November 28, 2020

Annual Meeting – UPDATE

Last week all Class A (voting) members of MaxYield Cooperative were sent their NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING. As noted in the mailing, the in-person portion of the Annual Meeting will not be held and the financial report and director election will be conducted by mail.

For your reference, below is the letter that was sent to voting members. Please mail all ballots in the return envelope marked “BALLOT” to MaxYield’s corporate office.  We must receive your ballot by the close of business on December 8, 2020.

 

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING

Dear MaxYield Cooperative Member:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person portion of MaxYield Cooperative’s Annual Meeting will not be held. Your cooperative’s July 31, 2020 financial report and the director election will be conducted by mail.

The following is included in this Notice of Annual Meeting packet:

  • Financial Statements. A condensed financial statement on the fiscal year of operation for MaxYield Cooperative, which concluded July 31, 2020, is enclosed. Detailed printed or electronic financial reports are available at any MaxYield location or by contacting Bridgett Southard or Doug Miller at our corporate office at 515-200-5115.
  • Official Board of Directors ballot. Also included are board candidate profiles and the ballot return envelope.
  • Minutes of last year’s annual meeting, included for your review and approval.

The stockholders are requested to:

  • Fill certain positions on the cooperative’s Board of Directors
  • Approve the minutes of last year’s board meeting

Enclosed is the official Ballot for purpose of the above. With respect to the positions on the Board of Directors, please mark one candidate for each of the open positions. To approve last year’s annual meeting minutes, please mark “YES.” Your ballot can be returned in the enclosed postage paid envelope.

Counting of the ballots will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. A member of the nominating committee and/or a Class A (voting) member of MaxYield Cooperative will count the ballots. We must receive your ballot by the close of business on December 8, 2020.

Do not hesitate to contact your board of directors or nearest location with any questions regarding the annual meeting or the financial report of MaxYield Cooperative. Results from the director election will be posted to www.maxyieldcoop.com and www.fromthefield.com.

We appreciate your support of MaxYield Cooperative!

Cooperatively yours;

Howard Haas                                                                 Keith Heim
Board Chairman                                                            CEO

Interested in Purchasing Condo Storage Units?

From time-to-time we have clients that are interested in purchasing condo storage units at MaxYield Cooperative. If you are interested in purchasing condo storage units, we can place your interest on a list for potential sellers to review.

For more information, please contact Rick Abrahamson at 515-200-5115 or rabrahamson@maxyieldcoop.com. Thank you!

Kerry Hiscocks Retires from MaxYield Cooperative

Kerry Hiscocks, operations team member at MaxYield Cooperative’s Klemme location, recently retired from the cooperative. Pat White (left), Klemme location leader and Frank Uhde (right), east area leader present Hiscocks with a stainless steel cooler as a gift of appreciation for his years of service.

KLEMME, IA – Kerry Hiscocks, operations team member at MaxYield’s Klemme location, was recognized with a retirement coffee honoring his 15 years of service to the local cooperative recently. His last day with MaxYield was October 30, 2020.

After many years of working in the agriculture industry, Hiscocks began his career with MaxYield in 2005 after the acquisition of the Klemme location. He served in multiple roles during his time with MaxYield, most recently working in operations at Klemme.

Hiscocks is ready for the next stage of his life. “It has been a good ride. I appreciate all the people I have worked with and the opportunities that this company has provided for me and my family. I look forward to the next chapter and wish MaxYield much success in the future,” he said.

MaxYield wishes Hiscocks all the best during his retirement!

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.

 

MaxYield Continues Lakota Hunting with Heroes Support

Bernie Becker accepts MaxYield’s contribution to Lakota Hunting with Heroes. MaxYield annually pays for the transportation expenses for active and retired servicemen and women from Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Battalion to attend a weekend of hunting and healing in North Iowa.

Bernie Becker, co-founder of Lakota Hunting with Heroes, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, recently accepted a contribution totaling $2500 from MaxYield Cooperative.

Hunting with Heroes provides pheasant and duck hunting on land near Lakota, IA to combat injured active-duty and recently retired and combat wounded service members.  Since its inception 10 years ago, the core of the roster has been made up of U.S. Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC.

The contribution from MaxYield Cooperative will pay the ground transportation expenses of the service members to travel to Iowa for the event, which is held each November during the week of Veteran’s Day.

