December 11, 2019

Archives for June 2019

Logue finds answers, $2,500 feature win at MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals

Johnathon Logue won the IMCA MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals for a second time on June 25, earning $2,500 for the main event victory. Pictured with Logue is Matt Keel, MaxYield Seed’s Solutions Specialist in the East Region.

By Bill Martin, IMCA

BRITT, Iowa (June 25) – One win in his first 19 starts of the season had Johnathon Logue looking for answers.

He found them Tuesday night at Hancock County Speedway’s MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals.

Logue won his heat, the dash and the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event, earning $2,700 in all for his efforts.

“My car was very, very good,” said Logue, whose one previous victory this year had also been at Britt, on June 7. “It seems like we’ve been on the trouble bus with it all season. To be able to run as well as we did made it a fun night.”

Brayton Carter, Jared Boumeester, Jake McBirnie and Jim Chisholm completed the top five across the stripe in the $2,500 to win feature. Forty-seven drivers from five states were entered.

“So many good drivers come to this event every year. I’ve always loved coming up here,” said Logue, also the SportMod Nationals winner in 2016. “The amount of talent in this division is unbelievable.”

Logue pocketed $200 for winning the DeKalb Asgrow dash, earning the pole start in the main event as well.

After cautions on laps two and four, the rest of the 30-lap feature ran green.

“Jared (Boumeester) challenged on lap 10 and that told me I’d better step up my game,” Logue said. “I wasn’t sure who was moving through the field but the laps really clicked off. It felt like we got to halfway, then I was taking the white flag.”

“I thought ‘Holy cow, we’re going to win this thing.’ I just made sure I hit my marks on the last lap.”

Logue’s lead was scored at two seconds with five laps left and at just more than a second and a half at the finish.

Jamie Anderson started last in the field of 24, finished 12th and earned the $100 LG Seeds hard charger award,

Austin Wolf was the IMCA Modified winner. Kelly Shryock paced the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Drew Barglof won the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main.

The MaxYield Seed SportMod Nationals had been postponed a week because of inclement weather.

Feature results – 1. Johnathon Logue; 2. Brayton Carter; 3. Jared Boumeester; 4. Jake McBirnie; 5. Jim Chisholm; 6. Doug Smith; 7. Colby Fett; 8. Cody Thompson; 9. Nate Whitehurst; 10. George Nordman; 11. Doug Cook; 12. Jamie Anderson; 13. Josh Appel; 14. Dallas Nutt; 15. Jake Sachau; 16. Cam Reimers; 17. Alec Fett; 18. Carter VanDenBerg; 19. Matt Looft; 20. Jeff Carter; 21. Mathew Hanson; 22. Ronald Hults; 23. Carter Shumski; 24. Dakota Sproul.

Statement Regarding Fatality at Belmond Facility

Contact:               Chad Meyer                                                                       Date: June 25, 2019
Client Relations/Communications
Office: 515-200-5115
Cell: 515-320-2593
Email: cmeyer@maxyieldcoop.com

WEST BEND, IOWA, June 25, 2019 – At approximately 4:20 p.m. Monday, June 24, grain was being removed from a steel bin located at the Belmond location of MaxYield Cooperative. During the grain removal process, MaxYield seasonal contract worker Victor Diaz was involved in an incident that took Victor’s life.

MaxYield takes the safety of our team members and contract workers very seriously and we have in place comprehensive and extensive training programs and safety protocol. MaxYield continues to cooperate fully with all of the appropriate authorities. A full OSHA investigation is underway and an autopsy will be performed, as there appeared to be no immediate hazard in the space that Victor was working in at the time of the incident.

MaxYield Cooperative and I are deeply saddened by this tragic incident and we extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to Victor’s family.

We thank all the team members and our outstanding local emergency response personnel and law enforcement for their quick response yesterday. We are grateful to each of you for your assistance, professionalism and support.

MaxYield understands that this is a very difficult time for Victor’s family, friends and our team members. We are grateful for everyone that has offered support and we will continue to offer resources and support for any team member that needs or requests it. We will make our way through the healing process with the strength and resilience of each other.

We offer our prayers, condolences and deepest sympathy to Victor’s family and friends.

Keith Heim, CEO
MaxYield Cooperative

 

Finding Opportunity in Her Own Backyard: Megan Brown’s MaxYield Experience

Even though Megan Brown, a 2017 Bishop-Garrigan graduate and current student at South Dakota State University, grew up with MaxYield Cooperative in her backyard, she never planned on interning at the co-op. But when the current Jackrabbit saw the MaxYield booth at SDSU’s career fair, she decided to learn a little more about what the company offered. “I knew growing up [near West Bend] that [MaxYield] had interns, but I didn’t really look into it until I saw Chad [Meyer, Client Relations and Communications Director,] at the job fair.”

