March 1, 2021

From Ukraine to Iowa: MaxYield Welcomes International Trainees

MaxYield UkraineThe tender driver who came to your field or the specialist who treated your soybean seed might be more than a new face at MaxYield Cooperative. He may be one of the three trainees MaxYield is hosting this year from Ukraine.

“We’re all about people development here, and we value the opportunity to help these young men learn more about American agriculture,” said Diane Streit, MaxYield’s human resource director.

Iurii Nadtochii, Sergii Tkachu, and Mykhailo Iurkin joined the MaxYield team in March and will work for MaxYield through December of 2013. All the men are college students who are studying agriculture in Ukraine. All speak English, and some have specialized training. Sergii, for example, is a master electrician, noted Walt Reichert, MaxYield’s west area team leader.

In addition, all the men have their CDL licenses and have been handling a variety of outside operations jobs at MaxYield, from cleaning out flat storage areas and grain bins to delivering products. “We want to ensure the trainees’ stay is as enjoyable and educational as possible,” said Reichert, who noted that the trainees will work in MaxYield’s west and central regions. “Education is very important to these guys, and they don’t take it lightly.”

MaxYield goes global

MaxYield UkraineMaxYield hired the trainees after Pro Ag Resources (PAR) contacted the cooperative. PAR is a structured program that sources qualified, international trainees for cooperatives to help them meet their seasonal labor needs, Streit said.

While PAR handles the trainees’ housing and transportation, MaxYield’s team members are focused on helping them learn as much as possible about Iowa agriculture and American life. “These young men are extremely interested in not only agriculture, but the American experience,” said Reichert, who invited the trio to his home for Easter dinner. “They are very genuine and appreciative, and MaxYield wants to be a good ambassador to help them learn about our culture.”

The trainees’ student visas allow them to stay in the United States for one year, said Streit, who noted that they intend to return to Ukraine. “Once they are back home, they will be extremely marketable. Work experience in America really enhances their resume, and it’s an honor for MaxYield to be part of this.”

This opportunity creates a win-win for the trainees and MaxYield, added Keith Heim, MaxYield’s CEO. “This is yet another example of how agriculture and MaxYield operate in a global economy. I’m excited to welcome these young men to MaxYield and Iowa. They have a strong work ethic, and I’m optimistic that this will be a great learning experience for both parties.”


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