November 24, 2020

Keeping Rural Iowa Strong: MaxYield Invests in Local Communities

Whittemore Fire Department

MaxYield Cooperative sold land in Whittemore for $1 so the local volunteer fire department could build a new fire station in 2009.

While you hear a lot about value-added agriculture today, MaxYield Cooperative has always believed in adding value to our rural communities, as well.

Our leadership team allocates more than $72,000 to worthy causes each year, and every MaxYield location is given an annual donation budget. We rely on our team members to determine how this money should be distributed, since they know the needs of the local community.

“There are so many worthy causes we want to support,” said Judy Frieden, a client care team leader in West Bend, who has donated funds to the West Bend Historical Society, school functions, the local fire department, the Grotto, area beef and pork producers associations, and other organizations. “MaxYield is very generous, and I think it’s wonderful that we can help out so many worthy causes in our area.”

Money isn’t the only resource that MaxYield has been able to donate. In Whittemore, the cooperative sold land for $1 so the local volunteer fire department could build a new fire station in 2009. “The new fire station is a point of pride, and we’re glad we could keep it in the center of town,” said Eric Goodman, a former MaxYield team member who serves as Whittemore’s fire chief. “MaxYield has been gracious to us, and they are awesome in my book.”

Supporting the next generation
MaxYield is proud to fund a number of priorities each year, including five $1,000 ag scholarships for local college students, along with the $1,000 Deanna Engstrom Memorial Scholarship. In addition, MaxYield contributes more than $15,000 each year to help pay membership dues for 4-Hers in Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Hancock, Kossuth, Palo Alto, and Wright counties.

“We greatly appreciate the ongoing support we’ve received from MaxYield,” said Bonnie Dalager, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach’s Clay County program director, who noted that MaxYield’s donation of $10 per 4-H member reduces the out-of-pocket cost to area families.

“The great thing about the structure of MaxYield’s donation is that it reaches every single 4-H member,” added Dalager, who noted that Clay County boasts nearly 290 4-H members. “Whether these members are interested in horticulture, livestock, science, engineering, or the arts, all have benefited through this donation.”

Investing in the future of rural Iowa remains a priority for MaxYield, said Keith Heim, MaxYield’s CEO. “As a member-owned business and one of the largest employers in many of our local communities, we want to enhance the quality of life here and encourage the next generation of farmers and residents to live here.”

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