January 20, 2021

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

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Clay County staff members accept a donation from MaxYield Cooperative totaling $1520. From Left to Right: Isabel Dehrkoop, County Youth Program Coordinator; Sarah Dirks, In-School & Adult Human Sciences Program Coordinator; and Jo Engel, Youth Human Sciences Program Coordinator. The funds will cover $10 of every Clay County 4-H member’s annual dues.

SPENCER, IA – MaxYield Cooperative recently contributed $1520 towards the membership dues for Clay County 4-H members. The check was presented to Isabel Dehrkoop, Clay County Youth Program Coordinator, and other ISU Extension and Outreach staff on December 16th. The funds will pay $10 of the $35 state dues for 4-H members in the county. This membership not only allows students to display and compete with their projects at the Clay 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 Clay 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 Clay County’s 150-plus 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

1960 John Deere 630 LP Standard

Larry Maasdam

Folks in the Midwest have a deep connection to anything that is bred or built in the heartland. This 1960 John Deere 630 LP Standard was built just down the road in Waterloo, and is now owned by Larry Maasdam of Clarion, Iowa. Various online sources, including TractorData.com, estimate there were a total of 734 JD 630’s built, only 16 of which use LP gas as their fuel source.

Larry, who has been featured in our tractor calendar in the past, is committed to maintaining the beauty and history of farm equipment from days gone by. He is also a contributor to the Heartland Museum in Clarion, and this JD 630 LP Standard is featured there as of the time of this printing. More information on the museum can be found on their website at www.heartlandmuseum.org.

This 1960 John Deere 630 LP Standard was featured in our 2021 Tractor Calendar.

 

MaxYield Cooperative Holds Annual Meeting by Mail

WEST BEND, IA – MaxYield Cooperative® recently held its 106th annual meeting. Due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s meeting and director elections were conducted by mail. During MaxYield’s regular board meeting Wednesday, December 9, nominating committee member Rich Harves from Dickens, IA, reviewed the ballots and announced the results of the election to the board of directors.

Reelected by the membership to MaxYield’s board were Jim Black of Algona in MaxYield’s east region, David Garrelts from Emmetsburg in the central region and Barry Anderson of Greenville in the west region. They will each serve a three-year term. The minutes of MaxYield’s 2019 annual meeting were also approved by the membership.

During the December board meeting, Howard Haas was nominated by the board to continue serving as chairman. David Garrelts and Eric Marchand will continue to serve as vice chairman and secretary/treasurer, respectively.

At the conclusion of MaxYield’s fiscal year ending July 31, 2020, the directors reviewed and approved the cooperative’s financial audit. Each Class A (voting) member received a summary of MaxYield’s financial report in their annual meeting packet that was mailed in November.

MaxYield CEO Keith Heim says that the cooperative had positive local and total savings to report. “Each year presents challenges and opportunities and Fiscal 2020 was no different. I am especially proud of how our team performed and showed grit and resiliency during this COVID-19 pandemic. MaxYield is a solution’s provider and I appreciate the solutions our team brings to our members and clients every day. We also appreciate the support of our members as we transitioned to an annual meeting conducted by mail this year.”

MaxYield Cooperative reported Local Savings from Operations for the 2019-2020 fiscal year of $1,512,243 and pre-tax Total Savings for the cooperative totaled $8.6 million.

“In Fiscal 2020, we achieved the second best total revenue in company history”, Heim said. “Most all revenue areas showed consistency with the past year and remain on upward trend lines. Some areas of note include the second best drying revenue year, solid total energy and feed margins, strong total seed margins and exceptional soybean margins.”

The MaxYield board approved using a portion of this year’s available Section 199A tax deduction internally to mitigate the cooperative’s tax obligation. Heim added that the unused Section 199A tax deduction amount of approximately $1.4 million will be passed through to members for possible use on their individual tax returns.

Heim said that the cooperative maintains a solid balance sheet. “Term debt was reduced by approximately $4.0 million. We maintained adequate working capital levels while spending approximately $13 million on capital expenditures during the fiscal year.”

Member’s equity increased by about $2.65 million in 2020, noted Heim. “MaxYield once again increased retained savings, which now totals nearly $67 million as compared to 1997 when retained savings were ($122,242). The retained savings comparison is a good perspective of the financial improvement at MaxYield over the past 23 years.”

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.

Brave the Shave: Brian Morey Helps Raise Nearly $5,000 for Children’s Cancer Center

Brian Morey usually doesn’t get a haircut more than once or twice a year. Saying his hair is “thick” is an understatement—although you’d never know it if you saw him after the 4th of July this past summer.

“My buddy Lennie Carkhuff—we call him Bear—is battling pancreatic and liver cancer,” said Morey, a MaxYield Cooperative truck driver from Mallard who jokes he’s a “commodity relocation specialist.” “I said if our friends could raise $1,000 or more to fight cancer, I’d let Bear shave my head.”

The big moment came during A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa’s 2020 Freedom Rally near Algona. When the shears to shave Morey’s head during the opening ceremony didn’t arrive on time, Morey’s friends rustled up a cattle trimmer and handed it to Bear.

“It was terrible,” Morey said of the haircut itself. “The good thing is that we were able to donate $4,999 to the cancer center at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.”

Here are five other things you may not know about Morey, who has worked for MaxYield for 30 years:

  1. MOREY STAYS CLOSE TO HIS FARM ROOTS

Morey grew up 5 miles west of West Bend, where his family raised hogs, cattle, corn and soybeans. Morey enjoyed working outside and fixing everything from bicycles to motorcycles, tractors and trucks. “I would have liked to have been a farmer but I didn’t have that opportunity,” said Morey, 1984 graduate of West Bend High School. He studied automotive repair at Iowa Lakes Community College. Jobs were tough to come by in rural Iowa during those Farm Crisis years. After a brief stint working at a packing plant in Storm Lake, Morey worked with with Bleuer Construction for four years before landing a job at West Bend Elevator Company in 1990. “I’ve enjoyed getting to build a career in my hometown,” he said.

