October 23, 2018

Lakota Hunting with Heroes Receives Airfare Donation

Bernie Becker accepts MaxYield’s contribution to the Lakota Hunting with Heroes organization. MaxYield annually pays the airfare for marines 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, recently accepted a contribution totaling $2500 from MaxYield Cooperative.

Hunting with Heroes provides a pheasant-hunting weekend at the Becker farm near Lakota, IA to injured active-duty U.S. Marines from the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC.

The contribution from MaxYield Cooperative will pay the airfare to fly the Marines to Iowa for the event, which is held each November during Veteran’s Day weekend. The weekend concludes with a Veterans Appreciation Banquet Sunday, November 11, held at the Lakota Eagle Center.

“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 soldiers who visit Iowa is amazing and humbling. Also, the recognition and appreciation our local veterans, spouses and widows receive during the banquet continues to grow every year.

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.

MaxYield Cooperative Receives 2018 Top Workplaces Award

WEST BEND, IA, September 17, 2018 – MaxYield Cooperative has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Des Moines Register. The award is based solely on feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, connection, and more.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

“We’re excited to be honored again as a Top Workplace employer,” said Keith Heim, MaxYield’s CEO. “Recognition like this reaffirms MaxYield’s commitment to providing our team members with the opportunity to succeed and create a company that performs at its best, too.”

“Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

MaxYield has received the Top Workplace award each of the last three years and four times overall.

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.

 

Palo Alto County 4-H Membership Dues Decreased

Julie Naig, Palo Alto County Extension youth coordinator, accepts a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H membership.

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented Palo Alto County Extension and Outreach with a contribution aimed at decreasing the cost of enrollment in 4-H youth programs.

“We are continuing our support of local 4-H and commitment to our youth,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield Client Relations Director. “Recently, we presented a contribution for $10.00 per 4-H member in order to decrease the cost of 4-H membership.”

Meyer said the cooperative has two goals in providing the program. “First, we want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families, especially families that have multiple children enrolled. Secondly, by paying a portion of each 4-H member’s enrollment fee, we are able to continue our mission in supporting 4-H so that each member benefits.”

The cooperative contributed over $1400 to Palo Alto County Extension and Outreach and will contribute more than $18,000 to 4-H in seven Iowa counties annually.

“We believe that 4-H is one of the cornerstones in developing youth and 4-H provides an excellent foundation to build strong families. 4-H also provides a great way for young people to learn more about agriculture and its exciting future,” commented Meyer.

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.

MaxYield Cooperative Announces Fiscal 2018 Results

WEST BEND, IA, – MaxYield Cooperative® recently announced its fiscal results, for the year ending July 31, 2018. The board of directors for MaxYield reviewed and approved the financial audit at their board meeting, held August 23.

“The recently completed year-end showed solid earnings and financial results in a continued challenging agricultural environment,” stated MaxYield CEO Keith Heim. “We had a strong fall 2017 season and even with a very difficult spring, in which some crop inputs and nutrients were simply not applied, seed, crop nutrient and crop protection margins in total were higher than the previous fiscal year.”

Heim added that other noteworthy accomplishments included strong grain drying revenues, increased propane gallons, solid energy margins, plus increased transportation, SciMax Solutions and feed revenues. “Our emphasis on expense control, plus improved grain margins in 2018 also helped us achieve strong fiscal results,” he added.

MaxYield Cooperative’s Local Savings from Operations for the 2017-2018 fiscal year were $1,593,687, and pre-tax Total Savings for the cooperative totaled nearly $4.9 million.

Heim noted that the cooperative continues to build its balance sheet. “This is arguably the strongest balance sheet in our cooperative’s history. Term debt was reduced by $4.4 million, member’s equity increased and we added $3.0 million to working capital in 2018. MaxYield also increased retained savings, which now totals nearly $52 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. We have been and will continue to focus on enhancing revenue and decreasing expenses in this tight economic environment,” he added.

The cooperative’s annual meeting is December 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Britt Community Center, located in Britt, IA.

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.

Dickinson County 4-H Membership Dues Decreased

Hannah Brockshus, Dickinson County Extension youth coordinator, accepts a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H membership.

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented Dickinson County Extension and Outreach with a contribution aimed at decreasing the cost of enrollment in 4-H youth programs.

“We are continuing our support of local 4-H and commitment to our youth,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield Client Relations Director. “Recently, we presented a contribution for $10.00 per 4-H member in order to decrease the cost of 4-H membership.”

Meyer said the cooperative has two goals in providing the program. “First, we want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families, especially families that have multiple children enrolled. Secondly, by paying a portion of each 4-H member’s enrollment fee, we are able to continue our mission in supporting 4-H so that each member benefits.”

