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BRANDT Bolsters Seed Sales Team

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (22 June 2020) – BRANDT, a leading agriculture retailer and manufacturer of specialty agriculture products, has added industry veteran John Raben to its seed sales team. Raben brings more than 40 years of experience to the Team.

Raben has spent the majority of his career—24 years—at Bayer (via its Monsanto acquisition) focusing on key accounts and grower solutions. His new role will be growing relationships with key seed customers and partners of BRANDT in central Illinois. Raben will also provide mentorship and sales training to new team members.                       

“I’m really looking forward to working with and growing the BRANDT customer base. They offer a vast portfolio of products, have a strong reputation and a laser focus on customers,” said Raben. “To be successful, you have to focus on the customers. It’s all about helping them succeed and providing the right solutions. I’m excited to come to BRANDT because their whole organization gets that concept.”

Raben and his family reside in Pawnee, IL. He holds a BS in Business and Animal Science, and a MS in Economics both from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA).

“John Raben is a preeminent leader in our industry,” said Kyle McClelland Seed Sales Manager of BRANDT Agronomic Services. “His experience, professionalism, and leadership will accelerate the strength and growth of our seed business in Illinois. “


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.