BRAWLEY – Bill Brandt was named 2015 Farmer of the Year at the Imperial County Farm Bureau 11th Annual Jim Kuhn Memorial Banquet Thursday at the Stockmen’s Club of Imperial Valley.
Brandt is a lifetime Brawley resident whose family has been a major player in the agriculture community.
After his graduation from the University of Arizona in agriculture, Brandt’s strong work ethic propelled him into being an excellent business and community leader.
His feedlot operation went from feeding his cattle to become a custom feeding operation. It is the largest in the Valley.
In 2001, along with a handful of local cattlemen, Brandt established Brawley Beef. The processing plant would mark a significant contribution to the Valley economy, creating hundreds of jobs at the plant, while other feed yards expanded, and ancillary businesses thrived.
Brandt overcame many hardships in his personal life and in business. He has overcome these and more to continue to be an innovative entrepreneur.
Out of some of these hardships, Brandt developed Brandt Beef, The True Natural brand. These animals are raised naturally, regarding hormones and antibiotics.
Brandt Beef is featured in fine international restaurants and grocery stores and has earned numerous accolades and awards.
As a generous contributor to the community, he is involved with Catholic Charities and their work throughout the Valley.
Brandt and his wife, Sue, were instrumental in the development of the San Diego State University North Campus. He was also an original contributor to the Imperial Valley Cattlemen’s Gallery at the Imperial Valley Pioneer Museum.
Brandt has earned many awards over the years including the 2010 Brawley Chamber of Commerce Branding Iron Award.
Brandt has established his legacy in the Imperial Valley and continues to build on that legacy today. The Bill Brandt story is not done.
For his 2015 Farmer of the Year award, Brandt received congratulatory certificates and plaques from the Imperial County and beyond, including the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, Imperial Irrigation District, Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, State Senator Ben Hueso, Congressman Juan Vargas, Farm Credit Services, and a special video appearance from GOP presidential candidate, Governor Mike Huckabee.