December 1, 2020

Leading & Learning: Barry Anderson Joins MaxYield’s Board

Barry Anderson MaxYield CooperativeServing is second nature for Barry Anderson, who is excited to begin his three-year term as MaxYield Cooperative’s newest board member.

“My father, Wendell, served on many boards, including the Dickens Elevator,” said Anderson, who raises hogs, cattle, and row crops near Greenville. “He taught me that whatever I do, I should try to stay positive and help people.”

Before Anderson attended his first MaxYield board meeting in December of 2012, CEO Keith Heim provided him with a detailed review of the cooperative’s financials and updated him on the company’s current projects. “This was helpful, because the size of MaxYield’s financials is a lot larger than anything I’ve dealt with before,” said Anderson, who has served as president of the Clay County Farm Bureau and is an active member of the Clay County Pork Producers Association.

Top reasons to serve on the board Serving on the MaxYield board is worthwhile for a number of reasons, said Anderson, who worked as a loan officer and bank branch manager with Norwest Financial and later with Associates Financial before returning home to farm in 1996. He noted the following:

• It’s important to see the big picture. Anderson, who represents members in MaxYield’s West Region, enjoys learning about the cooperative’s numerous locations. “You gain a lot of knowledge about how the cooperative works and how management decisions must be made to benefit the company as a whole.”

• Networking is an asset. Anderson enjoys collaborating with other farmers at MaxYield’s board meetings, where board members’ input is valued. “We cover a lot of different areas, and no one is afraid to speak his mind.”

• Leadership roles at MaxYield help support Iowa agriculture. A 2012 recipient of the Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award, Anderson enjoys working with ag leaders and officials at the local and state levels. He’s also willing to educate the public and lawmakers about rural Iowa. “Agriculture is a huge part of life, and we need to tell the story.”

• Opportunities abound to help MaxYield thrive. There are many positive things going on at MaxYield in 2013, including construction on the new 22,000-ton fertilizer facility at Belmond, where the first fertilizer supplies will be delivered later this year. “We’re not just sitting on our laurels,” Anderson said. “We’re investing in our facilities and are evaluating ways to attract and retain top talent. We’re also assessing partnerships that MaxYield may want to form with other companies.”

• Service builds confidence. Anderson has long valued the way that cooperative members can voice their opinions and work together for the common good. He encourages others to consider running for the MaxYield board. “Serving on the board is a confidence builder. I look forward to working with other farmers and MaxYield’s team leaders as we look to the future.”

 

Editor’s note: Barry and his wife, Dana, are glad they’ve had the chance to raise their children (daughters Megan and Taylor and son Christopher) on the farm.

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