As a student majoring in agricultural business and minoring in accounting and agricultural marketing, with experience on SDSU’s National Agri-Marketing Association’s (NAMA) competition team, Megan knew the Corporate Grain Accounting internship was just the fit for her. “I decided to intern with MaxYield because it was close to home, but I also have a lot of opportunities to learn about future careers and how my major fits into the cooperative world.”

Getting to experience her position both in the corporate office and out at cooperative locations has been a favorite part of Megan’s experience. “One of my favorite parts [of the internship] is definitely going out to see locations- I get to see how what I’m doing in the office with contracts and settlements starts, not just the paperwork side. But, I also really enjoy doing the contacts and settlements and all the paperwork that comes with it!”

Megan has a large group of mentors, including Rick Abrahamson & Kayla Meyer (Corporate Grain Accounting), Cory Thilges (Controller), and Susan Post (CFO). She has gained a great deal of knowledge through her mentors, who make an extra effort to make sure she understands the work she is doing. “They always sit down and explain what I’m doing before I start. My mentors are friendly and are genuinely curious about my life. They want to get to know me as a person- I’m not just ‘some employee they have to work with’.”

This friendliness, which Megan has found throughout the entire cooperative, has come as a pleasant surprise. “I didn’t expect them to be mean or anything, but everyone is friendly. People just come up to me and ask ‘Oh hey, Megan, how’s your day going?’ Everyone is really here to be your friend.”

To Megan, the best way to describe this summer has been ‘Eye-Opening.’ “Growing up [on a farm,] I experienced the farmer-side of working with a co-op. Now I’ve been able to see when my dad brings in grain, what happens with that grain in the elevator and everything that has to do with farming from the cooperative’s perspective.”

Megan isn’t quite sure what the road after college graduation will look like. She does know, however, that her summer at MaxYield is giving her a taste of the life she may want after she walks across the stage. “I want to be in a smaller town where I can see that the work I’m doing matters… and be able to work in the ag industry, whether that’s working at a bank in lending or working at a cooperative.”

All in all, Megan is grateful for the experiences she’s gained this summer and is excited to see how her time at MaxYield propels her into her next adventure. “If you have the opportunity and the interest in being an intern at MaxYield, definitely take it. You learn a lot and you also get to experience the company culture as a whole. Their brand is something MaxYield really prides themselves in and you can see that from just being in the office or out in the field with the team. They are really passionate about everything they’re doing and they inspire you to want to be a part of that.”

For more information on MaxYield’s internship program, including communications, grain accounting/finance, soil sampling/crop scouting, and agronomy sales, check out www.maxyieldcooperative.com/internships. Applications for 2020 internship positions will be posted later this summer!

Going Out With a Bang: How Emily Campbell is making the most of her last internship

maxyield ag communications internIt might surprise you that an Agricultural (Ag) Studies major from Iowa State University is this year’s Client Relations and Communications intern at MaxYield Cooperative. But Emily Campbell, an ISU junior from Hamlin, Iowa, has used the wide variety of subjects covered in her course of study to her advantage. From agronomy to animal science and communications to economics, the classes and the people of the ag studies major just felt like home to Emily. “I chose [ag studies] because of the diverse, well-rounded educational experience it offered. I also loved the family feel of the Agricultural Education and Studies (AgEdS) Department. It was just the right fit for me and my goals.”

Although she initially planned to be a field sales agronomist, Emily found after her first agronomy class that it was not the path for her. Instead, she found she had a love for communicating and opted to add a public relations minor to her degree. Her love for writing, speaking, and messaging directly translates to the clubs she has been involved in at ISU, including Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, CALS Connections student publication, and the National Agri-Marketing Association club and competition team. She also enjoys helping with AgEdS department transfer orientation events, sharing her passion and knowledge about ISU with newly admitted transfer students.

Arriving at a MaxYield Cooperative internship is actually a journey that started on the third day of Emily’s freshman year. “I first heard about this internship while attending the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Freshman and Transfer BBQ during my first week of my freshman year. Although I enjoyed my visit at MaxYield’s booth, I ended up pursuing a different opportunity for 2018. Then, my good friend Katie Decker had [the Client Relations and Communications] internship last summer. When she returned to ISU in the fall and spoke highly of her experiences at MaxYield Cooperative, I decided to give it a chance.”

