Annie Dee of Aliceville, Ala., loves that she’s not what most people think of when they picture a farmer. That’s because it allows her to have candid conversations with people outside of the industry, share how farmers provide safe and healthy food, and put a face to the family farm.
Annie’s family has a long and multi-state history with farming. Her parents founded Dee River Ranch in Florida in the 1950s. After college, Annie fell in love with farming, and she joined the operation in 1981.
A few years later, that property was sold to the state, and Dee River Ranch relocated to its current location, which straddles the Mississippi and Alabama border.
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As you can imagine, relocating a farm to a new area with different soil types and crop mixes was an uphill battle. That’s where Annie’s strong work ethic and creative mind shined.
During the past three decades, Annie has done nearly every job on Dee River Ranch, which today produces corn, soybeans and cattle, and harvests timber. Her broad understanding of agronomy, machinery and technology serve her well in her current role as manager.
Annie is one of 12 children, who together own the 10,000-acre operation. Annie’s brother Mike along with her twin sons, Jesse and Seth, are at the helm today, and they combine their talents for a top-notch team. Annie’s husband, Ed, is an Extension plant pathologist with Auburn University and helps diagnose diseases in their crops.
Annie is a pioneer in many ways. Soil health and fertility are top priorities, and the operation manages those factors through crop rotations, conservation tillage and cover crops. The farm also conserves water and reduces input costs through a sophisticated irrigation system and a 120-acre reservoir that collects winter and spring rains for later crop applications.
To help others understand the importance of being good stewards of the land, Dee River Ranch has an open-door policy, allowing others to learn about the latest practices they are implementing. As one of her references said: Annie is a wonderful example of a farmer who cares about the land for future generations.
Beyond Annie’s work on the farm, she takes great pride in giving her time to important causes. She works with a program to educate students and teachers about farm safety, is involved with the United Soybean Board, the Invest An Acre program and many other organizations.
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