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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.

A leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of agricultural specialty products, BRANDT will sponsor Miguel Paludo in the Brazil Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge to lift its profile in the Brazilian agriculture market. BRANDT do Brasil, BRANDT’s wholly owned subsidiary in Brazil, will be the primary sponsor in the season opener at Autodomo Internacional de Curitiba with the two-time series champion behind the wheel.

BRANDT do Brasil, based in Sao Paulo, is the focal point for BRANDT’s growth strategies in Brazil. BRANDT is committed to bringing its proprietary plant nutrition technologies to Brazilian farmers. 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.

2015 will be BRANDT's second year in NASCAR's top series and fifth year as a primary sponsor with driver Allgaier and team owner Harry Scott Jr. in a NASCAR national series.

“The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series brings awareness to our brand beyond traditional marketing efforts and serves as a platform to conduct business in a unique atmosphere,” said Rick Brandt, President & CEO of BRANDT. “NASCAR enables us to connect and engage with our grower customers and distribution partners in ways that are otherwise impossible.” 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.

With 13 episodes, Valley’s Gold will air on ValleyPBS starting in late summer.

“There are more than 350 crops grown around Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley,” explained John Salmonson, former president of Monterey AgResources and project director at BRANDT. “Through this PBS series, we can help create awareness for the critical AG industry and the crucial process of getting food from farm to table.”

Host Ryan Jacobsen, CEO of the Fresno County Farm Bureau, gives viewers an intimate look at the families whose rich histories weave throughout the Valley’s cultural fabric. 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 >