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REMEMBERING PAM GAINES

Springfield, Illinois (May 11, 2015) – Pam Gaines, a 16-year member of the BRANDT family and accounting database administrator, passed away early this morning after an extended fight with cancer. Pam was a key part of the day-to-day operations of BRANDT's Retail Agronomy Division and her leadership will be missed. A wife, mother and grandmother, Pam was dedicated to her family and we offer them our sincerest sympathy. For service information, see more at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home.

ILLINOIS SUCCEEDS WHEN OUR FARMERS SUCCEED



State Senator Sam McCann (R-Carlinville), Farmer Tim Seifert and BRANDT Agronomist Ed Corrigan discuss the challenges farmers face year-to-year in Illinois' number one industry and the relationship with state government.

LIVE FROM THE FARM – TECHNOLOGY, SOIL SCIENCE AND MORE!
DORADO NATURAL TO DISTRIBUTE PRODUCTS IN TURKEY


Cagatay Tulunay (Deputy Director, Dorado), Ufuk Ozturk (CEO & Founder, Dorado), Christine Bassaber (Senior Business Manager of Europe, Turkey and Africa, BRANDT), Didier Bassaber (Manager of North Africa, Middle East, BRANDT) and Emre Erbas (Turkey Business Manager, BRANDT) at the Dorado-BRANDT launch event.

Springfield, Illinois (April 16, 2015) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced today that Dorado Natural will distribute BRANDT’s products in Turkey. Taking on a portfolio of 17 BRANDT agricultural products, Dorado will feature BRANDT’s advanced foliar micronutrients, steric chemistries and proprietary humic acid products. Read more >

BRANDT SPONSORS CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE ON ORGANIC/SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION

Springfield, Illinois (April 17, 2015) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, is the exclusive sponsor of the new Western Farm Press online continuing education course “Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Production” for California licensed agricultural professionals. Read more >

BRANDT® ADDS ZONIX™ BIOFUNGICIDE TO SUSTAINABLE PORTFOLIO

Springfield, Illinois (April 16, 2015) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, has added Zonix™ biofungicide to its rapidly expanding line of organic and sustainable products. Read more >

BRANDT OPENS BEIJING OFFICE, SIGNS TWO CHINESE DISTRIBUTORS

Springfield, Illinois (April 13, 2015) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, is expanding in Asia by establishing its Chinese office in Beijing and signing two distributors to carry its advanced, high-performance foliar micronutrient products. Read more >

BRANDT HONORED FOR SUPPORTING VALLEY'S GOLD



Fresno, California (March 19, 2015) – On behalf of all 500 BRANDT employees, Karl Barnhart, BRANDT Chief Marketing Officer, accepts the ValleyPBS Champion of the Year award. BRANDT was honored, along with Gar Tootelian and the Meyers Water Bank & Wildlife Project, for outstanding contributions to Ag programming and education. New episodes of Valley’s Gold air every Wednesday at 7 Pacific on ValleyPBS or online at http://valleypbs.org/valleysgold.

LOCAL RACER CHALLENGES THE WORLD'S BEST



Overcoming immense odds, Riverton native Justin Allgaier is competing—and succeeding—at professional sport’s highest level

Springfield, Illinois (March 24, 2015) – Quietly, Justin Allgaier is starting to make some noise in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. A lot of noise. In front of a sell-out crowd Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in California, the Riverton, IL native scored his best career finish in NASCAR’s toughest series, notching a 12th place finish while carrying the colors of local sponsor, BRANDT. Read More >

BRANDT HOSTS ILLINOIS' NATIONAL AG DAY EVENT



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois Director of Agriculture Philip Nelson present the Brandt family with an Ag Day Proclamation as BRANDT and the Illinois agriculture community celebrate National Ag Day.

Springfield, Illinois (March 18, 2015) – The Illinois agriculture community gathered at BRANDT global headquarters to celebrate National Ag Day behind this year's theme Sustaining Future Generations. An estimated 200 Ag professionals, FFA members and distinguished guests joined Governor Bruce Rauner and Director Philip Nelson in honoring the agriculture industry and celebrating the abundance provided by American farmers. Read More >

BRANDT® AND THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TEAM UP FOR NATIONAL AG DAY

IL Agriculture Director Philip Nelson will join BRANDT, local agri-businesses and commodity groups to celebrate National Ag Day and the focus on the 2015 theme "Sustaining Future Generations"

Springfield, Illinois (March 13, 2015) – National Ag Day is celebrated each March as a way to recognize producers, agriculture associations, corporations, universities, government agencies, and countless others across the nation for their contribution to all of what agriculture has to offer. On March 18, Illinois agri-businesses, commodity groups, industry associations and media will converge at BRANDT's global office in Springfield, IL to recognize National Ag Day. BRANDT, a multi-generation, family Illinois agri-business has grown from a single location in Pleasant Plains, IL into a globally recognized agriculture brand.

