Meet Brandon and Katie

Brandon was raised on his family farm in Buckeye, AZ, and has always known he wanted to operate a business in production agriculture. Not sure where to start, he headed off to the University of Arizona, where he received a B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Upon graduation (where he was named CALS Outstanding Senior), he wasn’t quite ready to leave U of A, so he completed a Master’s degree in Agricultural Education, then taught agriculture at Buckeye Union High School for two years. When he’s not irrigating crops, Brandon likes to escape to the Arizona mountains in search of coues deer and elk, take the boat out for a fishing trip, root for the Wildcats on game days, and read sale reports from the local livestock auction.

Brandon had the opportunity to attend Texas A&M University for another Master’s degree, this time in Agricultural Economics, in 2006. He is very glad he jumped on this opportunity, because it’s how he met Katie. The first day of graduate school, they were assigned seats next to each other in the back row of Managerial Economics in Agribusiness, and had to spend the semester working on a group project together.

is a rural Southeast Texas girl, who grew up raising a few Brahman show cows, wading through creeks and running through her grandpa’s hay pasture. Born and raised a Texas Aggie, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism in 2006, and immediately jumped into the Master of Agribusiness program. She enjoys drinking coffee on the front porch swing, accompanying Brandon on hunting and fishing trips, playing basketball, watching the Fightin’ Texas Aggies “beat the hell outta” whichever opponent they happen to be playing, writing and finding new ways to frustrate Brandon on a daily basis.

Just more than one year after that first day of class, Brandon convinced Katie to marry him and join his farming adventure in Arizona. They both completed coursework in their respective graduate programs in December 2007. Rocker 7 Farms planted its first wheat crop that same month, which was harvested days after Brandon and Katie were married in June 2008.

Five years later, they are still living and working on their own farming operation, focusing on growing and marketing high quality alfalfa hay, and very happily married. Brandon just might begin to gray early.

They welcomed their first daughter, Leyton Dean, on February 2, 2013, and she is pretty much the light of their life.

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