It wasn’t her friend’s praise that made MaxYield Emily’s frontrunner internship in the fall, however. Strangely enough, it was actually the interview process that made her realize that MaxYield was the place she wanted to be. “[In the interview,] I wasn’t being asked generic, ‘tell me about a time when’ questions. Instead Chad Meyer, who I interviewed with, really focused on getting to know me and what my interests were to see if the internship was a good fit for me. This showed me everyone at MaxYield really cared about me and my goals before I was even offered the position.”

On any given day, a combination of writing, social media, videography, photography, and recruiting projects are a part of Emily’s agenda, but her favorite part of the job is actually pretty simple. “I love getting to represent MaxYield Cooperative with clients and at a variety of community events. One of the things I do is travel around the trade territory, and sometimes even beyond, to listen to the stories of clients and people who have been positively impacted by MaxYield Cooperative. One week I traveled to local fire departments to present donations from MaxYield for impactful projects, heard from a former MaxYield intern about the tractor he has proudly restored to prepare for the annual tractor calendar, and chatted with our team leaders to learn about how they are marketing their departments both internally and externally. That’s what’s cool about this internship- you’re really focused on learning the story of MaxYield and then retelling it to others in a variety of mediums.”

Emily credits much of her positive intern experience to her mentor, Chad Meyer, the Client Relations and Communications Director at MaxYield. Even in the first few weeks of her internship, Chad was making opportunities available to Emily to explore her interests, try new things, and network. “Chad has positively impacted my intern experience in a number of ways. He has worked for MaxYield for a large part of his career, so he understands how to communicate to cooperative stakeholders and I’ve learned a lot from his expertise. He’s very skilled at handling internal and external matters delicately, assertively, and tactfully all at the same time, so I’ve taken away quite a bit from a public relations aspect, as well. I think the most important, though, is probably the fact that my goals are put ahead of almost everything else. Chad has allowed me to tailor my schedule and intern projects to meet my needs. He has also encouraged me to share my thoughts and ideas, which has made me feel like I’m part of the team at MaxYield.”

Chad has not been the only team member who has made Emily’s MaxYield experience positive. “The most surprising thing about interning at MaxYield Cooperative has definitely been how friendly everyone is. I don’t know too many places where on the second day you can have lunch in the break room next to the CEO and have a conversation about using plastic grocery sacks as lunch bags- which actually happened. The team at MaxYield has made an effort in making sure we all feel like we fit in, and that has made a huge difference in my experience as an intern here.”

“Fulfilling” is the one word Emily feels encompasses her intern experience, and rightfully so. “Everyone wants to do something that matters. At MaxYield I’m not just fetching coffee and opening mail. Here, the work you do matters. Every project, every meeting, and every person makes a difference.”

After she graduates from Iowa State in May 2020, Emily hopes to find a job in public relations and communications at a cooperative, agricultural non-profit/commodity organization, or privately-held seed company in Iowa. She would also like to stay somewhat involved in her family’s 5th generation row crop operation in rural Audubon County. Wherever she goes, she knows her intern experience this summer will help her reach her full potential. “Everything you do at MaxYield impacts someone, including yourself. The growth you experience in the internship program is phenomenal, as are the people you meet. If you intern at MaxYield Cooperative you will not regret your experience!”

 

For more information on MaxYield’s internship program, including communications, grain accounting/finance, soil sampling/crop scouting, and agronomy sales, check out www.maxyieldcooperative.com/internships. Applications for 2020 internship positions will be posted later this summer!

MaxYield Contributes Funds towards Wright County 4-H Membership Dues

Jessica Norman (far left) with Wright County 4-H members at the check presentation.

CLARION, IOWA, June 3- MaxYield Cooperative made a contribution of $1410 towards the membership dues for all Wright County 4-H members. The check, presented to Jessica Norman, Wright County Youth Coordinator, and members of the 4-H program on June 3rd, will pay $10 of the $35 state dues for all 4-H members in the county. This membership not only allows students to showcase and compete with their projects at the Wright County Fair and Iowa State Fair, but it also provides them with opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, and community service.

“MaxYield Cooperative recognizes the value that 4-H brings, not only to the youth that participate but also to our communities,” explained Emily Campbell, Client Relations and Communications Intern. “Being a 4-H alumna myself, I know that the members of Wright County 4-H will be the next generation of leaders that impacts the world. MaxYield is proud to assist the next generation of leaders in growing as 4-Hers by easing the financial obligation of the families of Wright County’s 140-plus members.”