The cooperative contributed nearly $1600 to Dickinson County Extension and Outreach and will contribute more than $18,000 to 4-H in seven Iowa counties annually.

“We believe that 4-H is one of the cornerstones in developing youth and 4-H provides an excellent foundation to build strong families. 4-H also provides a great way for young people to learn more about agriculture and its exciting future,” commented Meyer.

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.

Cenex Warranty Pays Off Big for Otis

MaxYield energy solutions specialist, Mark Collins (right), presents a check totaling more than $21,000 to Wesley, IA area farmers Jim Otis and his son Brady.

Wesley, IA area farmer Jim Otis and his son Brady were already believers in the Cenex Total Protection Plan offered by MaxYield Cooperative. After collecting $21,841.15 for parts and labor in a recent warranty claim, their loyalty and belief in Cenex Lubricants is even more solid. Mark Collins, energy solutions specialist at MaxYield Cooperative, delivered the check.

“We have our combine and two tractors on the Total Protection Plan. I didn’t know anything about this warranty until Mark brought this to us a few years ago. Anything that I can put on this warranty, I do,” said Jim. “For $299 to sign up, it’s a lot cheaper than the dealer’s warranty and gives us better protection.”

The problems with their John Deere 9630T started last fall. “The engine had a miss and was puffing black smoke,” said Brady. “We took it to the dealer and they checked the head and put in one new piston and new injectors. It was down on compression in one of the cylinders and they said it looked like a possible injector failure.”

Both Jim and Brady were grateful for the support of both MaxYield and Cenex. “Chuck Hamilton at Cenex told me to send the entire bill to them and he would respond with what they would pay. I was very happy with the claim.”

Brady added, “This was the easiest warranty process I have ever been a part of.”

The recent warranty claim was not the only thing that the Otis’ were happy about, Jim said. “I had a previous tractor that I owned on the warranty. During maintenance work at the dealer, metal filings were found in a screen. After checking the oil sample sent to Cenex, they recommended to keep running the tractor. If I would not have had the support of Chuck and Cenex, we would have had the tractor apart and paid for repairs we didn’t need.”

“If there ever was a no-brainer in farming, this is definitely it,” says Collins. “For the small amount of money you spend on the plan, compared to the high cost of today’s equipment and repairs, it’s very worthwhile protection for both new and used equipment. And as far as the quality of the products goes, there’s nothing better on the market, period.”

More information about Cenex lubricants and the Total Protection Plan is available at any MaxYield location or by contacting them online at www.MaxYieldEnergy.com.

MaxYield Decreases Wright County 4-H Membership Dues

Jessica Norman, Wright County Extension county youth coordinator, accepts a contribution from MaxYield that will decrease the cost of 4-H membership.

MaxYield Cooperative recently presented Wright County Extension and Outreach with a contribution aimed at decreasing the cost of enrollment in 4-H youth programs.

“We are continuing our support of local 4-H and commitment to our youth,” said Chad Meyer, MaxYield Client Relations Director. “Recently, we presented a contribution for $10.00 per 4-H member in order to decrease the cost of 4-H membership.”

Meyer said the cooperative has two goals in providing the program. “First, we want to make 4-H an affordable youth program for local families, especially families that have multiple children enrolled. Secondly, by paying a portion of each 4-H member’s enrollment fee, we are able to continue our mission in supporting 4-H so that each member benefits.”

The cooperative contributed nearly $1500 to Wright County Extension and will contribute more than $18,000 to 4-H in seven Iowa counties annually.

“We believe that 4-H is one of the cornerstones in developing youth and 4-H provides an excellent foundation to build strong families. 4-H also provides a great way for young people to learn more about agriculture and its exciting future,” commented Meyer.

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.

 

Benjamin McClain Awarded Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Benjamin McClain is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

He is the son of Dennis and Donna McClain of Everly, IA. McClain will graduate from Clay Central Everly High School and plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Animal Science.

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.

Halle Jo Johnson Earns Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Halle Jo Johnson is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

She is the daughter of Mark Johnson of Leland. Johnson is a graduate of Forest City High School and attends Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Ag Business and Economics.

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.

 

Nathan Nedved Earns Ag Scholarship from MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative announced today that Nathan Nedved is a recipient of the cooperative’s $1000 Ag Scholarship.

He is the son of Lewis and Andrea Nedved of Britt. Nedved is a graduate of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School and attends Iowa State University in Ames, IA, majoring in Ag Studies.

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. Nedved is a two-time ag scholarship recipient from MaxYield 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.