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20150114_maxyield_008 (681x1024)Tracy Enderson Helps Clients Maximize Their Marketing

Some things just go together, like macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter and jelly. What about grain marketing and peace of mind? It’s not only possible, but likely when you work with Tracy Enderson.

“I want to create a comfort level,” said Enderson, MaxYield’s West Area accounting leader and grain solutions specialist at Dickens. “The farmers I serve are not just clients, but my friends and neighbors, and I enjoy helping them with grain marketing.”

Enderson knew she had a big role to fill after long- time team member Nancy Glackin retired from MaxYield. “I had to prove myself,” said Enderson, who has worked at the co-op for 21 years. “Once you’ve got the clients’ trust, though, you’ve got it for life.”

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Serving farmers is a big switch for someone who grew up in town and planned to be a junior high math teacher. “I didn’t know much about farming until I married my husband, Bruce, in 1987,” said Enderson, a Terril native who is proud of her family’s fourth- generation farm east of Dickens. “I discovered that I love agriculture. No two days are alike, and there’s always something new.”
Enderson expanded her ag knowledge when she started working part-time in 1994 at the Dickens co-op location. “I ran the scale, and things grew from there,” said Enderson, who later worked at the Ayrshire co-op location.

Enderson moved to the Dickens location after Nancy Glackin retired. Today, Enderson handles a variety of duties, such as invoicing all work orders for dry fertilizer and spraying for MaxYield’s Fostoria, Dickens, Emmetsburg and Mallard locations. She also helps clients market their grain and keeps them up to date on grain marketing contracts.

“I never try to push,” Enderson said. “I just keep reminding them of opportunities and encourage them to commit a few bushels.”

Many growers in the Dickens area check in at the co-op to see what the markets are doing. They also enjoy stopping by for coffee each morning. “Doing business at the coffee table is a no-no, but the farmers’ ears perk up when I tell them they need to stop by and visit with me before they leave,” Enderson said.

She loves it when there’s a big market rally and clients capture these opportunities. “I always get asked what the markets are going to do, or what the next USDA report is going to say,” Enderson said. “I’ve never had a crystal ball that works, and I don’t think they make one.”

That’s why she encourages clients to use MaxYield’s firm offers. “It’s grain marketing simplified,” said Enderson, who noted that most of her family’s grain is sold with firm offers. “You can benefit from market rallies without having to watch the markets.”

Enderson also focuses on grain origination and growing MaxYield’s business. Along with grain marketing solutions, she promotes the convenient, on-farm grain pickup service that helps save time. “MaxYield has so much to offer,” said Enderson, who called on prospective clients in the Terril area last fall. “I ask people to give us an opportunity.”

Enderson appreciates the opportunity to serve farmers and build lifelong friendships in the process. “MaxYield grain is who I am. I’m also a mom, a grandmother and a part of the local community, so it’s nice that all these sectors of my life intertwine.”

Editor’s Note: Enderson and her husband, Bruce, have three children, including Tyler, 26, who works for Reynolds Construction of Ruthven; Trevin, 23, who farms with the Endersons, and Taylor, 17, who has been accepted at South Dakota State University and is interested in agronomy. The Endersons have also been blessed with three grandchildren. In her free time, Enderson serves on the Ruthven- Ayrshire school board and is treasurer of the Booster Club. She enjoys attending G-T/T-A Titans basketball and baseball games so she can cheer on her son, Tayler. She’s also a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Kansas City Royals.

GHV FFA Greenhouse Project Receives Contribution from MaxYield

(Left to Right): Grady Umbarger, Sentinel; Conner Shaw, Historian; Andrew Baumgard, Treasurer: Kody Trampel, MaxYield; Josh Chizek, President; Tucker Datema, Vice President; Ana Nannenga, Secretary; Haley Suby, Reporter

(Left to Right): Grady Umbarger, Sentinel; Conner Shaw, Historian; Andrew Baumgard, Treasurer: Kody Trampel, MaxYield; Josh Chizek, President; Tucker Datema, Vice President; Ana Nannenga, Secretary; Haley Suby, Reporter

WEST BEND, IA, May 23, 2016 – MaxYield Cooperative recently contributed $2500 to Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School’s FFA greenhouse project. The check presentation took place on May 20th.

“We have a great group of FFA members that are leading this fundraising campaign,” said Bob Baumgard, GHV FFA adviser. “This project is important to the future of our FFA chapter. The project will use the latest greenhouse technology and will help enhance student learning in agronomy.”

The new greenhouse will provide students with additional FFA SAE projects and plans to incorporate fresh and student grown produce into the school lunch program Baumgard said.

In addition to MaxYield’s $2500 contribution, the project will receive $2500 in matching funds from Land O’Lakes Foundation.

About MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative is a member-owned, diversified agricultural cooperative founded in 1915 and is headquartered in West Bend, IA. The cooperative has 24 locations and three Cenex convenience stores in Iowa. MaxYield also provides grain origination and accounting services for two Iowa feed mills. For more information, visit MaxYield online at www.MaxYieldCoop.com.

About Land O’Lakes Foundation

The Land O’Lakes Foundation Member Co-op Match program matches dollar-for-dollar the cash donation of member cooperatives, doubling the funds available for hometown projects. By matching funds for projects selected and funded by member cooperatives, Land O’Lakes Foundation leverages local funding efforts and ensures community support for programs. More information can be found at www.landolakesinc.com.

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Laura Klaes: Communications/Client Relations Intern

20160613_maxyield_114Time is moving quickly at MaxYield Cooperative; I have already been here for more than a week! I am the Communications and Client Relations Intern and I am looking forward to the time ahead.

My first day kicked off by meeting other team members and learning about their roles in the cooperative. Everyone was very welcoming and thrilled to have new interns at MaxYield for the summer. The office at MaxYield is a great environment and I am excited to be a part of it.

The interns and I spent one of our first mornings at MaxYield with Tom Winkel, Safety Director at MaxYield. He told us all about what safety clothing to wear, what the protocol was around machinery and many other tips on how to stay safe on the job. Tom made safety training fun and I enjoyed listening to stories about his personal experiences, as well as his advice for us.

A few days later we started the trek out to almost all 24 of MaxYield’s locations. My mentor, Chad Meyer, took Celeste Swanson (the corporate grain accounting intern) and I to tour locations and get the lay of the land. We spent Friday touring the east locations and we were excited about the opportunity to see the inside of the massive Belmond fertilizer facility. On Monday we headed west and got a chance to tour all the recently acquired locations.

It is exciting to be at MaxYield this summer and have the opportunity to witness the growth that is occurring. Celeste and I loved traveling to parts of Iowa we hadn’t been to before, seeing all the facilities and we especially enjoyed meeting more MaxYield team members.

At the start of our second week at MaxYield, all the interns had the opportunity to attend the Kossuth and Palo Alto Economic Development Corporation’s Intern Breakfast. I was eager to hear Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, give the keynote address at this event. He gave a great speech, encouraging the interns and mentors to be excited about the future of agriculture.

Now that I am getting started on my projects, I am increasingly enthusiastic. I will be working on some graphic design projects, working with a team on the MY Solutions Magazine and developing MaxYield’s 2017 Limited Edition Tractor Calendar. I am looking forward to the learning and networking opportunities that come along with these projects.

New VFD requirement effects all livestock producers

Veterinary Feed Directive will impact whole livestock industry, however many producers aren’t aware of the regulation. Details here: http://bit.ly/1VUxHBT.

 

 

 

MaxYield Cooperative Completes Purchase of The Andersons, Inc. Northwest Iowa Assets

Contact: Chad Meyer
Client Relations/Communications
Office Phone: 515-887-7211
Email: cmeyer@maxyieldcoop.com
West Bend, IA, May 1, 2016 – MaxYield Cooperative announced today it has completed the purchase of The Andersons, Inc. northwest Iowa assets. The cooperative’s purchase of the Everly, Greenville, Gruver, Langdon, Milford, Spencer, and Superior locations was finalized May 1st.

MaxYield CEO Keith Heim stated that, “The due diligence process has been completed and we are excited for what this opportunity holds for MaxYield’s members and to our clients in that area. We have been working hard on integrating team members and implementing the transition process. We hope to provide as seamless a transition as possible for both the team and our clients.”

Heim went on to say that letters were recently mailed to all clients of the affected facilities. “The letters contained information about the transaction that our clients needed to know right away, including how contracts, client statements, payments and membership will be handled. As time goes on, we’ll continue to provide information about the transition to clients,” he said.

Heim emphasized that clients and members that have questions regarding the transition can contact any MaxYield location, including those recently acquired.

“MaxYield is grateful for the hard work and efforts of our team members during this transition. We also appreciate the support from clients in that area. We are excited to get started and to forge long-term relationships in northwest Iowa,” stated Heim.

The Andersons acquired the seven grain and agronomy locations as a part of its 2012 acquisition from Green Plains Grain Company. The Tennessee assets acquired during that same transaction will remain a part of The Andersons. This transaction does not divest or otherwise involve The Andersons’ ethanol facility or recently-acquired Nutra-Flo facilities in Iowa.

About MaxYield Cooperative
MaxYield Cooperative is a member-owned, diversified agricultural cooperative founded in 1915 and is headquartered in West Bend, IA. The cooperative has 24 locations and three Cenex convenience stores in Iowa. MaxYield also provides grain origination and accounting services for two Iowa feed mills. For more information, visit MaxYield online at www.MaxYieldCoop.com or www.FromtheField.com.

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