MaxYield’s donation has been critical in creating a safe, yet engaging event, said Becker. “This year’s Hunting with Heroes event will take a different form. The pheasant and duck hunt with the visiting service members will continue with precautions that will protect our local and visiting Veterans. Though we cannot hold our appreciation banquet like normal, we look forward to honoring all local veterans on November 11th with a very special event in Lakota.  We have some exciting plans to shut down main street in Lakota from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. for a drive through patriotic display and to hand out free Thanksgiving meal kits to veterans and widows of veterans.”

“MaxYield has been involved with Hunting with Heroes since its inception and we continue to be a proud supporter of this event,” stated Chad Meyer, MaxYield client relations/communications leader. “The benefit Hunting with Heroes provides the servicemen and women who visit Iowa is amazing and humbling. The recognition and appreciation of our local veterans, spouses and widows receive during the event is something that we are proud to be associated with.”

 

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 and www.FromTheField.com.

 

Iowa Agriculture Brought to North Central Iowa Students with MaxYield Cooperative Contribution

GARNER, IA – MaxYield Cooperative recently presented a donation of $500 to North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom (NCIAC), a non-profit organization serving north Iowa schools by offering

North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom Program Director Brenda Mormann accepts a $500 donation from MaxYield Cooperative. The funds will be used in fulfilling the organization’s mission of educating students on Iowa agriculture.

staff and resources to teach students about Iowa agriculture. By way of contributions and donations, NCIAC is equipped to offer Ag Education Weeks, farm tours, lesson plans, and virtual farm visits to students in nine Iowa counties at no cost to schools.

“Agriculture literacy is an important layer in securing a bright future for Iowa agriculture, and it’s important that education begins at a young age,” stated Emily Campbell, talent recruitment and communications specialist at MaxYield Cooperative. “Brenda and the team with North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom do a phenomenal job of developing and implementing lessons for local students to learn about and experience many types of agriculture in our state, and MaxYield is happy to support this curriculum.”

More information about NCIAC is available at http://www.nciagintheclassroom.org/.

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

Palo Alto County 4-H Membership Dues Reduced by Contribution from MaxYield Cooperative

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Palo Alto County staff members accept a donation from MaxYield Cooperative totaling $1400. From Left to Right: Jody Leuer, Office Assistant; Julie Naig, County Youth Coordinator; Beth Frankenstein, Region 2 Director; Roberta Hersom, Extension Council Treasurer. The funds will cover $10 of every Palo Alto County 4-H member’s annual dues.

EMMETSBURG, IA – MaxYield Cooperative recently contributed $1400 towards the membership dues for Palo Alto County 4-H members. The check was presented to Julie Naig, Palo Alto County Youth Coordinator, and other ISU Extension and Outreach staff on October 6th during National 4-H Week. 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 Palo Alto County Fair and Iowa State Fair, 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, talent recruitment and communications specialist at MaxYield Cooperative. “Being a 4-H alumna myself, I know that the members of Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto County’s 140 members.”

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

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

Tim Fuoss Announces Retirement from MaxYield Cooperative

Tim Fuoss is pictured with Jeff Bonnstetter (right), West Bend Shop Team Leader. Tim was presented a stainless steel MaxYield cooler as a token of appreciation for his 17 years of service to the cooperative.

Tim Fuoss, maintenance team member at MaxYield’s West Bend Tires and Service Center/Shop, has announced his retirement from the cooperative. Tim has worked in and around the shop throughout his 17-year career with the cooperative, and has been dubbed by Jeff Bonnstetter (West Bend Shop Team Leader) as his “right-hand man”. His last day with MaxYield is October 2, 2020.

MaxYield Cooperative is thankful for Tim’s many years of service. In his retirement, Tim is looking forward to traveling, including an Alaskan cruise. He will also continue to farm. Best wishes, Tim!

Fueling Your Power Base: Meet Teri Meyer, Energy Solutions Coordinator

When you call Energy Central at MaxYield Cooperative, you’re not just talking to someone who sits behind a desk all day. When you connect with Teri Meyer, you quickly discover she brings her own brand of energy to her new role.

“When I started this job in April 2020, I wanted to get out in the field and see what a typical day is like for our drivers,” said Meyer, energy solutions coordinator.

She rode along with Dave Solberg, a refined fuel delivery driver in the West Area, on a cold, rainy spring day. Every time he got out of the truck to fill a fuel tank, she didn’t stay behind. She followed him and even helped him install a new nozzle on a fuel hose.

“Dave said I didn’t have to get out of the truck at each stop, but I wanted to get the full experience,” Meyer said.

Those experiences can involve eating lunch in the truck on a gravel road, interacting with clients and knowing you’ve put in a full day’s work when it’s quitting time. “By the end of the day, I was shot,” Meyer said. “Riding with Dave gave me a whole new appreciation for how hard the energy team works.”

