March 29, 2020

Archives for March 2020

Marissa Eekhoff Earns Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Marissa Eekhoff is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Ryan and Lori Eekhoff of Britt. Eekhoff will be a 2020 graduate of West Hancock High School and plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, IA majoring in Animal Science.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

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

Morgan Schmidt Awarded Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Morgan Schmidt is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Rob and Amanda Schmidt of West Bend. Schmidt will be a 2020 graduate of West Bend Mallard High School and plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, IA majoring in Ag Studies.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in Iowa, and southern Minnesota. 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 www.FromTheField.com.

 

 

Emily Stallman Earns Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Emily Stallman is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Pete and Charlene Stallman of Everly. Stallman will be a 2020 graduate of Hartley Melvin Sanborn High School and plans to attend Northwest Iowa Community College majoring in Ag Business.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

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

Dayton Brugman Awarded Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Dayton Brugman is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

He is the son of Dan and Darcy Brugman of Peterson, IA. Brugman is a graduate of Clay Central-Everly High School and is a recent graduate of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, IA. He currently attends Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Ag Studies with a minor in Ag Systems Technology and Agronomy. Brugman is now a two-time recipient of MaxYield’s ag scholarship award.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in Iowa, and southern Minnesota. 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 www.FromTheField.com.

Brielle Smeby Earns Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Brielle Smeby is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Todd and Tracy Smeby of Klemme, IA. Smeby is a graduate of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School and attends Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Animal Science and Ag Business. Smeby is now a two-time recipient of MaxYield’s scholarship award.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in Iowa, and southern Minnesota. 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 www.FromTheField.com

Letter from CEO Keith Heim

Dear Valued Member and Clients,

By now you have received numerous communications regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how MaxYield Cooperative is responding. First, I want to thank you for your support and for being patient as we navigate our way through these times.

Our values and non-negotiables guide the decisions we make and our top priority has been our employees and clients health and safety while ensuring we can continue to do business. Spring planting, a season that is vital to our clients and cooperative, depends on us being there for the solutions you need. We care for the health and well-being of our team and clients, that’s why we are following this situation closely and have implemented certain restrictions at our locations. Please know that we are working hard to minimize any potential service disruptions and are committed to find new ways to work together where necessary.

We remain open for receiving grain and for making feed, seed/agronomy and energy deliveries and product pickup. Our Cenex stores also remain open and food is available for carry-out.  As you know, effective March 19 we are restricting visitors to our offices to only essential business that cannot be done by phone or electronically. For now, we will be mailing all grain checks and not holding them for pick up at our locations. If you are interested in signing up for checks to be direct deposited or paying your bill via ACH, please call your nearest MaxYield location, they are happy to help.

We encourage you to stay connected with MaxYield. Though we will have some team members working remotely for a while, they are all still accessible by phone and email. Current grain bids and MaxYield location contact information is available by visiting MaxYieldGrain.com. We can also email or text MaxYield grain bids. Be sure to contact your MaxYield location to learn more or to sign up.

We have built MaxYield based upon bringing you solutions and emphasizing relationships. Thank you for hanging in there with us as we made many client service adjustments this week. Most of all, thank you for your business and trust in us! We can’t wait to turn the coffee on and start the popcorn machine when we are past this.

Please do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions you have. We will continue to monitor the situation and remain committed to keeping you informed of any updates.

Wishing all of you a safe and productive spring!

Keith Heim
CEO

Jacey Edlin Awarded Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Jacey Edlin is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Carl and Julie Edlin of Jackson, MN. Edlin is a graduate of Jackson County Central High School and attends South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, majoring in Ag Education & Agricultural Science. This is the second time that Edlin has received MaxYield’s scholarship award.

MaxYield Cooperative annually makes scholarships available to graduating high school seniors and college students pursuing degrees in agriculture. Students completed applications forms answering questions about their career goals and why cooperatives are important to agriculture. They also submitted essays titled “Why I selected agriculture as my career.”

Six $1000 scholarships were awarded by the cooperative.

