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Archives for November 2013

Welcome Susan Post: MaxYield Names Next CFO

Susan Post compSusan Post will become chief financial officer (CFO) of MaxYield Cooperative, effective Jan. 1, 2014, fol- lowing Bob Burkhardt’s retirement.

“Having to replace someone with the experience and leadership of Bob Burkhardt would be an enormous challenge for any company, but we were extremely fortunate to have excellent candidates apply for this position,” said MaxYield CEO Keith Heim. “With Susan’s qualifications and background, we’re confident that she’ll provide the necessary leadership to continue MaxYield’s success.”

Post will be based in MaxYield’s West Bend headquarters. She and her husband, Allen, live on a farm near Woden and have three children.

Building on years of experience

Before joining MaxYield, Post established an accounting and tax practice in Titonka in 1998. She worked primarily with ag producers and specialized in individual, corporate, partnership, estate, and nonprofit tax preparation, plus accounting and payroll services.

Prior to establishing her accounting firm, Post served as an auditor at McGladrey and Pullen, working from their Des Moines and Mason City offices. “My favorite part of working in public accounting was analyzing a client’s financial situation or tax return and knowing exactly what would happen to the numbers, based on electing a different strategy. My goal is to provide that same level of service and understanding to Max Yield Cooperative as CFO.”

From 2004 to 2011, Post served as a board member and audit committee chair for Midwest Grain Processors Cooperative (MGP). She has assisted with financing projects, audits, equity raises, and maintaining and protect- ing farmer interests in the ethanol facility. Post also represented MGP Co-op and farmer interests as a board member for Global Ethanol, Inc., from 2006 to 2010.

“While sitting on the board for Midwest Grain Processors Cooperative and Global Ethanol, LLC I had the opportunity to work with Max Yield Cooperative on a regular basis,” Post said. “I was impressed with the organization and the people and appreciate the opportunity to be part of the team.”

Post grew up in Mt. Ayr and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Northern Iowa. In addition to being a certified public accountant, she has held Series 7 and Series 66 securities licenses.

“While there will be a learning curve at MaxYield, Susan has great credentials,” Burkhardt said. “There’s no doubt in my mind she will be a great fit for MaxYield.”


We’re Off to a Good Start

The famous painter Vincent Van Gogh noted that “great things are not done on impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

That’s true every day at MaxYield Cooperative, and it’s reflected in our fiscal results for the year ending July 31, 2013. It’s rewarding to be able to report a successful year in which:

• Local savings from operations exceeded our business plan projections, with savings totaling more than $4.2 million.

• Patronage from other cooperatives totaled more than $4.9 million. This combination of earnings resulted in a level of pre-tax total savings for MaxYield of more than $9.1 million.

• More than $5.7 million will be returned to members in the form of patronage allocations and Section 199 Domestic Production Activities Deductions.

• MaxYield’s retained savings continue to grow, and our balance sheet continues to strengthen.

In fact, MaxYield’s balance sheet is as strong as it has been at any time in the company’s history. This offers great peace of mind, especially with the tremendous volatility in agriculture today. Strong financials also allow us to capitalize on opportunities while upgrading equipment, facilities, and rolling stock, which remains a priority. Your support makes this success possible.

Thanks a million

I’d also like to thank you for your support of MaxYield’s first preferred stock offering in fiscal year 2013. We raised nearly $1 million ($972,000, to be exact). This is on our balance sheet, which has also strengthened our financial position.

In August of 2013, the MaxYield board declared paying the 5% dividend on the Class A preferred stock shares. The dividend paid was for the period from the time of each individual investor’s subscription date through Aug. 31, 2013.

Going forward, the board will consider a dividend payment on an annual basis. This stock will help MaxYield continue to invest in our facilities, equipment, and rolling stock.

Paying your deferred equity

MaxYield is also pleased to retire nearly $60,000 of Farmers Cooperative of Britt preferred stock from regional cooperatives and more than $205,000 of Fostoria Cooperative Elevator Company preferred stock, per previous merger agreements with those organizations. These payments pay off the remaining applicable Fostoria equity and Britt regional equity due their members. You can read more about this on page 6.

