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Archives for July 2013

Up for the Challenge: Jennifer Allen Named Solutions Provider of the Year

Jennifer Allen MaxYield CooperativeWhile there are no traffic jams on the extra mile, you will find Jennifer Allen there, handling a lot of behind-the-scenes work.

“I’m willing to make the time to take on extra tasks,” said Allen, Whittemore’s client care leader, who was named MaxYield’s 2012 Solutions Provider of the Year. “I’m up for the challenge and like to help out wherever I can.”

A master of multitasking, Allen operates the scale, handles billing for seed and merchandise, answers the phone, serves on MaxYield’s safety committee, bills out unit trains for the grain department, and handles a variety of other jobs throughout the year.

This West Bend native is well-versed in the day-to-day activities at the Whittemore location, where she has been based for nearly nine years. Not only does she value the opportunity to work close to home, but she appreciates the support her family provides. “I’m grateful that my mom can watch my kids in the fall so I can help at MaxYield during harvest, when we often stay until 7 p.m. or later,” said Allen, who joined MaxYield in 2004 after earning her accounting degree from Iowa Central Community College.

Never a dull moment in agriculture

Allen doesn’t shy away from volunteering for extra duties. She has helped select MaxYield’s scholarship winners, including recipients of the $1,000 Deanna Engstrom Memorial Scholarship. She has also helped test for aflatoxin and has handled aerial application billing tasks.

“I like working in agriculture, because it’s always changing, and there’s always something new,” said Allen, who can remember when MaxYield used to fill the west elevator at Whittemore with non-GMO soybeans.

When Allen was announced as MaxYield’s Solutions Provider of the Year, she was shocked. “It helps a lot when you have good people around you,” she said. “My teammates are great, and we have a lot of good clients in the Whittemore area, which makes it enjoyable to come to work.”

Editor’s note: Jennifer and her husband, Tim, who works for a local farmer, live south of Whittemore. They have two children, daughter Carlee, 6; and son Levi, 4. When Jennifer has time off from work, she likes to go camping with her family and take their horses and her mule, Sugar, on trail rides. “Mules are a lot more sure-footed than horses,” said Jennifer, who enjoys riding at Brushy Creek and beyond, from the Black Hills to Wyoming.



My MaxYield Internship: Amber Wolter

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What are some of tDSC_0390he latest projects you have been working on? As the crop scout intern I have been working on a test plot with Janie Imming and becoming familiar with the MaxYield territory. I have also been developing relationships with some of MaxYield’s clients.

 How has interning at MaxYield impacted your decision to pursue a career in agriculture? Interning at MaxYield has positively impacted my decision to pursue an agricultural career. I have realized that I would like to work at a local cooperative when I graduate college.

 What experiences have you had that have helped you to improve your employability skills? My MaxYield internship has allowed me to become oriented with the general do’s and don’ts in the working world. I have also had opportunities through the KCEDC program to further develop my skills.

 What is the most valuable lesson you have learned as a MaxYield intern? The most valuable lesson I have learned as an intern is to always ask questions. Someone will always be there to help because asking questions shows that you want to learn and further your knowledge.

 What are some opportunities you have had at MaxYield that you didn’t expect when first starting your internship? I was really surprised that I was able to be in direct contact with the farmers and I didn’t realize that I would be recognized as an agronomist on the same level as other agronomists. I also didn’t realize that I would have so many great networking opportunities.

 What do you look forward to each day you play your role as the crop scout intern? Each day I look forward to learning something new whether it be out in the field gaining more hands-on experience or learning about another aspect of the agricultural world.


Are You Ready to Run?

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By Howard Haas, board president

The governance process is one of the most important keys to your cooperative’s success, and it takes dedicated board members to guide MaxYield Cooperative. Several of MaxYield’s board members are seeking re-election this year, including Eric Marchand of Britt (board secretary) from our East Region, Jim Wirtz of West Bend from our Central Region, and Todd Meyer of Everly from our West Region.

In the past year, we adopted the new policy that if an incumbent wants to run for re-election, we won’t actively seek an opponent. We saw no merit in recruiting candidates just for the sake of running an opponent.

While we no longer form a nominating committee in that case, we do send a letter to all of MaxYield’s Class A members to notify them that they can run for the open positions. Nobody is entrenched on this board, and it’s not a closed club. We welcome new candidates to run for the board, where directors serve three-year terms. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

If you are interested in seeking election to MaxYield’s board, contact Chad Meyer, client relations/communications director at 800-383-0003 ext. 216, or

Meet Your MaxYield Board

MaxYield’s board members (and the year their term expires) include:

Howard Haas, Algona, president, 2015

David Garrelts, Emmetsburg, vice president, 2014

Eric Marchand, Britt, secretary, 2013

Todd Meyer, Everly, 2013

Jim Wirtz, West Bend, 2013

Don Hejlik, Britt, 2014

Jim Black, Algona, 2014

Barry Anderson, Greenville, 2015

Ron Rouse, Curlew, 2015




The Drive to Feed the World – Emmetsburg

It’s not too late!

The Drive to Feed the World

img_6954Don’t miss this unique, interactive experience, provided by Kerber Companies in Emmetsburg.