This year's theme is Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations. Illinois has a strong, rich tradition of agriculture and those roots come from the many generations of farmers and ag producers. In Illinois, the family farm has been passed down from generation to generation, as proof with the more than 9200 registered centennial farms. On March, 18th, we honor those farmers who are sustaining future generations by feeding, fueling and clothing the world.

BRANDT WELCOMES COTE D'IVOIRE AMBASSADOR TO SPRINGFIELD



Rick Brandt and Team welcome H.E. Daouda Diabate (third from left), the current Ambassador of Cote d'Ivoire to the United States, to the BRANDT Headquarters in Springfield.

Springfield, Illinois (March 10, 2015) – As part of its ongoing efforts to diversify internationally, BRANDT welcomed H.E. Daouda Diabate, the current Ambassador of Cote d'Ivoire to the United States, to the BRANDT Headquarters in Springfield to discuss opportunities in the of Cote d'Ivoire.

"We very much enjoyed meeting Ambassador Diabate," said Rick Brandt, President & CEO of BRANDT. "Cote d'Ivoire is a key agricultural market in Africa and the Ambassador brought interesting ideas about how we can work together to jumpstart our business in his country. I want to thank the Ambassador for his visit."

BRANDT currently sells plant nutrition products, particularly targeted to cocoa, in Cote d'Ivoire. Cote d'Ivoire is the world's leading cocoa producer.

BRANDT AND PALUDO WIN SEASON OPENER



Curitiba, Brazil (March 7, 2015) – Miguel Paludo piloted the No. 32 BRANDT do Brasil Porsche to victory in the Brasil Porsche GT3 Series season opener at Autodromo Internacional de Curitiba. The two-time champion worked his way through the field from a 7th starting position. In the closing laps Paludo was able to overtake the No. 00 and hold on to take the checkers.

BRANDT® TO RACE IN BRAZIL PORSCHE CUP

BRANDT do Brasil Sponsors Porsche Cup Champion, Miguel Paludo, to Increase Marketing Presence in Brazil

Springfield, Illinois (March 2, 2015) – BRANDT, the professional agriculture company, is sponsoring its first race in an international motorsports series to grow brand awareness in Brazil. Read more >

BRANDT RELEASES 2014 RESULTS FROM RESEARCH FARMS

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (January 15, 2015) – BRANDT is proud to present the 2014 results from our Illinois Research and Development farms in Pleasant Plains and Lexington. This marks the tenth year for the farm at Pleasant Plains and the third for Lexington. The results from these trials have been implemented by our BRANDT locations to assist our customers in maximizing production and profitability. Click here to view the results >

BRANDT® PROFESSIONAL AGRICULTURE® READY FOR THE 2015 NASCAR SEASON

BRANDT® to be primary sponsor of hometown driver in NASCAR's top series

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (January 12, 2015) – BRANDT®, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, announced today they will return as a primary sponsor of the No. 51 driven by Justin Allgaier in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. BRANDT will be the primary sponsor for 21 races over the 2015 season. Read more >

BRANDT RETURNS TO SPONSOR AG-THEMED SERIES ON PBS

ValleyPBS and Fresno County Farm Bureau Welcome BRANDT To Season Three of Valley's Gold

Springfield, Illinois (5 January 2015) – BRANDT, a global agriculture company with significant operations in Fresno, CA, is returning as a production sponsor for season three of Valley’s Gold, a weekly series on agriculture-related topics produced by ValleyPBS and the Fresno County Farm Bureau. Read more >

BRANDT EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION OF VERDESIAN PRODUCTS

Springfield, Illinois (December 8, 2014) – BRANDT, a leading manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, has signed a new distribution agreement with Verdesian Life Sciences, LLC. The agreement grants BRANDT the exclusive right to sell and market Verdesian’s patented Steric chemistry in the Turf and Ornamental and eastern U.S. Ag markets under the BRANDT Reaction® product line name. In addition, BRANDT will market a number of other key Verdesian products from the legacy Northwest Agricultural Products portfolio (excluding WA, OR, ID, NV, UT, MT and WY). BRANDT currently sells and markets BRANDT Sterics in the western U.S.

BRANDT Sterics have a strong following in the west and product demand is continuing to expand south and east. The chemistry improves nutrient uptake and efficiency of phosphorus, potassium and sulfur by delaying the reaction and tie up of nutrients in the soil so they remain available to the plant for a longer period of time. BRANDT Sterics are especially beneficial in high alkaline and acidic soils where nutrient tie up is common. Read more >

BRANDT PART OF RECORD-SETTING YIELD

BRANDT specialty products used on Georgia soybeans to set record yields

Springfield, Illinois (November 26, 2014) – Working through Southern States, BRANDT products were used on farmer Randy Dowdy’s soybeans to establish a new yield benchmark in Georgia, producing more than 100 bushels per acre and smashing the previous Georgia record of 82 bushels.

