We are so excited to introduce you to BreeAnn! She is part of
her family business called Brinkley Auctions. They are Oklahoma's
largest tractor and farm machinery auction! They have been
operating for forty years. BreeAnn has been involved in the farm
life since she was little. She now helps to run the auctions with
her grandfather, "Poppy." Poppy is the boss, BreeAnn is the little
Started loving tractors at a young age!
BreeAnn has always been involved in agriculture. Her grandfather
started her family's business. He was an ag teacher until he
decided to trade in his teaching for auctioneering. BreeAnn's
father, Brett Brinkley, grew up with her grandfather's business.
Her father began taking interest in the auctions and agriculture at
a young age. BreeAnn lost her father to a plane crash at four
months old, but her grandfather took over. She grew up surrounded
be agriculture just as her father did. She participated in FFA and
loved to show livestock. After she graduated college, she came back
to the family business. "Growing up at the auction and being born
into a tractor selling, livestock showing family, it is in my
blood. I love what I do now. I sell tractors daily and handle the
advertising for Brinkley Auctions."
Her favorite thing about the auctions is meeting all kinds of
people. People from all over the US have come to their family
auction, even some from outside the US. A few celebrities,
including Toby Keith and Mel McDaniel, have purchased equipment
from their auctions. "Interacting with farmers across the world is
truly a rewarding experience. It makes me happy to know that the
tractor or piece of equipment that I sold to a farmer will be used
in the production of farming. Farmers are very important to our
world, they allow us to have the necessities we need to survive. My
job is to help the farmers find the right tractor or equipment to
make their job much easier."
While we know that women in agriculture are becoming more
prevalent, it's still a challenge! "Not only am I a woman, but I am
very petite and I am young. Some men find it hard to do business
with a woman. I feel like some are hesitant to call or come look at
a tractor because they feel like I lack experience. If I can just
get them to give me a chance, they'd realize that I do have the
experience from growing up in agriculture." She enjoys surprising
people with her knowledge of the industry, by being a woman in
agriculture that knows what she's doing.
BreeAnn said, "Society assumes that men are the farmers and
women are the home makers. Now you see more and more women farmers,
and there is no limit to what a woman can do in agriculture. If we
can get the word out that women can be involved in agriculture, we
may encourage women to take a stand for agriculture." BreeAnn
believes women can fit into agriculture and she tries to be an
example for other women in ag. "I encourage all women to do what
they believe in even if it is a man's job, look at how far
agriculture has come over the years. Anything is possible if you
believe in yourself." Amen!
Thanks to BreeAnn for being one of our women in agriculture!
If you know an amazing woman in ag (including yourself), email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org!