See you at the annual meeting

It’s hard to believe, but MaxYield’s annual meeting is quickly approaching on Dec. 3. Board members seeking re-election include Todd Meyer from Everly (West Region), Jim Wirtz from West Bend (Central Region), and Eric Marchand from Britt (East Region). I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

In the meantime, MaxYield is off to another strong start in the current fiscal year, thanks to your support. We appreciate your business and look forward to providing you with superior solutions in the months ahead. ■


Hancock County 4-H Dues Decreased

MaxYield Cooperative presented Hancock County Extension and Outreach with a contribution aimed at decreasing the cost of enrollment in 4-H youth programs.

“We are continuing our support of local 4-H and our commitment to our youth,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield Client Relations Director. “Recently, we presented a contribution for $10.00 per 4-H member in order to decrease the cost of 4-H membership.”

Meyer said the cooperative has two goals in providing the program. “First, we want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families, especially families that have multiple children enrolled. Secondly, by paying a portion of each 4-H member’s enrollment fee, we are able to continue our mission in supporting 4-H so that each member benefits.”

The cooperative contributed nearly $1800 to County Extension and Outreach and will contribute more than $18,000 to 4-H in seven Iowa counties annually.

“We believe that 4-H is one of the cornerstones in developing youth and 4-H provides an excellent foundation to build strong families. 4-H also provides a great way for young people to learn more about agriculture and its exciting future,” commented Meyer.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and Riga, Michigan. Founded in 1915, MaxYield Cooperative is headquartered in West Bend, Iowa. More information about the cooperative can be found online at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com and at www.FromTheField.com.


Pheasant dynasty: Making a difference, one pheasant at a time

We were proud to welcome to Kossuth County three members of the Wounded Warrior Battalion from Camp Lejeune, N.C. during the annual Hunting with Heroes event Veteran’s Day weekend. MaxYield Cooperative was honored to provide the airfare to fly the Marines to the area and we give a heartfelt thanks to all of the organizers, who make this a special event for all involved.

Photos and Story By Mindy Baker, Editor Algona UDM

DSC_0070LAKOTA — It doesn’t sound like much, just a pheasant hunting trip with friends.

Walking through tall grass, listening to the handlers encouraging their dogs, listening for the cackle, the burring as a Ring-neck takes to the air. Experienced hunters calling out “Hen!” or “Rooster!” The bang of a shotgun, the smell of gunpowder.

It’s a scene played out over and over every weekend during pheasant season in Iowa.

“You can not buy family and friends and a morning like this,” said John Janes, a retired Marine and one of the integral parts of Lakota’s annual Hunting with Heros.

The event started in 2011 as Bernie Becker of Lakota, and his son, Jason Becker of Apex, N.C., wanted to do something to honor veterans in a special way. “We’ve got land, and we’ve got pheasants,” said Bernie. “A hunt seemed to make sense.”

Both Jason and Janes work for Caterpillar, and Janes put Jason in contact with the Wounded Warrior Battalion in Camp Lejeune, N.C. In 2011, four Marines were brought to Lakota for a weekend of hunting, ending with a banquet for more than 400 area veterans and sponsors of the event. Another four brought in 2012.

On Friday, Nov. 8, Corporal William Christianson, Gunnery Sergeant Charlie Moralez and First Lieutenant James Nash flew into the Des Moines International Airport, along with Jason, his wife, Jess; son, Jack; and Janes.

Waiting for them were Bob Lohrman and 19 members of the Patriot Guard Riders, just as the guard has for the past two hunts. They lined the hallway of the airport with flags and stood at attention as the men, all Purple Heart recipients, left the terminal. People waiting for their own friends and loved ones joined the guard, cheering and clapping as the men were welcomed to Iowa soil.

“It is an honor to be here to recognize these young men,” said Lohrman. “It’s neat to have them come here, have fun and enjoy Iowa. They deserve it.”

Waiting at the end of the hall was Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and members of the Marine Corps League Detachment in Des Moines.

“It means a lot to see these young men, these wounded young men, be appreciated for the service they have done for their country,” said Commandant Patrick J. Pins.

A celebration of the 238th anniversary of the Marine Corps was held in the Cloud Room at the airport. “It is an honor to be here, and for it to be Veterans’ Day weekend, it is especially appropriate,” said Reynolds. “As recipients of the Purple Heart, you have shown your dedication to all Americans, shown service above self.”