In combination with progressive farming practices, BRANDT Smart Trio® and BRANDT Manni-Plex® B-Moly advanced foliars were part of the nutritional mix that produced 108 and 110 bushels per acre in two plots. Georgia’s soybean yield average is in the mid- to upper 30s; irrigated fields are in the 70s. Read more >

REMEMBERING PAT SCHADDEL

(Thursday, November 6) BRANDT and the agriculture industry lost a great young leader today. Pat Schaddel, 48, was the manager of the Technical Support Division at BRANDT. Over his 18 years at BRANDT, Pat kept the company on the cutting edge of technology and public policy, while serving many industry associations in various leadership roles. We offer our sincerest sympathy to his wife Rachel and his three children. Pat will be deeply missed by all. For service information, see more at: Butler Funeral Home

BRANDT AGAIN NAMED TO INC. MAGAZINE'S LIST OF AMERICA'S FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATE COMPANIES

Springfield, Illinois (August 25, 2014) – For the fifth time, BRANDT has been named to Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list provides a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

“I am incredibly proud that our team once again made Inc. magazine’s exclusive list,” said Rick Brandt, President and CEO of BRANDT. “My father and my aunt founded this company 61 years ago to help farmers achieve better yields and increase profitability. Thanks to hard-working members of the extended BRANDT family, we continue to do that every day and have built a vibrant, growing company as a result.” Read more >

BRANDT SIBLINGS NAMED ILLINOISANS OF THE DAY AT STATE FAIR

Springfield, Illinois (August 12, 2014) – BRANDT founders Glen Brandt and Evelyn Brandt Thomas (pictured above) were named Illinoisans of the Day at the Illinois State Fair. Evelyn accepted the award on behalf of the siblings at the Illinois Ag Luncheon from Secretary of Agriculture Robert Flider and hall of fame broadcaster Orion Samuelson. Later that evening, BRANDT was part of the winning bid, along with CME Group, for the Lincoln Land Grand Champion Barrow at the Governor’s Sale of Champions for a record $53,000.

BRANDT ACQUIRES RETAIL AGRONOMY COMPANY

Lemon Ag Services, Inc. to be integrated into BRANDT Retail Agronomy division

Springfield, Illinois (August 4, 2014) – BRANDT, a leading retailer of professional agronomic services in Illinois, announced today that it has acquired a retail agronomy location in Waverly, IL. Founded in 2004, Lemon Ag Services, Inc. will become part of the BRANDT organization, strengthening the company's commitment to Central Illinois.

"As a family company, we welcome the Lemon Ag employees to the BRANDT family," said Rick Brandt, CEO & President of BRANDT. "With the caliber of people who are joining us, we will truly be a stronger company with our combined resources." Read more >

BRANDT ADDS CORPORATE GENERAL COUNSEL

Allen Bolsters BRANDT Executive Management Team as Corporate General Counsel

Springfield, Illinois (July 28, 2014) – BRANDT, a global agriculture company headquartered in Springfield, announced that R. Lee Allen has joined the company as Corporate General Counsel effective August 1.

Based in Springfield and reporting to Rick Brandt, BRANDT CEO & President, Allen’s primary focus will be on providing legal counsel and strategic advice for all aspects of the business. He was most recently a partner at Sorling Northrup of Springfield.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have Lee join our senior management team,” said Rick Brandt. “He’s a fine strategic thinker, a terrific negotiator and an excellent leader. He’ll provide additional depth to our senior management team and help make BRANDT a stronger company going forward.” Read more >

BRANDT SPONSORS AG-THEMED SERIES ON PBS

ValleyPBS and Fresno County Farm Bureau Welcome BRANDT to Season Two of Valley’s Gold

Springfield, Illinois (July 15, 2014) – BRANDT, a global agriculture company with significant operations in Fresno, CA, has signed on to be a production sponsor for Season Two of Valley’s Gold, a weekly series on agriculture-related topics produced by ValleyPBS and the Fresno County Farm Bureau. With 13 episodes, Valley’s Gold will air on ValleyPBS through mid-September on Wednesdays at 7pm with encore airings on Saturday at 6:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am. The season will re-air in its entirety through the end of the year. Read more >

BRANDT MARKETING DIRECTOR NAMED TO SPRINGFIELD FORTY UNDER 40

Chandra Roberts Recognized by Springfield Business Journal for Business Contributions

Springfield, Illinois (July 8, 2014) – The Springfield Business Journal today named Chandra Roberts to its 2014 Forty Under 40. Roberts is marketing director for BRANDT’s Specialty Formulations division.

“We are all incredibly proud of Chandra,” said Rick Brandt, President & CEO of BRANDT. “She’s the kind of young leader that helps make BRANDT such a special place.” Read more >