February 19, 2020

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.”

Val Auten to Retire from MaxYield Cooperative

Keith Heim (right), MaxYield CEO, joins Val Auten, who was honored with a retirement coffee on December 19 in Emmetsburg. Auten, who has worked at MaxYield for 13 years, will retire at the end of the year.

EMMETSBURG, IA – Val Auten, client care leader at MaxYield Cooperative’s grain receiving office at the Standard Nutrition feed mill in Emmetsburg, was recognized with a retirement coffee on December 19 honoring his 13 years of service to the local cooperative. His last day with MaxYield will be December 31, 2019.

Auten began his career at MaxYield in October of 2006, working at the cooperative’s Ayrshire location that fall. He worked at MaxYield’s locations in Mallard and Emmetsburg before operating the grain receiving office in Emmetsburg for MaxYield since 2013.

During retirement, Auten jokingly says he looks forward to “Doing whatever the heck I want to.” He’s also an avid woodworker and looks forward to tackling more projects.

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.

Hancock Co. Ag Museum Expansion Project Receives Contribution from MaxYield

Sara Anderson, MaxYield Cooperative’s location leader at Britt, presents Hancock County Ag Museum & Pioneer Village president Darrell Schaper with a contribution to be used in the museum’s upcoming expansion project.

Britt, IA – Darrell Schaper, Hancock County Ag Museum & Pioneer Village president, recently accepted a contribution totaling $1500 from MaxYield Cooperative.

The non-profit museum is located on the Hancock County Fairgrounds in Britt, IA and is undergoing a capital campaign to construct a third and final addition to their museum building.

“MaxYield has partnered with the Hancock County Ag Museum during their recent fundraising campaigns,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield client relations & communications leader. “We are happy to lend support so that the museum can finish the final leg of their expansion plans. They do a tremendous job is preserving and showcasing Hancock County’s rich agricultural history.”

The Hancock County Ag Museum and Pioneer Village is open to the public during the county fair, Britt Hobo Day, the Britt Draft Horse Show and other times by appointment.

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.

 

Retirement Coffee Held for Deb Lauck

Diane Streit (right), MaxYield human resources director joins Deb Lauck, who was honored with a retirement coffee on December 18. Lauck, who has been a receptionist and accounts payable assistant for 33 years, will retire from MaxYield at the end of the year.

WEST BEND – Deb Lauck, receptionist and accounts payable assistant at MaxYield Cooperative’s corporate office in West Bend, was recognized with a retirement coffee on December 18 honoring her 33 years of service to the local cooperative. Her last day with MaxYield will be December 31, 2019.

Lauck began her career at MaxYield in July of 1986, in the accounts payable department and answering phones, duties she maintained throughout her career. The last several years Lauck has also served as receptionist at the cooperative’s corporate office.

During retirement, she is looking forward to spending more time with her grandchildren and visiting relatives. Lauck and her husband Larry are also excited to start a few renovations in their home.

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

Directors Approve Grain Facility Upgrades in Klemme

MaxYield’s board of directors recently approved the construction of a new grain storage bin, grain dryer and grain handling infrastructure in Klemme. The $4.5 million project will be completed prior to harvest 2020.

The MaxYield Cooperative board of directors approved at their December board meeting numerous grain facility upgrades at their location in Klemme, IA. The project, which is expected to be completed and ready to use by the 2020 harvest, will begin when spring weather allows.

MaxYield CEO Keith Heim stated that the construction project will be a $4.5 million investment into Klemme. “The project will include a 105-foot diameter grain storage bin with approximate capacity of 750,000 bushels. It will also include a 4,000-bushel-per-hour grain dryer, wet corn holding capacity, overhead truck load-out capability and all the infrastructure needed to complete the project.”

Bid-letting for the project will be finalized in the next couple weeks.

“Our Klemme facility incurred storm damage in September that greatly affected our ability to serve our members and clients in that area,” Heim said. “We made what modifications we could so we could get through harvest, but we know that it is not feasible to operate this location beyond 2019 without significant upgrades to the facility.”

“We are pleased that the board of directors approved this project. Our strong balance sheet allows us to move forward with several significant projects in 2020. This is an excellent upgrade for our Klemme area clients and we are excited to get started on the project this spring,” Heim added.

This projects is in the early stages of development at this time. More details will be shared as they become available by the cooperative.

About MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative is a local, diversified 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.MaxYieldCoop.com and www.FromTheField.com

Annual Meeting Held for MaxYield Cooperative

In addition to detailing MaxYield’s positive local and total returns in 2019, CEO Keith Heim reviewed the cooperative’s commitment to further investments, including this grain storage expansion project in Britt, IA at their annual meeting held December 12.

