Meet Travis Allan, Allan Bros., Inc.
I’m a third-generation apple farmer and fourth generation farmer. My great grandfather started with raising dairy cows and row crops to feed that stock. Years later, when my grandfather and his brothers assumed a larger role in the family business, they made a difficult decision to transition away from the dairy operation, and began planting tree fruit. Today, that business continues and we’ve diversified considerably.
After graduating from Wapato High School, I went on to Washington State University. There, I chose to study in the College of Business. Knowing that I could draw from my horticulture experience back home, with generations of tree fruit expertise only a short drive away, I studied business to acquire a better understanding of how to run a successful enterprise. The more I learned about business, the more I could help grow our operation back home—that was my rationale.
The tree fruit business is a lot like a playing a round of golf. There is a beginning, an ending, and in between, we think we are in control of our destiny. Now—don’t get me wrong—as a farmer I have a lot to do with improving our crop prospects, yet Mother Nature invariably has the last word. Farming is unpredictable, and as much as I hate not being in control, I love that every year, each harvest, will be different. There’s promise in that.
Travis married his college sweetheart from WSU, Kelly, and they are raising two children: their daughter Delaney and son Grady.