SD Pork Producers Council honors Clear Lake producer, Paul Brandt |

SD Pork Producers Council honors Clear Lake producer, Paul Brandt

Paul Brandt of Clear Lake, SD was honored by the South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) with the 2015 Pork All-American Award at the Master Pork Producers Banquet on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 during their 47th Annual Pork Congress in Sioux Falls.

Through the Pork All-American award, the South Dakota Pork Producers Council acknowledges pork producers or industry members who have established themselves as dedicated, involved business people and leaders in their communities.

Paul Brandt grew up on a diversified family farm near Clear Lake, SD. He graduated from SDSU in 1981 with a degree in Agronomy and returned to Clear Lake to farm with his Dad and his twin brother, Joel. Together, he and his brother operate Brandt Farms, Inc., a diversified cow/calf operation, feeder cattle operation, a diversified crop operation, a seed sales business, and a custom hog feeding operation. Paul is also an owner in Supreme Pork, Inc., a farrow-to-finish operationwhich provides pigs for his operation and the other facilities owned by his partners and other producers in the area. Paul is also an owner of Supreme Welding, Inc., a metal fabrication shop which does custom specialty metal construction and repair work.

Paul is a Past President of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council, was recognized as the 2006 Master Pork Producer, and was a Pork Act delegate and an NPPC delegate to the National Pork Forum. He has served on the Ag United board and is also involved with Operation Main Street, and speaks to local community groups about pork production and policies affecting the pork industry and food production. Paul was a member of the Deuel County FSA Committee, and presently serves on the Deuel County Zoning Board, and the Deuel County Hospital board.

Paul and his wife Lisahave four children. Caitlyn is an Ag Business/Ag Leadership graduate from SDSU. Jacob is a junior Animal Science major and Tanner is a freshman Ag major at SDSU, and Dylan, an 8th grader at Deuel High School.

Paul and Lisa enjoy working together on the farm and would love to see their kids eventually return to work with some aspect of the farming operation.