Brandon grew up on his family’s 4th generation ranch in northern Utah. Brandon earned his undergraduate degree at Utah State University, his law degree from the University of Wyoming, and his LLM in agriculture law at the University of Arkansas. At Arkansas, he wrote an extensive history of U.S. farm policy while earning his master’s in agriculture law.
Brandon began his career working as an Agriculture Legislative Assistant for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), then Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and senior Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He played a key role in the development, passage, and implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill from the U.S. Senate and later the Department of Agriculture. At Senator Baucus’ direction, Brandon drafted the Livestock Forage Program (LFP), the highly successful livestock disaster assistance program. LFP has provided U.S. ranchers over $6 billion in drought assistance nationwide.
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After working for Senator Baucus, Brandon served as the Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs at the Farm Service Agency, and then as senior advisor on agriculture policy to then-Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. From, 2013 through 2016, Brandon served as the Administrator of the Risk Management Agency overseeing the federal crop insurance program. In that capacity, he worked to expand the crop insurance program and to improve crop insurance for ranchers.
Brandon has had the unique experience of serving in senior posts at both the Farm Service Agency and the Risk Management Agency.
Brandon, his wife, Vickie, and their son, Charlie, reside on the family ranch near Bear Lake, Utah.
Bret spent the early days of his childhood on his Grandpa’s dairy farm in Cache Valley Utah before moving to the small ranching community of Laketown, Utah. Smalltown country living suited his lifestyle well and helped foster his deep love of the outdoors. Bret spent most of his summers helping neighboring ranchers.
Bret spent several years in the masonry trade eventually starting his own small business. After marrying his wife Lacey, he decided to go back to college and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration.
Bret uses his business background to help producers understand how crop insurance programs such as the Whole Farm Revenue Program and the Pasture Rangeland and Forage Program can help manage their risk improving their bottom line.
Bret and his wife along with their five kids currently reside in the small town of Richmond, Utah.
A native Iowan, with a background in agriculture, Tim Gannon is committed to improving the success of farmers and rural communities. His family has owned and operated a family farm since 1888, which he helps farm near Mingo, Iowa.
From 2009 to 2017, Tim worked for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC, serving in various positions focused on expanding opportunities for farmers, creating jobs and improving local economies. Most recently, he led USDA’s Risk Management Agency as Associate Administrator with Brandon. He worked directly with producers on improving crop insurance to better manage risk, with processors to develop new insurance policies to increase needed commodities for farmers, and with consumer and trade groups to continue expanding options and offerings for organic products in order to help American producers assume the risk to transition their operations. Tim also led RMA’s efforts to implement a portion of the 2014 Farm Bill, Conservation Compliance, and a USDA effort to reduce burden on farmers by streamlining the acreage reporting processes for Federal farm programs administered by the Farm Service Agency and Federal crop insurance.
At USDA, Tim also worked for the Rural Development agency, reviewing loan applications for the Business & Industry Guaranteed Loan Program and applications for the Value Added Producer Grant. Both programs helped ensure that loan and grant recipients would have a greater impact on their communities with better jobs for loan recipients and new businesses and products created through the value added grants. As Director of Advance, he planned Secretary Vilsack’s events around the country to highlight USDA initiatives and put the secretary in the best position to see firsthand how different communities addressed challenges and how those strategies could be adapted across the country.
Tim is from Mingo, IA, and is a proud Hawkeye. He received his bachelors of arts from the University of Iowa. He is fluent in Spanish and spent a year living in Spain. Today, he lives with his wife, Liz, and their big black dog Bert in Des Moines, IA.
Nate grew up on a small cattle and hay ranch outside of Manhattan, MT. In 2008 he began raising commercial cow-calf pairs and jumped into the finishing business in 2012. Before graduating with a degree in biology from Montana State University, Nate expanded his operation to include small grains and pulses. Today, he focuses his farming energies on raising 875 acres of certified organic dryland small grains and pulse crops as well as running his cow/calf/finisher operation.
When not on the tractor or moving pairs to new pasture, Nate works with farmers and ranchers around the country as a USDA organic farm and livestock inspector. This work has provided him with the opportunity to gain expertise in a wide range of production systems including small and large-scale dairy, row crops, and range cattle operations.
Nate tries to use his experience running a dryland grain and cattle operation to help other producers protect their own operations’ bottom lines. Protecting producers’ bottom line protects the rural communities in which we all love to live.
Wyatt grew up on his family ranch in northern Utah. He was raised working cattle and in the hay fields. When Wyatt was 14 he received a USDA youth loan to help start up a registered Black Angus seed stock operation with his father. He attended Utah State University and received his BA in Asian Studies along with a Minor in Business and Mandarin Chinese.
Wyatt started his career in the customer service field and has always had that in mind as he has transitioned through different positions from Managing small businesses to driving truck. Wyatt has spent several years as an insurance agent in Williston, North Dakota. Wyatt’s background and knowledge help him understand and meet our customer’s needs.
Wyatt is currently residing in St. George, UT.
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