February 25, 2020

Archives for January 2020

MaxYield Cooperative Contributes Funds towards Kossuth County 4-H Membership Dues

Chyan Koppen, county youth coordinator, recently accepted a contribution from MaxYield Cooperative that will decrease the cost of 4-H for members in the county.

MaxYield Cooperative recently contributed $2360 towards the membership dues for Kossuth County 4-H members. The check was presented to Chyan Koppen, county youth coordinator, on January 13. The funds will pay $10 of the $35 state dues for 4-H members in the county. This membership not only allows students to showcase and compete with their projects at the Kossuth County Fair and Iowa State Fair, it also provides them with opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, and community service.

“We are thrilled to continue our support of local 4-H,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield client relations/communications leader. “We want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families, especially families that have multiple children enrolled. Also, by paying a portion of each 4-H member’s enrollment fee, we are able to continue our mission of supporting 4-H so that each member benefits.”

The cooperative contributes nearly $13,000 to 4-H in seven Iowa counties annually.

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

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 25 locations and three Cenex convenience stores in Iowa. MaxYield also provides grain origination and accounting services for three Iowa feed mills. For more information, visit MaxYield online at www.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.FromTheField.com.

BARK IN THE PARK: MaxYield Donates Land for Belmond Dog Park

MaxYield’s Chad Meyer presents Connie Mattison with the MaxYield land donation deed.

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole,” wrote photographer and writer Roger Caras. Connie Mattison knows it’s true, even though she herself doesn’t have a dog. That’s why she’s part of a committee leading the effort to build a dog park in Belmond—a goal she says wouldn’t be possible without MaxYield Cooperative.

“While Belmond has the Franklin Grove Heritage Trail where you can bike, jog or walk, you can’t let your dog run, since the city has a leash law,” Mattison said. “I saw how people were going out of town to take their dogs to the nearest dog parks in Clear Lake and Waverly.”

Why couldn’t Belmond build its own dog park? Mattison and other community boosters began exploring the idea in the summer of 2018 and proposed the idea to the Belmond City Council, who gave them permission to proceed.

That was the easy part, however. Building a dog park can cost thousands of dollars and requires one key component—land. “We were willing to work hard, volunteer our time, write grants and do whatever it took, since we knew a dog park can be a big asset to Belmond,” said Mattison, who serves on a six-person committee spearheading the project. “Finding land was a big hurdle, though.”

A possible solution was right down the road at MaxYield, which owned 1.5 acres south of Main Street on 5th Street SE, across from the water tower near the Franklin Grove Heritage Trail. Mattison wondered—could this small alfalfa field become Belmond’s dog park? She started making some calls and got connected with the right MaxYield team members.

“We took the idea to the MaxYield board,” said Jeff Marsh, operations team leader at MaxYield Cooperative. “They thought it was a great idea and were more than willing to donate the property for a worthwhile community project like this.”

MaxYield team members also removed some old railroad ties that had been piled on the property, Mattison said. “I had no idea MaxYield was so philanthropic. Our committee is so thankful for the co-op’s generosity. It’s like this project was meant to be.”

Designed for dogs, pleasing people
National surveys show that dog parks are among the most popular amenities a community can offer today. Dog parks give dogs a safe space to exercise and roam freely, plus they give people a chance to get outdoors and exercise with their pet.

According to a 2018 poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), 91 percent of Americans believe dog parks provide benefits to the communities they serve. The availability of dog parks is especially popular among Millennials (94 percent) and Gen Xers (92 percent), followed by Baby Boomers (89 percent), who agree dog parks benefit local communities, according to NRPA.

Belmond’s dog park will be divided into one section for large dogs and another section for small dogs. Project leaders continue to raise money through fundraising efforts, grants and donations to install a 6-foot-tall, galvanized chain-link fence around the dog park. Plans are also underway to add a limestone parking lot, a walkway from the trail to the park, water fountains for people and dogs, garbage cans, waste bag dispensers, grass seed, fertilizer and signage listing the sponsors who made the project possible. “MaxYield will be listed first,” Mattison said.

