Young producers know what it means to put in a hard day's work. So you're bound to be inspired when NFL star-turned-farmer Jason Brown speaks to attendees as our keynote speaker at this year's 2017 Tomorrow's Top Producer conference in Nashville. The event takes place July 20-21 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.
In 2012, the former center for the St. Louis Rams decided against multi-million-dollar offers on the table from NFL teams seeking his talent. Instead, he felt called to serve people around him. In part, his decision came from the example of his older brother, a member of the U.S. Army who died in 2003 in a mortar attack in Iraq.
He and his wife, Tay, bought a 1,000-acre farm near Louisburg, N.C., and launched First Fruits Farm, which donates hundreds of thousands of pounds of crops to foodbanks, pantries and churches.
Along with Brown's inspiring story, this two-day event will be packed with motivation, business education and opportunities to network with other young farmers.