 

FINDING A NICHE IN FUEL

This appreciation for agriculture and all things rural took root when Meyer worked for the Cartersville Elevator in Nora Springs, Iowa.

“I grew up in Hampton, so I was familiar with a few basics about Iowa farming. Until I starting working at an elevator, however, I had no idea how so many things come together to make agriculture work. The more I learned, I kept thinking, ‘This is so awesome!’”

During the six and a half years she spent at the Cartersville Elevator, Meyer ran the scale when farmers delivered grain. She also started handling some of the fuel work. “I really enjoyed learning about the energy business,” Meyer said. “There’s never a dull moment.”

When Meyer joined MaxYield Cooperative in February 2019, she started as a client care leader at Everly. “Everyone here has been so welcoming. You can tell the MaxYield team truly cares about their clients and team members.”

Meyer didn’t hesitate to apply when a job opportunity with Energy Central opened up this spring. “There was no doubt in my mind I wanted to pursue this,” she said. “I love building strong relationships with our energy clients and finding the solutions they need.”

For some clients, this might mean operating as efficiently as possible to contract propane or sign them up for the even-pay program. For other clients, it means taking the time to visit. “I was on the phone for 17 minutes recently with an 84-year-old client who wanted to chat,” Meyer said. “Our clients are diverse, so we tailor our solutions to fit their style.”

Meyer also enjoys working with the energy team members, from the delivery drivers to energy solutions specialists to Sara Sparks, who also works extensively in providing energy solutions to MaxYield clients.

Meyer appreciates MaxYield’s many training opportunities to help team members become better solutions providers. She has taken everything from computer classes to a crucial conversations class, which helps team members learn how to foster productive, open dialogue when conflict arises. “It’s important to treat each person as an individual so we can work more effectively together,” Meyer said.

Technology makes this easier. Meyer appreciates the Energy-Force™ software system, which streamlines MaxYield’s fuel delivering routing system. These opportunities energize Meyer about her work. “I want to excel in my new role. I’m learning as much as I can, and I’m so excited to be here.”

Editor’s note: Meyer enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old son, camping, attending auto races and tractor pulls, being outdoors and staying active.

Harvest Update and Health Precautions – September 2020

Dear MaxYield Cooperative Clients,

As we’ve seen throughout the spring and summer, agriculture remains an essential business. While many sectors and industries have shut down or reduced production during this time, farming and the business activities associated with agriculture have maintained operations and will continue to do so.

Though harvest 2020 is beginning, COVID-19 is still present in our communities. We must continue to make choices that help protect our team members, neighborhoods and you, our clients. All counties in the MaxYield trade area are experiencing a steady or increased number of positive cases. In response we are continuing with adjustments to our office procedures:

  • Team members, clients, and others should refrain from entering location offices, other than to conduct essential business (paperwork, grain samples, etc.). Meetings will be held via web conference or phone when possible.
  • If entering a location for essential business or meeting elsewhere, please maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others. This includes any on-farm visits by MaxYield team members.
  • We encourage the use of masks by team members and clients, especially when social distancing is not possible.

Though we are conducting business a little differently, we’re still working hard to provide solutions to you and your farming operation. Our grain, agronomy, feed, energy, and on-farm trucking teams are ready to work with you this fall.

We encourage clients who prefer to contact our team via phone, email or text to do so when possible and appropriate this season. You can find contact information for all MaxYield locations on our website. Connection Central is another great tool for you to view grain contracts, sales tickets, statements and more online and in real time.

I thank you for your flexibility and perseverance through the past several months. I wish you a safe and healthy harvest, and we all look forward to the day when we can put the coffee on, pop the popcorn, and welcome you into our locations with open arms once again.

 

Cooperatively,

Keith Heim
CEO

Bob Beaver Announces Retirement from MaxYield Cooperative

Gene Lueders (left), MaxYield Superior and Gruver Location Leader, presents Bob Beaver with a stainless steel cooler as a token of appreciation for his many years of service. Bob’s last day at MaxYield is September 9, 2020.

Bob Beaver, Client Care Leader at MaxYield’s Gruver location, has announced his retirement. Bob has held a variety of roles between the Superior and Gruver locations during his tenure and has spent 42 years with the organization that is now MaxYield Cooperative. His last day with MaxYield is September 9, 2020.

We thank Bob for his many years of dedication to serving MaxYield clients. A highlight of his retirement, he says, will be getting to see his children more who live in Storm Lake (Iowa), Wisconsin, and Arizona. Congratulations, Bob!