WEST BEND, IA – MaxYield Cooperative® held its 105th annual meeting Monday, December 12 at the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum in Algona, IA.

Board chairman Howard Haas called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.

During the meeting, MaxYield CFO Susan Post discussed the financial results of the cooperative. The audited financial report for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2019 reported local earnings of $1,790,071 with total pre-tax earnings totaling $7.4 million. Both earnings levels were greater than the prior fiscal year.

In his remarks to the membership, MaxYield CEO Keith Heim stated he was pleased with the cooperative’s fiscal results. “I’m also pleased to report that each department at MaxYield contributed positively to these earnings,” he said.

Heim noted that the cooperative continues to have a very strong balance sheet. “Term debt has decreased by over $4.8 million, member’s equity increased by more than $3.6 million and we added over $2.5 million to working capital in 2019. MaxYield also increased retained savings, which now totals nearly $59 million. In 1997, retained savings were ($122,242), so you can see we continue to make significant progress in strengthening the financial position of MaxYield.”

Both Heim and board chairman Haas emphasized that MaxYield continues to invest in the company. “In January 2019 we purchased property near Britt that included three warehouse buildings totaling 17,000 square feet of space, real estate and seed treating and bulk seed storage tanks. Among other capital expenditures, we’ve also committed to building additional grain storage space in Britt and Belmond in 2020,” Heim noted.

Heim went on to say that MaxYield expanded its footprint in 2019. “On August 1st MaxYield and Standard Nutrition Services entered into a joint venture where we will be handling the grain purchasing, grain accounting and risk management at their newly acquired feed mill east of Waverly, IA. Since 1995, MaxYield has provided grain procurement and risk management services to feed mills and end-users, including Kerber Milling in Emmetsburg which is now owned by Standard Nutrition.”

Nominating committee member Rich Harves of Dickens announced the results of the director election. Eric Marchand of Britt was reelected and Greg Guenther from Algona and Don Salton of Dickens were elected to serve three year terms on the board of directors.

Following the annual 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.

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 or www.FromtheField.com.

 

MaxYield Contributes Funds towards Clay County 4-H Membership Dues

(l to r) Isabel Dehrkoop, county youth coordinator, Sarah Dirks, in-school and adult program coordinator and Jo Engel, youth human sciences program coordinator accept MaxYield’s contribution that will decrease the cost of 4-H for members in Clay County.

MaxYield Cooperative recently made a contribution of $1990 towards the membership dues for all Clay County 4-H members. The check, presented on December 4, 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 Clay 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.

Annual Meeting set for December 12, 2019

 

DOWNLOAD: Annual Meeting Invite 2019 (PDF)

Class A (voting) members of MaxYield Cooperative recently received the following annual meeting invitation and board of director ballots. Regarding director elections, the following members are seeking election:

East Area (east of Hwy 169 south of Algona & east of County Road P66 north of Wesley): Eric Marchand, Britt, is running unopposed.

Central Area (between IA Hwy 4 & IA Hwy 169 south of Algona & County Road P66 north of Wesley: Greg Guenther, Algona, is running unopposed.

West Area (West of IA Hwy 4): Tim Chapman, Spencer and Don Salton, Dickens, are seeking election in the West Area for the one director opening.

The following membership letter details the annual meeting to be held December 12, 2019…

November 18, 2019

Dear MaxYield Cooperative Member:

The stockholders of MaxYield Cooperative are cordially invited to attend the company’s annual meeting. The time and location of the meeting will be as follows:

Date:   December 12, 2019

             Place: Kossuth Co. Ag & Motorsports Museum  (located on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds)

                        800 East Fair St, Algona, IA  

              Time: 9:30 a.m.        Refreshments
                          10:00 a.m.       Meeting Begins
                          10:45 a.m.       Adjourn

 The stockholders are requested to:

  • Fill certain positions on the cooperative’s Board of Directors

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.

Your ballot can be returned in the enclosed postage paid envelope.

We ask that these be mailed before December 2, 2019.

Cooperatively yours;

Keith Heim                                                     Howard Haas

CEO                                                                Board Chairman

MaxYield Cooperative                                   MaxYield Cooperative

 

 

MaxYield Supports Palo Alto County Ag in the Classroom

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented a $500 check to the Palo Alto County Farm Bureau to support North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom educational opportunities in that area.

Mary Newton, accepted the contribution on behalf of Palo Alto County Farm Bureau.

MaxYield annually supports local 4-H, FFA and other ag-based learning in several counties across north and northwest Iowa.

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.