November 27, 2020

Ben Buie Named MaxYield Grain Team Leader

Ben Buie has been named to the position of Grain Team Leader for MaxYield Cooperative. The appointment was announced August 10 by Keith Heim, CEO for MaxYield Cooperative and will be effective December 31, 2018.

Buie will assume the position currently held by Harry Bormann, who recently announced his intention to retire from the company in December. Bormann has been with the cooperative since 1996.

Buie will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for MaxYield’s grain department and team. He will also be responsible for grain merchandising, risk management, procurement, grain inventory, plus the education and development of the grain team.

Bormann and Buie will work together over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities. Buie will begin his duties at MaxYield mid-September, 2018.

“Ben comes to MaxYield with considerable experience in grain origination and merchandising numerous commodities, including corn and soybeans, across a diverse geographical area,” said Heim. “He also brings to MaxYield experience in grain operations and has provided leadership in a variety of grain facility upgrade projects throughout his career.”

Prior to joining MaxYield, Buie served as Grain Division Manager for ECI Cooperative, based in Cedar Falls, IA. His extensive grain industry career has included positions with J. D. Heiskell & Co. in Amarillo, TX, and Garvey Processing, Inc. in Portales, NM and St. Charles, IL.

He earned his Economics degree at the University of Illinois and his Masters of Business Administration at Eastern New Mexico University.

About MaxYield

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 3 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 and

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