Community support is essential to make the dog park a reality. The chain-link fence alone accounts for nearly $30,000 of this $50,000 project. “We are committed to the success of the dog park,” emphasized Mattison, whose fellow committee members have secured a variety of donations, including park benches from Bayer, trees from Trees Forever, shrubbery from the Iowa Green Trust and a fire hydrant from the City of Belmond.

Cash contributions have come in, as well. In July 2019, the local Fareway grocery store’s “round up” fundraiser, where shoppers could round up their bill to the next dollar, raised more than $2,000. The Sugarpie Bakery & Café in Belmond hosted a “Bark Brunch” one Sunday morning and raised $2,300 for the dog park.

Dog park supporters have also sold merchandise including t-shirts and travel mugs, along with hosting two “doggie dips,” where dog owners can donate money and let their dogs take a swim in the local pool at the end of the swim season.

The committee’s goal is to finish the dog park by late summer of 2020. When completed, the dog park will be maintained by Belmond’s city employees. The committee would eventually like to add agility toys to the dog park to make it even more fun for people’s canine companions.

None of this would be possible without MaxYield’s contribution, Mattison noted.

“They gave us the perfect piece of land in an ideal location. It’s a dream come true.”

Standard Nutrition, MaxYield Tap the Power of Partnerships

No one can whistle a symphony; it takes members of an orchestra working together to create this feat. Working in harmony with other professionals is also the key to success in agriculture today. That’s why MaxYield Cooperative has formed a joint venture with Standard Nutrition at the company’s feed mill in Waverly, Iowa.

“We’re excited that MaxYield Cooperative and Standard Nutrition have entered into this grain purchasing and risk management joint venture,” said Ben Buie, grain team leader for MaxYield Cooperative.

Since August 1, MaxYield Cooperative has been handling the grain purchasing, grain accounting and risk management at Standard Nutrition’s feed mill, the former Schneider Milling location east of Waverly. After this family-owned business sold its assets to the agronomy company Nutrien in 2018, Nutrien sold the grain and feed facilities to Standard Nutrition in January 2019.

“While Standard Nutrition is great at making feed, they wanted help with grain origination at Waverly,” Buie said. “MaxYield not only has a state grain license, but the grain origination and accounting expertise Standard Nutrition was seeking.”

Creating a win-win

Since 1995, MaxYield has provided grain procurement and risk management services to various feed mills and grain end-users in the Midwest, including Kerber Milling/Standard Nutrition in Emmetsburg and the Hawkeye Pride poultry feed mill near Corwith.

“These things aren’t get-rich-quick schemes, but they do add solid revenue to the cooperative,” said Howard Haas, chairman of the board of directors at MaxYield. “We keep looking for opportunities to help MaxYield succeed.”

Expanding MaxYield’s reach east of Interstate 35 to Waverly was natural extension for the cooperative. “Before coming to MaxYield, I spent seven years of my career over there, so I understand agriculture in that region and know some of the farmers in the area,” said Buie, who noted that pork production thrives in this part of Iowa.

Standard Nutrition’s feed mill near Waverly is a functional location that contains 2 million bushels of grain storage. The facility includes a grain dryer, which is a plus, since ethanol plants don’t take wet corn, Buie noted. Cash grain bids for the Waverly feed mill are posted at www.maxyieldgrain.com/cash-bids.

“We’re rebuilding trust and growing relationships with farmers in this area,” Buie said. “We have a lot to offer, including cash grain marketing options, firm offer programs, off-farm trucking solutions, innovative grain contracts and risk management strategies that farmers probably aren’t getting from an ethanol plant. We want to be a marketing partner that provides solutions to benefit your farming operation.”

Bob Smith, MaxYield grain superintendent at Waverly.

MaxYield’s former Britt location leader, Bob Smith, now serves as the grain superintendent at the feed mill near Waverly, which is his home area. “We’re hitting the ground running at Waverly, thanks to team members like Bob,” said Keith Heim, CEO of MaxYield. “When you look at the success of MaxYield’s long-standing relationships with other feed mills and grain end-users, I’m confident Waverly will be a win-win, too.”

To learn more about marketing grain at the Standard Nutrition feed mill, contact MaxYield’s Waverly office at 515-200-5149.