by | Feb 2, 2024

Brandon Robey of Adairville, Kentucky, Elected as Board Member for District 4 of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association

Brandon Robey, a first-generation farmer from Adairville, Kentucky, shared his story about getting into farming and discussed his appointment as a board member for District 4 of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association (KYCGA). With a passion for agriculture, Robey inspires both resilience in chasing dreams and involvement in organizations like KYCGA. 

When people hear the name “Robey,” they often think of Robey Farms Dairy, one of the largest dairy operations in Kentucky. However, Brandon Robey is not part of a long line of farmers. He’s a first-generation farmer whose journey into agriculture is both heartbreaking and bittersweet. 

Back in 2010, tragedy struck when Robey’s dear friend, who was just two years away from taking over his family’s farm, took his own life. Robey stepped in to lend a helping hand to Kenneth and Sandra Bracy on the farm. Three years later, he was asked to take the reins of Bracy Farms, fully immersing himself in agriculture like he had always dreamed of. 

“It’s always been my dream to farm,” Robey shared. Today, he’s the proud owner of Double R Farms, growing corn, wheat, and soybeans on nearly 6,000 acres in Logan County, Kentucky, and Robertson County, Tennessee. 

But Robey’s career hasn’t always revolved around agriculture. Before the farm, he quips that he obtained his “degree” from H&H Sheet Metal, where he acquired skills in various trades. From operating equipment to welding, and working with structural and mechanical engineers, Robey’s previous experience was advantageous for what came next – saving him an estimated tens of thousands of dollars each year in equipment maintenance and repair on the farm.   

This wasn’t the only transformative experience in Robey’s life. It was his involvement in the Kentucky Ag Leadership Program that opened his eyes to advocacy and the importance of being an active voice for the farming community. “We have to voice our opinions and protect our markets,” Robey said. Looking back, he wishes he would have had the encouragement to get involved earlier in his agricultural career, highlighting the importance of mentorship for new farmers.

This program not only helped Robey gain leadership skills but also served as a stepping stone toward his current role as a board member of the Kentucky Corn Growers Association. 

“We work hard to build a legacy, and if we don’t speak up and fight for agriculture, ag is going to continue to be targeted,” Robey said, encouraging farmers to join him in getting involved. 

In a rapidly changing world, Robey likens the role of farmers to that of defenders. “Just like defense in any sport, sometimes we have to be on defense and protect what we have established.” 

Among the pressing issues for farmers, Robey emphasizes the need to safeguard farmland. With increased commercial development, urban sprawl is encroaching on productive acreage. 

Robey also stresses the importance of preserving clean water sources. He and his wife were honored as Logan County Farm Bureau’s Young Farm Family of the Year in 2020. He attributes this award to the various conservation practices they’ve implemented. Robey believes that if all farmers adopt such practices, the collective impact would be profound. 

At the heart of Robey’s farm is his loving family. His wife plays an integral role in the daily operations and their two young boys eagerly lend a hand on the farm. Robey acknowledges them as the future of their farm’s legacy, but also believes in allowing them the freedom to choose their own paths, whether that’s taking over the farm or pursuing a different career. 

Reflecting on his journey into farming, Robey shared, “If I could hand everything back over to my friend, I would in a heartbeat.” For the next generation of farmers, Robey passes on some wisdom, urging farmers to not merely have dreams but to set goals and stay positive in their pursuits.   

Through his involvement in agriculture organizations like the KYCGA, Robey is an inspiration to others, to join grassroots efforts, engage in conversations, and champion agriculture. 

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