April 7, 2020

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

MaxYield & Land O’Lakes Foundation Light Whittemore Fire Department Project

Melanie Elbert, MaxYield client care leader, presents the Whittemore Fire Department with a $500 contribution from MaxYield and Land O’Lakes Foundation to improve security lighting at the fire station. Accepting the donations were fire chief Eric Goodman (left) and Brian Goodman, firefighter/EMT.

Whittemore, IA – MaxYield Cooperative recently presented the Whittemore Fire Department with a contribution of $500. The funds will be used to improve the security lighting at the fire station building.

Melanie Elbert, client care leader at MaxYield in Whittemore, presented the checks to fire chief Eric Goodman and firefighter/EMT Brian Goodman.

MaxYield also presented the Whittemore fire department with $500 in matching funds from Land O’Lakes Foundation. Land O’Lakes Foundation helps rural communities prosper by donating resources that develop and strengthen organizations dedicated to Hunger, Education and Community. Since 1997, the Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants through a variety of giving programs.

“In 2008 MaxYield donated the land that the Whittemore fire station now sits on to the fire department,” said MaxYield client relations & communications leader Chad Meyer. “When the fire department is called in to service, it’s often at night or early in the morning when it’s dark. The new lighting outside the fire station will make it safer for the volunteer fire fighters and EMT’s when they respond to calls and it will improve the overall security around the building.”

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 & Land O’Lakes Foundation Boost Whittemore Legion Project

Members of the Whittemore American Legion accepted $2000 in total contributions from MaxYield Cooperative and Land O’Lakes Foundation. Accepting the contributions from Melanie Elbert, were (L to R) William C. Elbert, Mick Zimmerman, and Charlie Wise.

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented the Seely-Walsh Post #425 of the American Legion in Whittemore with a contribution of $1000. The funds will be used to update the flooring inside the legion building.

Melanie Elbert, client care leader at MaxYield in Whittemore, presented the checks to members of the legion.

MaxYield also presented the legion with $1000 in matching funds from Land O’Lakes Foundation. Land O’Lakes Foundation helps rural communities prosper by donating resources that develop and strengthen organizations dedicated to Hunger, Education and Community. Since 1997, the Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants through a variety of giving programs.

“The Legion is a cornerstone in the Whittemore community,” said MaxYield client relations & communications leader Chad Meyer. “In addition to the many ways they support military veterans in our local area, the Legion building hosts numerous events and fundraisers. We are happy to help them with their flooring project.”

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

Grain Market Outlook Meeting – Waverly, IA

Grain Market Outlook Meeting – Waverly, IA

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

Time: Noon Lunch, presentation to follow

Location: East Bremer Diner, 117 E. Bremer Ave, Waverly, IA

Nate Durako from Advance Trading will present information on grain markets

 

Contact MaxYield’s Waverly office at 515-200-5149 for more details. See you there!

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.