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Phillip Brodhecker
When small farms need feed for their livestock, one of the first people they're likely to turn to is Sussex County farmer Phillip Brodhecker.

Phil developed "Farm Fresh" feed, formulated for cattle, chickens, horses and other farm animals, after recognizing the opportunity to diversify the family's grain, forage and livestock operation.

A fourth generation farmer, Phil began working on the farm when he was in grade school. He started out raising animals and later expanded into growing field crops as feed for the family's livestock.

Phil graduated from Cobleskill State University of New York with an Associate's degree in animal husbandry and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University.

After returning to the family farm, Phil worked to strengthen the business by improving equipment maintenance, implementing conservation practices and building a strong retail market that's a one-stop shop for customers.

Phil is also known for the hay sculptures he designs each year for the Sussex County Fair. A tradition that began 10 years ago, the sculptures have ranged from a farmer to a rooster and an egg and are a must-see for fair attendees. After the fair, the sculptures are relocated to the farm and serve as popular photo stops for tourists.

At 38, Phil is the father of a 10-year-old daughter who is currently exploring agriculture through 4-H activities.

He has been an active member of several agricultural organizations including the Sussex County Board of Agriculture and Sussex County 4-H. He is a member of the New Jersey Farm Bureau and the New Jersey Agricultural Society. He is also a 2003 graduate of the New Jersey Ag Leadership Program.

Through his accomplishments in direct marketing and value-added production, Phil has proven himself to be a valued partner in his family's farming operation and a significant contributor to New Jersey's agriculture community.