  1. WORKING AT THE CO-OP OFFERS OPPORTUNITY

When Morey started working at the co-op in West Bend, he was in the grain division. He also spent 20 weeks a year working in the soybean processing plant. “We sold fish cake to places in Louisiana,” said Morey, who noted that a big customer included the Landry family, who rose to fame through the popular “Swamp People” series on the History Channel. Today, Morey hauls grain and fertilizer in MaxYield’s central region in the spring and fall. He also hauls equipment like Trackmobiles, as needed. “You tell me what you want done, and I’ll give you the best service I can.”

  1. MOREY LIKES HIS WIDE-OPEN SPACES

Morey enjoys spending time outdoors, from deer hunting to motorcycling. He started riding a Yahama 50 at age 5. He grew up to be a Honda guy but says his “banker” (his wife, Melissa) wanted him to drive a Harley-Davidson. “It has cruise control,” explained Melissa, speaking of the couple’s Ultra Classic. The couple sometimes travels with a small group of other riders. They also enjoy longer rides, including a late summer 2020 trip to Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor, Iowa. “All the twists and turns of the road by the Mississippi River are interesting,” Morey said. “We like seeing the woods and hills.”

  1. MOREY AND HIS FAMILY ARE ACTIVE IN A.B.A.T.E.

Morey (right) with Bear at the 2020 A.B.A.T.E. Freedom Rally in Algona.

Morey joined A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (A.B.A.T.E.) after attending the group’s Freedom Rally near Algona in 2002. “This is a political and educational organization and supports all freedoms for U.S. citizens,” Morey said. “We believe you should have choices, rather than the government telling you what to do.” A.B.A.T.E. offers many educational programs related to motorcycle riding, including Share the Road, which is taught in every drivers’ education program in Iowa, a statewide motorcycle-rider education program, a returning rider class (“to break you of your bad habits,” Morey said), and a new trike class. “A lot of people buy the wrong bike, just because it looks cool or they want to keep up with the Jones,” Morey said. “We want everyone to enjoy the ride, but do it safely.”

  1. GIVING BACK IS IMPORTANT

Morey has served on the maintenance crew at Freedom Park northeast of Algona since 2009. As soon as the snow melts, he and his fellow volunteers start getting the park ready for the July 4th Freedom Rally. He and his fellow A.B.A.T.E. members also hold a “toy run” motorcycle ride in September to purchase toys for under-privileged kids in a 10-county area of northern Iowa. “We get donations from businesses, plus each person on the run pays $10 and donates a new, unwrapped toy,” said Morey, who noted the event also includes an auction. Depending on the year, the group has raised $7,000 to $20,000 to buy toys. The Moreys also support Bikes for Tykes, which donates bicycles to kids in Webster, Wright, Hamilton and Humboldt counties for Christmas. “It’s nice to be able to give back to more people,” Morey said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian and his wife, Melissa, have been married 32 years and have two grown children.

 

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

Fostoria Fire Department Receives Matching Funds Contribution from CHS, MaxYield

Fire chief Kim Kroger accepts contributions from MaxYield Cooperative and CHS that will complete their fundraising campaign to purchase new bunker gear for the Fostoria Fire Department.

MaxYield Cooperative presented the Fostoria Fire Department with a contribution of $2500, plus an additional $2500 in matching funds from the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program. Fire chief Kim Kroger accepted the contributions and the funds will be used to purchase new bunker gear for the fire department.

“After receiving grant money from other sources and with these contributions from CHS and MaxYield, we now have raised enough money that every volunteer with the fire department will now have new and updated gear,” Kroger said. “For a small fire department like ours, that is a big deal. We are really grateful for CHS and MaxYield’s support on this project.”

About CHS Seeds for Stewardship

The CHS Seeds for Stewardship is a competitive grant program that matches funds for projects that develop the next generation of ag leaders, improve ag safety and enhance rural vitality in local communities. CHS is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. More information about CHS is available at www.chsinc.com.

About MaxYield Cooperative
MaxYield Cooperative is a diversified 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.

 

MaxYield Cooperative Pays Portion of Dickinson County 4-H Membership Dues

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

MaxYield Cooperative recently contributed $1290 towards the membership dues for Dickinson County 4-H members. The check was presented to Madeleine Bretey, county youth coordinator, on September 1. The funds will pay $10 of the $35 state dues for 4-H members in the county. This membership provides members with opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, community service and many other worthwhile projects.

“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.

Scale Improvements to Speed Delivery to MaxYield’s Britt Location

 

Clients and members delivering grain to our Britt location this fall will not only notice the new 750,000-bushel storage bin, they’ll also enjoy an easier time weighing in and out.

Britt location leader, Sara Anderson noted that a new scale ticket printer and intercom system are a nice addition to the improvements there. “Clients will be able to communicate directly with us in the office and the scale ticket will print automatically. You won’t have to leave the truck during deliveries. We’ve also added a signal at the end of the scale so you easily know which pit to go to.”

The goal, she said, is to make it easier for grain deliveries at Britt. “It’s easy to see the big improvements, like the new bin. However, just as important is making the client experience here better. We’re excited about everything that’s happening here.”

The MaxYield team has also been hard at work adjusting and calibrating the new Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) grain handling system, which will increase productivity, efficiency and safety at the location.