Climb aboard our big rig theater for an eye-opening video, hosted by Bill Goldberg, and enjoy a hearty BBQ meal from our custom kitchen truck.

Learn more at

Date: July 24th, 2013; 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Kerber Companies; Emmetsburg, IA

Please RSVP how many you will be bringing.

By phone: 712-852-8520, ext. 210

Or email:

No later than: July 19th, 2013


Open House – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Belmond Fertilizer Facility

MaxYield BelmondThank you for your support of MaxYield Cooperative! We are excited to announce that your new Belmond Fertilizer blending and storage facility is completed.

You are cordially invited to our open house and ribbon cutting ceremony, to be held July 17th at the fertilizer facility in Belmond.

When: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Where: MaxYield’s Fertilizer Facility – Belmond

When: 9:00 a.m.

Agenda: 9:00 a.m. Tours Begin / Coffee and Cookies

10:00 a.m. Welcome + Introductions – Keith Heim, CEO

10:10 a.m. CEO Message – Keith Heim

10:20 a.m. Al Mattison – Mayor, City of Belmond

10:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting ceremony

10:45 a.m. Tours continue

11:00 a.m. Lunch

We look forward to seeing you there!


Preferred Stock Offering Deadline Nears

5-percentLast Day to Enroll is JULY 31, 2013!

Earn a 5% Annual Return With Our Preferred Stock Offering

MaxYield Cooperative is announces one easy choice for investing in your future and the future of your cooperative: our new Preferred Stock Offering program.

This new investment opportunity from MaxYield offers $6 million of preferred stock with shares that pay you a 5% annual dividend. This is a win for you, our communities and MaxYield. Our clients have the opportunity to earn a good return on an investment, the communities we serve continue to grow and MaxYield builds a stronger equity base.

The preferred stock offering will allow us to continue and even accelerate MaxYield’s facility upgrades, completing asset upgrades faster in order to serve you more effectively.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity for you and MaxYield!

My MaxYield Internship: Clint McConnell

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As your internship has progressed what are some new things you have learned this summer? I have learned how MaxYield originates grain for their end-users and how Enogen corn is handled. I also had the opportunity to load train so I was able to see firsthand how that process operates.

What are some of the new projects you have been working on? Lately I have been entering outbound settlements that MaxYield sends to end-users and I have also been recording the rail and truck basis contracted by MaxYield from the last few years.

What is one of the best experiences you have had as an intern? I have really enjoyed getting to work with great people and having opportunities to network and learn at different MaxYield locations and events.

What are some of the activities you have been involved with lately as a MaxYield intern? Recently I toured the MaxYield locations with Harry Bormann and three individuals visiting from Brazil. I also had the opportunity to attend a grain merchandising workshop with Shiliah Spaulding and Mick Hoover in Council Bluffs.

What motivates you working as the MaxYield Grain Operations Intern? I am motivated at MaxYield because I know I am getting great experience from my internship and I have had the opportunity to create good networking skills that will be vital in helping me find a job after graduating college.

Who has been your biggest role model at MaxYield? Harry Bormann has played a big role throughout my internship at MaxYield. He is a great guy to work with and he is always willing to answer my questions.


My MaxYield Internship: Ryan Flagel

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What is your role as the grain operations intern? Some of my responsibilities as the grain operations intern include checking bin temperatures, helping empty the bunker, dumping grain, housekeeping, blending grain, and grain grading.

What are some of the things you have learned from your intern experience? I will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of grain elevator operations including MaxYield’s safety culture, various equipment operation, and scale operation. I will also have the chance to work at several MaxYield locations and learn about agronomy.

Who is your mentor and how have they helped you to succeed at your internship? Pat White is my mentor and Dave Hubka is my supervisor.  They have both done a great job of answering all of my questions and helping direct me toward different tasks that are in my interest for future employment.

What is your favorite thing about being in grain operations? I really enjoy being a part of the train loading process. I have already worked on three trains and it has been fun getting to work with different people and trying something new.

How has your MaxYield internship helped you to prepare for a future career? My internship experience at MaxYield has helped me prepare for a future career by giving me the opportunity to work in a real life work setting that is in my area of interest. Working in grain operations has allowed me to try out a position that I might want to be involved with in the future.

 What are you most looking forward to this summer? I am looking forward to getting out in the field more and learning about some of the different agricultural areas such as agronomy and field application.

Sale of Garner Lumber & Supply Completed

We are pleased to report that Friday, June 28th,  that MaxYield Cooperative and Adam & Denise Upmeyer completed the inventory close on the Garner Lumber & Supply transaction. This completes all closing activities required and fully transfers the ownership of the Garner lumber business from MaxYield to the Upmeyer’s.

The Upmeyer’s purchased all MaxYield Garner lumber inventory and a few additional miscellaneous items needed in their new business. They will transferr the purchased inventory to their new lumber building on the north side of US Highway 18 in Garner.

The Upmeyer’s plan to be open for business at their new location Monday morning, July 1, 2013.

We congratulate Adam and Denise Upmeyer on the opening of their new lumber business in Garner! We wish them many years of success at this location and MaxYield looks forward to working with the them on our lumber needs.