising row crops. A few years later, Robb went into forestry, and now manages 228 acres of his own forest land and more than 3,000 additional acres for his clients.”I was raised on the farm from birth,” Robb said. “I want to keep farming because of my love of the land and the forest. It also teaches my children the value of work and of being a good steward of the land. I want to be able to continue supporting my family while doing the job I like to do.”Robb’s operation is primarily forestry consulting. He manages seedbed preparation and timber stands, keeps access roads usable, and contracts the logging. “We do everything except the actual logging itself,” said Robb.Robb’s wife, Casey, works as a registered nurse, but still helps by keeping the books for Robb. She enjoys living in the country, especially for the family atmosphere it provides.”Robb and I have an understanding that we are going to raise our children in the country,” said Casey. “Growing up out here teaches the children responsibility. And we want to stay out here for the remainder of our lives.”In addition to timber management, Robb also maintains some of his land for wildlife. He has no hunting leases on the land, but instead maintains it for members of his church to hunt on and for his own personal enjoyment. “I don’t hunt,” said Robb, “I just like being able to look out and see the wildlife. I love the forest. I want to keep doing this until the day they turn my feet up.”Robb and Casey live in Citronelle with their two children, Dalton, 5, and Laura, 2.