DSC_0081A surprise

Following the ceremony, the long ride to Kossuth County commenced. In Buffalo Center, two Kossuth County Sheriff deputies picked up the caravan of Marines and gave a lights-and-siren escort into Lakota, ending at Road Runners, where a steak dinner was on the menu. Even better, leaning up against the bar in Road Runners was a tall, lean young man with a scruffy beard.

When one of the four invited Marines was unable to attend the hunting trip, the Beckers had contacted Sergeant Jamie Lantgen, an alumni of the 2011 Hunting with Heroes. Now retired, Lantgen had been known in 2011 for his quiet, withdrawn manner.

“I was in rough shape back then,” said Lantgen. “I wasn’t in a good place in my head and I was hurting a lot.” Lantgen greeted everyone as they walked into the restaurant, shaking hands and passing out hugs, and engaging the new crop of hunters in conversations.

He now owns several acres, including a pond, in rural South Dakota, about four hours from Lakota. He came back not to be one of the wounded hunters, but with his bird dog, to be one of the guides.

He also spoke at the banquet, in front of more than 400 people. He had not spoken at the first banquet, and speaking this time was his condition for coming back to help guide. “This event, these people in Lakota, made a difference in my life,” said Lantgen, who is now a father. “It brought back to me that I wanted to come back, it brought back that I wanted to give this — small town, rural life — to my family. Thank you.”

Making a difference

The hunters bagged their limits both days, thanks to the generous support of the landowners who had refrained from hunting their land until after the Marines arrived and had their hunt.

Perhaps Lee Kiewiet of Buffalo Center sacrificed the most, as over the summer on his prairie plot, he had tracked a uniquely feathered pheasant with large splashes of white. Kiewiet is one of the dog handlers who help flush and retrieve birds for the Marines. On Saturday, Nov. 9, Jason Becker brought down the white pheasant.

“Not only that, it was my birthday and he shot my bird,” said Kiewiet.

Other good-natured ribbing occurred between the wire-haired dog owners and Labrador owners, over who shot the most ammunition and over who was the most accurate. For one brief moment, however, they were all reminded why they were there. After one of the dogs flushed a rooster, one of the handlers hollered “Shoot him!” and one of the Marines dropped to a defensive posture.

“All of a sudden I was back on patrol,” said Christianson. “Then I realized he meant the bird.” The bird escaped, but it was one of the last to escape as over the morning, the Marines relaxed and let go of their past.

That’s what Hunting with Heroes is about for Janes.

“The military fosters a darkness in its young men,” said Janes. “You need the darkness. Sympathy and mercy will get these men killed in war, but it stains you. Coming here lets them know they can be human again, that they can trust outsiders.

“We train for a job we don’t want to talk about, for the love of country, and some don’t come back. And some don’t heal completely. But then they come here, where Lakota is providing an extremely safe harbor, an opportunity for extremely dangerous, rough men to come back to life,” added Janes. “It’s about that four-letter word, love. Where these men come from, they don’t see love. They don’t see it at Camp Lejuene, but they see it here, they come to Lakota and it’s a rebirth.”

During the banquet, K&H gas cards were handed out to all area veterans in attendance, and the Heartwarmers Quilt Guild of Buffalo Center presented each of the Marines, including Lantgen, a handmade quilt. The Bishop Garrigan Danz Squad also provided each Marine with a tie fleece quilt, and Dr. Greg Williams, his wife, Gwen, and their children presented the Marines with thank you books made by the Estherville-Lincoln Central Community School elementary classes.

The men

DSC_0077Corporal William Christianson

Christianson has been in the Marine Corps for seven years, and both of his grandfathers were Marines. “I really like the structure, and I’m a server. I really take protect and serve very seriously,” said Christianson.

He has served in Japan, and two tours in Afghanistan, in multiple aspects. He’s worked in motor transport, as a machine gunner, marksman coach and a heavy weapons expert. While he states he loves his ‘toys,’ the way to get his eyes to light up is to ask about his 11-month-old daughter, Macenzie.

