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BRANDT Agronomic Services Promotes Two Veteran Leaders

Springfield, Illinois (7 September 2020) – BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty agriculture products, announced two promotions within BRANDT Agronomic Services. Joe Hermes has been named Crop Protection Manager and Pat Hermes was promoted to Plant Manager of BRANDT New Berlin.

Joe Hermes will help manage the crop protection products supply chain for BRANDT’s 27 retail locations in Illinois and Iowa. He is a 38-year BRANDT veteran in retail agriculture and has managed the BRANDT New Berlin location for the last 14 years.

“Crop protection manager is a new position created because of our growth in ag retail. As our organization has expanded and crop protection products have become more complex, we need an individual focused on that business,” said John Allen, VP of BRANDT Agronomic Services. “Joe’s experience and attention to detail will put a dedicated effort toward refining, integrating and managing our crop protection business.”

Pat Hermes will assume the role of plant location manager at BRANDT New Berlin. Pat is a 29-year BRANDT veteran and has been involved in all aspects of retail agronomy while in an assistant role at BRANDT New Berlin.

“Pat knows our customers and our operations, which made him a natural fit to step into the manager position at our New Berlin location,” said John Allen. “He will continue to bring unmatched value and service to our customers at that location.”

Both will be fully transitioned to their new role on January 1, 2021.


A leading agricultural company, BRANDT serves growers around the globe. Founded in 1953 by Glen Brandt and his sister Evelyn Brandt Thomas to help Illinois farmers adopt new and profitable technologies, the company has experienced aggressive growth under the leadership of President and CEO Rick Brandt. Innovation, technology and strong customer service are a few of the core beliefs that drive BRANDT today. BRANDT’s focus is providing the products and services that give growers the best opportunity for return while building a stronger, healthier and more abundant food supply.