MaxYield Cooperative is a local farmer-owned cooperative serving members and clients in Iowa, and southern Minnesota. 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 www.FromTheField.com.

March 18, 2020 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Valued MaxYield Members and Clients;

The outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the steps necessary to limit its spread has caused further adjustments on how to serve our clients. In addition to our update on March 16th, I want to provide further updates and clarification on the actions we’re taking to ensure the health and safety of our team members and clients.

Further steps MaxYield Cooperative is taking through at least April 4, 2020 to help protect our team members and clients include…

  • Effective at the start of business Thursday, March 19, 2020, we will restrict visitors to our offices to only essential business that cannot be done by phone or electronically. We ask that you make appointments whenever possible.
  • Visits by our vendors and suppliers to our offices is not permitted until further notice. Every effort should be made to conduct business by phone or electronically.
  • When possible, we may have several team members working from home. We may have a limited number of team members at some offices, including the corporate office.
  • Pursuant to Iowa Governor Reynolds’ recent proclamation, convenience store patrons are required to immediately leave the store after making their food and beverage purchases. The dining areas at our Cenex stores are CLOSED until such restrictions are removed by the State of Iowa.
  • We continue to receive grain, deliver your products and operate our Cenex stores. We ask your help in limiting interactions and conducting proper social distancing with our team whenever possible.

This is a rapidly changing situation. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 through the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov and the State of Iowa. If there are any changes to this policy we will communicate as such.

Thank you for your continued understanding and support of MaxYield. We implemented these measures to enhance our likelihood of entering spring season healthy. Hopefully in 2-3 weeks we are in the field, very busy and the impacts of this situation have diminished.

Do not hesitate to call your MaxYield location with questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Keith Heim, CEO

Food & Dining at MaxYield’s Cenex Stores…UPDATE

Dining restrictions at MaxYield Cenex stores (PDF)

 

Our stores continue to operate in West Bend, Whittemore and Fostoria. We are still serving food and conducting inside sales in addition to operation of our fuel islands.

Pursuant to Iowa Governor Reynolds’ recent proclamation, convenience store patrons are required to immediately leave the store after making their food and beverage purchases.

The dining areas at our Cenex stores are CLOSED until such restrictions are removed by the State of Iowa.

The proclamation reads…

“All Restaurants and Bars are hereby closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.”

We are grateful for your business and always look forward to hosting you in our store. However due to the Iowa Governor’s proclamation, we are no longer able to have customers remain in the store to enjoy their purchases.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update (PDF)

March 16, 2020

Valued MaxYield Members and Clients;

As you are aware, an outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has developed and is causing nation-wide concern. I want to provide an update on the actions we’re taking to ensure the health and safety of our team members and clients.

Today we communicated with our team members about our expectations regarding employee health and safety related to COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, these are some of the steps MaxYield Cooperative is taking through at least April 4, 2020 to help protect our team members and clients.

  • If employees are ill, they are strongly encouraged to stay home until fully recovered.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in our offices.
  • Regularly wash hands, use hand sanitizers and properly cover sneezes and coughs.
  • Enacting a “no-handshake” policy. We know that our members and clients will understand this importance.
  • No business travel for all MaxYield employees and all MaxYield business meetings are restricted. We are asking employees to self-quarantine for 14 days after personal international trips or trips to high-risk domestic areas.

For you, our members and clients, we are committed to being your solutions provider during this time.

  • All cooperative operations, including grain receiving and delivery of products will continue. Our locations are open and ready to help.
  • When possible, we’d like to do business by phone or online. We strongly value our personal relationships and walk-in clients, however if we can do business over the phone or online during this time, it will ease the risk to you and our team. Be sure to ask about resources we offer online and electronically.
  • If you have an in-person meeting scheduled with a member of our team, we are happy to set up a phone conference.

This is a rapidly changing situation. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 through the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. If there are any changes to this policy we will communicate as such. Thank you for your understanding and support of MaxYield. Do not hesitate to contact your MaxYield location with questions or concerns.

Respectfully,

Keith Heim, CEO