The Brand Forest was for many years part of a family farm known as J.T. Brand and Company, and was given to the MSU Foundation in May of 2005 through the estate of Christine Brand. The gift was made in memory of the Brand Family and John T. Brand. The Brand Forest covers 2133 acres in Clay and Chickasaw Counties, and is being used for a variety of activities including hunting leases, row crop farming and tree cultivation. Proceeds from these activities will benefit general university needs at Mississippi State University.