This year, we’re looking forward to showcasing the District Sales Managers and BigYield Consultants who work alongside our business.
Brandon Milliron is one of our BigYield Consultants. Based in Fontana, Kan., Brandon began purchasing BigYield.us products in 2014. Later, in 2016, he started selling BigYield.us product as a BigYield Consultant. He represents BigYield.us in east central and southeast Kansas. You can get to know more about Brandon in the Q&A below.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I farm with my stepdad and one brother. I have three step-siblings. I’m engaged to my best friend, Kayla. We’ll be married in October of this year. We’ve been together for a little more than two years now. We don’t have any kids yet, but we have two fur children, Sam and Beau.
I graduated from Pittsburg State University in the spring of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in diesel mechanics. Kayla graduated this fall right before Christmas. She works for a nonprofit preschool in Olathe, Kan.
For some things that I enjoy doing, I really enjoy guns and working on my land by cutting trees and making sure the property looks good from the road. I live on a busy road, and I take a lot of pride in compliments I get from people. Like most country people, I grew up hunting and fishing, and I still do both today. If there’s any time left in the day during the summer, I really enjoy playing golf as well.
My work experience has really focused on agriculture. I did, however, have to take a night job at a warehouse for about seven months last year to make ends meet. Starting out farming with hardly any capital and running on borrowed money, it’s very hard. After working in the warehouse, I decided I needed to grow the farm because the warehouse job wasn’t for me, and that’s what we did. We moved our operational direction toward custom farming. We have picked up 1,700 acres in the past two months. We plant, spray, fertilize, harvest and haul for customers.
What is your earliest experience with agriculture that you can recall?
My earliest experience that I can recall is riding on the fender of the tractor with dad. He took a boat seat and screwed it to the fender for us to sit on.
Why is agriculture important to you?
Agriculture is important to me because it’s a tradition for my family. This year, the corn crop that we harvested off of my dad’s place was the 125th or 127th crop that our family has taken off of that land. It’s hard to know the exact number – we stopped counting after about 110 years – but it’s up there. Also, another thing for me is the challenge of no year being the same. Just when you think you have something figured out, some weather event comes along and reminds you that you don’t.
What interested you most when you had the opportunity to work with BigYield.us?
The most attractive thing about BigYield.us is the people and how badly they want you and your business to be successful. After 10 minutes of meeting with them, it was clear that they were good, genuine people who truly do care about your business’ bottom line and your success.
What’s a key recommendation that you’ve shared with farmers to ensure that they keep their operations competitive this year?
The key thing that I try to convey to my customers is to not get complacent and cut corners just because the markets are bad. The best saying that I’ve heard in regards to this is, “You can save yourself broke.” In these tough markets, you need cheaper inputs and higher yields to remain profitable.