“I love her to death,” said Christianson. “She is my purpose in life. I’m lucky as hell.” Because of his injuries, he will be medically discharged from the Marines. He’s hoping to get a job doing quality control with Caterpillar that would allow him to continue working with heavy machinery.

“I don’t do well with crowds, but I’m comfortable here,” said Christianson. “I want to retire to the east coast, someplace very rural, where I can hunt and fish. “Being at the Wounded Warrior Battalion, it sucks to see people who are hurt worse that you are, but you see them still go out and doing stuff,” added Christianson. “I’m proud to be a Marine.”

 Gunnery Sergeant Charlie Moralez

Moralez has been with the United States Marine Corps for 21 years.

“I’d like to stay in the Marines,” said Moralez. “But I’ve been able to do everything I’ve aimed to do when I went in, and more.” It’s easier to name where Moralez hasn’t been — Antarctica and South Africa. “I wanted to travel, see different countries,” said Moralez. “I’ve had a lot of fun.”

He explained that the biggest change in the Marines has been technology. “When I started, the average administrative clerk would take the ball out of his typewriter and put it in his pocket when he went home,” said Moralez. “Now there is Facebook and Twitter and instant messaging. It has its benefits, and it has drawbacks.”

He has a 15-year-old daughter, 10-year-old son and a 6-year-old girl. His passion for the outdoors and hunting, fostered as he grew up in Washington state, has been passed on to all of his children. His eldest daughter plays football, and he smiles as he talks about his youngest daughter.

“Both girls have a definite tomboy streak. I can’t tell you how many times I catch my youngest scaring her mom with an armful of frogs.”

He’s glad to be done with deployments. “The last decade and a half it has been non-stop running, deployments,” said Moralez. “It’s hard to believe I’m already at 21 years. It’s gone so fast.”

Because of the non-stop running, he hasn’t hunted much in the last 20 years, which was why he signed up for Hunting with Heroes. “This is great, being around real people. What you see is what you get. I love Lakota. It’s a nice town, and its great that they foster and bring to us that relaxing aspect,” said Moralez.

He has a degree in Homeland Security and hopes to get a job in emergency management in either the county or state level in the Northwest or Midwest so he can still “get down in the dirt.” “I don’t want to go to the federal level and just be a key puncher,” said Moralez.

DSC_0122First Lieutenant James Nash

Nash can trace military service in his family back to 1750. “I joined the Marines because they have the highest standards, and I wanted to be around quality men,” said Nash.

He grew up in Oregon, and enjoys hunting and fishing. During the hunt, he collected tail feathers. He will use the feathers to tie flies.

He’s served four years, and has been stationed at the base in Quantico, Va.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Helmand, Afghanistan and Camp Lejuene, N.C.

“This is overwhelming, in the absolute best of ways,” said Nash. “A year ago I was in the hospital in Camp Leatherneck (Helmand Province), and it was the second time I had been there.”

As a tank platoon commander, Nash was in charge of a platoon of four tanks. During one of his deployments, his platoon came under attack. He spoke briefly at the banquet on Sunday, standing in front of more than 400 veterans, spouses and sponsors of the weekend hunt.

“One of my men was killed, and a couple of months later, his daughter was born,” said Nash. “One thing they always tell you in the Marines is that you can never go home again. A year ago I would have never thought I would be in such a comfortable, loving environment.

You have restored my faith that I can come home,” added Nash. “Keep doing what you are doing. It makes a difference.”



MaxYield Seed to Present 2014 IMCA SportMod Nationals at Britt

SeedsLogoMaxYieldOfficials with the Hancock County Speedway announced today that MaxYield Seed has signed on as title sponsor of the annual IMCA SportMod Nationals held at the Britt, IA track. The event will be presented by Croplan, DeKalb/Asgrow and Latham Hi-Tech Seeds.

“We are pleased to have the support of MaxYield Seed and their partners in supporting the SportMod Nationals. This event has a rich history, and we are pleased to have their support in making it a big event in 2014,” track promoter Joe Ringsdorf said.

The event in 2014 will pay $2500 to win with $4000 possible if the winner is a past winner of the event, has raced in Britt at least three times prior, and is a 2014 race winner. Second place is worth $1500, third $1200, fourth $1000 and fifth place pays $700. The driver finishing tenth earns $300.

