Ryne Brannen was named the 2022 Bulloch Young Farmer of the Year on Thursday, March 10, 2022 by the Statesboro Bulloch Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee.
“I want to thank all of you for this award, but I really think you should put my entire family’s names on it too, because I don’t do this by myself,” said Ryne Brannen. ” I don’t farm for me, I do it for my children and because my granddaddy did it and his dad before him so I feel like I owe it to all of them to continue the farming tradition. Thank you again for this award.”
Ryne Brannen farms with his dad and his two brothers. They farm predominantly peanuts and cotton. He is a fifth generation farmer who attended UGA earning an undergraduate in business and a Masters in plant protection and pest management. After graduating with his masters, he spent a year working for the United States Department of Agriculture research farm in Tifton, Georgia, before returning to his family farm in Bulloch County.
Ryne serves on the Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors as an alternate, member of the Georgia Boll Weevil Eradication Committee, member of the Bulloch County Planning and Zoning Board and Vice President of the Bulloch County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
He and his wife Heather have three children, Anderson, Grady and Sally Beth.
Nomination for Bulloch County Young Farmer of the Year include being a Bulloch County farmer between the ages of 21-35 who earns at least two-thirds of income from farming activates, civic minded and enhanced the ag sector with volunteer roles and service.
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The event also included the annual Blessing of the Crops event which was held at the Cromley farm family’s Nellwood Farms and was sponsored by Morris Bank.