(866) 374-2112 brandon@usdainsurance.com

OUR TEAM

Brandon Willis

Brandon grew up on his family’s 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.

 

Watch this video to learn about Brandon's efforts to improve crop insurance.

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.

Contact

brandon@usdainsurance.com
(866) 374-2112

Bret Abbott

Bret AbbottBret 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.

Contact

bret@usdainsurance.com
(435) 757-7350

Wyatt Lamborn

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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wyatt@usdainsurance.com
(435) 881-7203

Errol Rice

Errol Rice is a fifth-generation Montanan, whose family has been farming and ranching in the state since 1877.

As an Associate Director at Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE) Errol advises clients on strategic relationships with Fortune 250 CFOs, and executive functions across private equity, private company, manufacturing, construction, and real estate. Previously, Errol was Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Prior to that he led trade and marketing policy for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Washington D.C. Errol leverages his experience in business, and ranching to specialize in Livestock Risk Protection (LRP), and Pasture Range Forage (PRF) products to mitigate risk for his customers.

He received a Master of Business Administration from the W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University.

Errol and his wife Kelley live in Bozeman, MT and they have two children, Jack, and Will. Together, they enjoy their careers in business, working the family ranch and higher education.

Contact

erroldrice@outlook.com
(406) 439-2029

David Fairbourn

David has had several roles in agriculture marketing and finance that have led him across the western U.S. As an agriculture loan officer with Idaho Ag Credit, he represented the finance interests of dairymen and successfully added dairies to his loan portfolio. During this time, David also worked as a crop insurance agent, marketing crop-hail policies to farmers in Idaho.

David grew up feeding and milking cows at Elberta Dairy (now known as Elberta Valley Ag) in Elberta, Utah, and worked on dairies in Cache Valley while attending college. As a member of FFA and 4-H, he participated on dairy judging teams that won regional and state contests, eventually going on to compete in national contests at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, and at the FFA National Convention.

David is married to his wife Barbara and they have three children. He is proud to work with dairy farmers as an agent with Livestock and Dairy Insurance Solutions. He has an MBA from Colorado State University, and a B.S. in agribusiness from Utah State University. His final team project was the development and marketing of milk and dairy products rich in Omega-3 fatty-acids, for an added health benefit for dairy consumers.

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david@usdainsurance.com
(720) 636-1939

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