* Dennis O. Bragg

Dennis O. Bragg was born September 16, 1910, near Gurley in Madison County, Alabama. He has farmed since graduating from high school, and continues to be active in the Bragg Farms operation at Toney, Alabama.

After farming with his father, Bragg began his independent farming operation in 1934 on a 162- acre leased farm. His early farming enterprises included purebred hogs and cattle, sheep, seed corn, cotton, and certified sweet potatoes. The operation continued to grow, and production with his son, Allen, now totals 1,085 acres of skip-row cotton, 2,149 acres of wheat, 2,149 acres of soybeans following wheat, and 768 acres of 38-inch row soybeans. All soybeans and wheat are grown for registered or certified seed.

Bragg’s leadership in agricultural activities began in the 1940s and 1950s when he served in leadership roles in the Tennessee Valley Sheep Growers Association and the Tennessee Valley Spotted Poland China Association. The following decades found him playing active roles in schools, churches, and the community, and in local, state, and national activities of the Farm Bureau, Extension Service, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, National Cotton Council, and others. He has regularly testified before congressional committees regarding farm legislation.

Bragg has actively promoted soil testing and other improved farm practices. A 420-acre tract of the Bragg Farm was used in the operation soil campaign beginning in 1983 as a model for what could be done with soil conservation practices in a modern agricultural operation. He received the Master Farm Family award from the “The Progressive Farmer” in 1972.

Bragg has been married 56 years to the former Gladys Steger. They have two children, Dennis Allen Bragg and Linda Kay Nord, and five grandchildren.