Ringsdorf said the main event will be 30 laps in length with a 10 minute pit stop at halfway. The race will start 24 cars plus 4 sponsor provisional.

The 2014 edition of the IMCA SportMod Nationals will take place Thursday, June 26th.

Past winners include Tim Donlinger – 2007, Nate Chodur – 2008, 2010, 2013, Adam Ackerman – 2009, Doug Smith – 2011, and Matt Lettow in 2012.

The 2009 event featured an event-high car count of 89 cars for the then $2000-to-win event.

More information about the Hancock County Speedway and MaxYield Seed can be found at www.hcspeedway.com and www.MaxYieldSeed.com.


MaxYield Cooperative Announces $1000 Agriculture Scholarships

MaxYield Cooperative announced today details of their scholarship program for area college students and graduating high school seniors. MaxYield will once again offer up to five $1000 scholarships to students who are in pursuit of a degree in agriculture.

“The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage area youth to pursue and prepare for careers in agriculture. This program is designed to provide financial assistance for students pursuing higher education in the field of agriculture,” stated Chad Meyer, Client Relations Director for MaxYield.

Applications are available at area high schools, local community colleges, and any MaxYield Cooperative location. As a part of the application process, students must submit an essay entitled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Meyer continued, “Often, MaxYield is the largest employer in many of our communities. We feel we have an obligation to provide opportunities for our children to return to our local communities. This is one avenue by which we can support that goal.”

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2014.

MaxYield Cooperative serves nearly 2000 members in 18 communities, with about 150 employees. For additional information on the MaxYield scholarship program, contact any MaxYield location.

 Scholarship applications are also available online at www.MaxYieldCooperative.com/scholarships.


BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE: Emmetsburg High School Students Win National Honors

National History Day Emmetsburg MaxYield

Tegan Olson, left and Josie Wickman.

When Sue Strube challenged her U.S. history students at Emmetsburg High School to participate in the National History Day competition, they didn’t just complete the assignment. They created remarkable projects that reflected this year’s theme of “Turning Points in History” and earned top honors at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

“All students—regardless of their ability—can be highly successful and learn a lot through this project,” said Strube, who has taught at Emmetsburg High School for 23 years. “Some of our greatest success stories have come from kids who aren’t necessarily the top students in their class, but they are passionate about their topics and really put their heart into their research and presentations.”

The hook is to find topics that interest students, said Strube, who offered a number of suggestions to the juniors in her U.S. history class last fall. For Tegan Olson, 17, the 1965-66 Texas Western Miners men’s basketball team provided a powerful lesson in desegregation.

“We learned how segregated the South was in those days,” said Olson, whose group created the display board “Changing the Face of Collegiate Athletics: More Than Black and White.” “Back then, many black athletes didn’t get to start or even play on teams.”

It took the courage and conviction of Texas Western Coach Don Haskins to help break the color barrier. He had inherited an integrated team and often started four to five black players in games. This stood in sharp contrast to teams like the University of Kentucky, a basketball powerhouse that didn’t recruit or play black athletes.

When the Miners (now the University of Texas at El Paso [UTEP]) defeated Kentucky in the 1966 NCAA national championship, they secured not only a trophy but a place in American history. The team’s powerful story was retold in the 2006 film Glory Road. “I thought it was really cool how one game could change the world,” said Olson, who is a student athlete.

To learn more about the Texas Western Miners and desegregation, Olson and her teammates, Hadley Egland, Erik Drost, Landon Shiek, and Shay Mortenson, broke the project into three sections: segregation and struggle, more than black and white (focusing on Coach Haskins), and a lasting legacy. They wrote to Haskins’ widow, Mary, who still lives in Texas and was pleased to help the students.

“Mary said the reason she felt Don was colorblind was because he had a black friend he played basketball with when he was a kid,” said Olson, who noted that Haskins started four black players one time when the Miners played Iowa.

The students also contacted Louis Baudoin, a white athlete who played on the Miners’ 1965-66 championship team. “He sent us his jersey and newspaper articles from that time,” said Olson, whose team worked on their project for six months before competing—and winning—at the district, state, and national levels.

