Hudson's John Brassington wins Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Business Award
John Brassington who owns and operates an agricultural building company in Weld County was named recipient of the Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Agri-Business Award for 2009.
This award is presented each year to recognize a CYF member who has demonstrated huge competencies in ownership of an agri-business operation from which he or she derives most of their income. The recipient may receive the award only once in his or her lifetime. Winners are selected based upon their overall business program, leadership activities and civic, church and community service work.
Brassington, 53, started working in a residential and commercial remodeling business, mainly sub-contracting for another company. By 1990, he and his wife, Jimetta, made a calculated decision to move from the city out into the rural area in order to raise their children in a country culture. They purchased 180 acres and went about the task of turning the piece of ground into a home. During this process, Brassington built a pole barn that became the envy of the neighborhood resulting in several neighbors asking him to build one for them. The result has become a full-time business designing and building pole barns specifically for agriculture customers.
"When I was building for myself in 1990, I went to a local lumber yard to see what was available for agriculture buildings," Brassington explains. "I soon learned choices were slim and nobody in our area was putting up pole barns. So home I went to design, with some trial and error, a nice pole barn." This trial and error has become an operation that employs two men full-time and also utilizes part-time hired held as needed. Brassington does all of the building projects on a pay as you go basis which has meant that he has kept his business afloat totally on a cash flow basis, requiring no bank financing to date.
Brassington's primary responsibility to the company is to find the clients who need building done, to meet with them and design the building to their specifications. He prices materials and labor, writes the contract, orders the materials and determines if hired help will be needed and how much. He secures the building permit and the work ensues. "We have kept the business basically as simple as we can," Brassington explains. "We are still the same two guys working together with part time help as needed. We use the same suppliers. Today we use a bobcat to drill holes and a crane to lift the trusses. In the past we hand-dug our holes and hand lifted the trusses. But as our buildings have gotten more elaborate, so has our equipment."
Brassington and his wife, Jimetta, have been active members of the Front Range Chapter for seven years. He is an immediate past president for the group and has held several other offices since joining. The couple enjoy helping with the chapter's various activities to include fundraising events to generate dollars for scholarships the chapter awards, helping gather donations for the Fort Lupton food bank and working with the Adams County Sheriff Department's Special Olympics fundraiser.
Brassington has been a 4-H leader for 22 years and one of his primary jobs is the coaching of 8 to 18 year olds in archery and shot guns. He and Jimetta organized a 4-H club in Adams County several years ago and are very busy with the year-round activities of that group, including projects that benefit the Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House and the foster care program in their area. The couple raises beef and hogs on their farm and often supply area youth with 4-H and FFA show projects.
John Brassington (center) is the 2009 Outstanding Agri-Business Award winner. Jim Sheaffer (right) representing NC+ Hybrids was on hand to present the award to John and his wife, Jimetta (left). (Courtesy photo.)