The legacy of the Miners lives on, Olson added. “Coach Haskins did what he believed was right. After the Miners won the championship, other teams started recruiting black athletes. Now, more than 70% of male college athletes in America are black.”

You’ve come a long way, baby

The 1960s and 1970s marked a time of dramatic cultural change, not only with desegregation but with women’s rights. Josie Wickman, 17, and her classmates focused on the second-wave feminist movement for their National History Day project.

“One of our big topics was Title IX, which banned gender discrimination in athletics and academics,” said Wickman, whose mother, Lori, works in the office at MaxYield Cooperative’s Mallard location. “We also talked about what problems led to the women’s rights movement, what women like Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan did to change things, and what happened after that.”

Through extensive research at the library and online, Wickman and her teammates, Hannah Bird, Austin Krause, Queen Mukami, and Brian James, compiled “The Personal Is Political,” which they presented in a website and picture slideshow. “In those days, women were expected to be housewives and didn’t have as many opportunities,” Wickman said. “In some ways, a lot of women’s rights issues are still unresolved.”

Learning and winning

Both Olson’s team and Wickman’s team qualified for the state competition after earning top honors at the district National History Day competition in Okoboji in March. In April, the students competed in Des Moines, where they were surprised to qualify for the national competition in early June.

“We really weren’t expecting to go on to nationals,” Wickman said. “I’m glad we had the opportunity, though. It was fun, and the best part was meeting other kids.”

Both of Emmetsburg’s winning teams were personally vested in their topics and were willing to edit their information and presentation style to create a better product, Strube said. “That’s the key—being willing to do the work in the first place, revise and edit as necessary, and work together to get the job done,” added Strube, who began incorporating National History Day into her classes in 1996 and reintroduced the program in the past couple years. “These skills are all necessary in the real world and will benefit the students long after they graduate from high school.”

Did You Know:

• Since 1996, Emmetsburg has sent more than 33 projects on to the state competition. More than 10 projects have qualified for the National History Day Competition in Washington, D.C.

• Emmetsburg High School has been named Outstanding School in Iowa for State History Day several times.

• Sue Strube was named Outstanding History Day Teacher in Iowa in 1999.

• Much of the success of the History Day program involves extensive research, personal interviews, and primary source materials. Some students have traveled to South Dakota to research the Pony Express and Iowa City to interview Carrie Chapman Catt’s nephew.

• A number of Emmetsburg High School National History Day projects have been used in other venues. An exhibit on the dredging of Five Island Lake won an award from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and was displayed at the local Chamber of Commerce office. A documentary on the demise of Arnolds Park received the Best of Iowa award at State History Day and has been featured in the Okoboji Historical Museum.

Eric Marchand – Seeks Reelection to MaxYield Board

20110321_maxyield_079 crop cmopMaxYield’s Annual Meeting is slated for December 3, 2013 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Algona, IA. Information will soon be in the mail for our members, including the ballot for the election. Eric Marchand is seeking reelection to the MaxYield board. Learn more about him and why he is seeking reelection, below.

Eric and his wife Christy live and farm southeast of Britt, with their four children. Eric is a graduate of West Hancock High School in Britt and obtained his Ag Management and Ag Business degrees from North Iowa Area Community College. He has farmed row crop corn and soybeans for about 15 years.

Eric is seeking reelection to the MaxYield Cooperative board of directors because he wants to see the cooperative take advantage of opportunities as they arise. He wants to help MaxYield Cooperative in becoming more efficient, stay competitive in grain and agronomy markets as well as furthering his knowledge of the ag industry and providing direction towards future cooperative successes.

One of his goals, if he is reelected to the board, is to help the organization stay cooperative minded and to continue to treat its patrons as partners, not just as customers. Eric also identifies the importance of serving the membership with diverse products and services that add value to their operations while maintaining the financial strength of MaxYield. He emphasizes that he is available to listen to member concerns and questions.

Eric believes that MaxYield must continue to balance profitability and the strength of the cooperative with a strong client and community focus. He also feels that the company should continue to upgrade facilities and rolling stock sensibly and feasibly. If reelected, Eric looks forward to balancing the needs of the entire company and maintaining a desirable employment atmosphere for its employees.

He enjoys serving on the board and learning from his fellow MaxYield directors. Eric also looks forward to the process evaluating projects and company vision and then working on solutions to accomplish those goals.

Eric is also the Secretary of the Britt Fire Department and Treasurer of the Hancock County Ag Museum.

Eric enjoys hunting, target shooting, collecting farm toys and spending time with his family.

Eric Marchand is a MaxYield Board of Director Candidate for the East Area (east of Hwy 17) and is running unopposed.

Jim Wirtz – Seeks Reelection to MaxYield Board

Jim Wirtz 1MaxYield’s Annual Meeting is slated for December 3, 2013 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Algona, IA. Information will soon be in the mail for our members, including the ballot for the election. Jim Wirtz is seeking reelection to the MaxYield board. Learn more about him and why he is seeking reelection, below.

Jim Wirtz and his wife Joan live and farm in the West Bend area. They have four children and three grandchildren. Jim is a graduate of West Bend High School. He earned his AA degree at Iowa Lakes Community College and received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Briar Cliff University.

He started farming in 1976 and today farms in partnership with his two brothers in row crop corn and soybeans and a livestock operation. Jim is also a partner with his brothers in a local livestock feed mill, Whittemore Feeders Supply and is a loan officer at West Iowa Bank in West Bend.

As a member of the community and as loan officer, Jim interacts with many farmers and understands the challenges and concerns they have regarding the future of agriculture and local cooperatives. He feels it is his duty to the community and to the cooperative to provide input to help MaxYield continue to be successful in the future.

Jim feels he can leverage his experience as loan officer and his accounting background to help the cooperative make financially sound decisions that benefit both MaxYield and its members. He sees MaxYield utilizing its size and scope to compete as a supplier of goods and services as one of its challenges moving forward. Jim also feels that MaxYield should convey to its clients and members the value of its services and knowledge in order to be competitive in the marketplace.

Jim understands that MaxYield is farmer owned and must stay responsive to clients while operated as a business. He enjoys serving as a director, and looks forward to serving again if reelected.

Jim is a member of the Apostolic Christian church in West Bend. He is also a member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and his grandchildren.

Jim Wirtz is a MaxYield Board of Director Candidate for the Central Area (between Hwy 17 and Hwy 4) and is running unopposed.


Todd Meyer – Seeks Reelection to MaxYield Board


MaxYield’s Annual Meeting is slated for December 3, 2013 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Algona, IA. Information will soon be in the mail for our members, including the ballot for the election. Todd Meyer is seeking reelection to the MaxYield board. Learn more about him and why he is seeking reelection, below.

Todd and his wife Teresa live and farm near the Everly area. The family has three children. Their oldest daughter Iesha is married and lives in Royal, and their youngest daughter Kinsey is a senior at Iowa State University.

Their farming operation consists of growing corn and soybeans plus a swine operation. Todd has farmed for 33 years and their son Colton recently returned to the farm to join the operation.

He has served MaxYield Cooperative as a director and as an associate director for a total of 10 ½ years. Todd served on the Fostoria Cooperative Elevator board and was appointed to the MaxYield Board after the unification of the two companies. He is a past trustee of the Hope Lutheran Church in Everly and a past chairman of the local Ducks Unlimited group.

Todd says he enjoys serving on the MaxYield board and that the experience has helped him grow personally. He says that he is fortunate to serve with a very knowledgeable board of directors.

As a client and as a director, Todd says that MaxYield has good vision and is better prepared for changes in agriculture than most of the cooperatives in the area.

If reelected to the Board of Directors, Todd would like to see the leadership of the cooperative continue to focus on improving profitability. He feels that investments in technology, namely SciMax Solutions and in physical assets have been positive. Todd also thinks that MaxYield has a great team in place that provides professional service.

He chose to seek reelection because he feels that agriculture may change faster in the next three years than the last 10 and he wants to be involved with leading the cooperative through that time.

Todd says that MaxYield is better positioned financially and as a company today than 10 years ago and he wants to help lead MaxYield to further success. He feels that MaxYield is and must continue to be positioned to survive and flourish.

He enjoys spending time with his family, including his three grandchildren plus hunting, fishing, and sports.

Todd Meyer is a MaxYield Board of Director Candidate for the West Area (West of Hwy 4) and is running unopposed.