December 16, 2017

Meet your director candidates: David Garrelts

At MaxYield’s annual meeting, slated for December 13, 2017 at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer, IA, ballots will be counted to determine our director elections. Meeting time is at 10:00 a.m. Here is your chance to meet the candidate pursuing either election or reelection to the co-op’s board of directors.

Dave Garrelts is an incumbent seeking reelection to the MaxYield Cooperative board of Directors in the Central Region (between IA Hwy 4 and IA Hwy 17).

Dave and his wife Joanne live in Emmetsburg and farm in partnership with their son Matt, who is a fourth generation farmer southeast of Ayrshire. They have four grown children, three daughters and one son, plus three grandchildren. He has farmed in the Ayrshire area for the past 48 years. Though he is less involved with the day-to-day activities of the farm, he is still active with their row crop corn and soybean operation and he and his son also feed cattle and own a feeder-to-finish swine operation. Garrelts is a graduate of Ayrshire Consolidated High School and served for six years in the Army Reserves.

He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Palo Alto County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company and has been a member of the Ayrshire American Legion for the past 45 years. He has served two terms on the Emmetsburg School Board and has served as an Elder in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. Garrelts currently is on the MaxYield Cooperative Board of Directors and has served twice on the MaxYield nominating committee.

He is seeking reelection to the MaxYield Cooperative Board of Directors because he has always been a supporter of the local cooperative and is a member of the cooperative through the merger of Ayrshire with MaxYield. Having been a MaxYield Board of Director, he believes he has an understanding of the cooperative’s business and finance structure and can continue to provide experience to the board.  He is also seeking reelection because he enjoys seeing MaxYield benefit from the decisions the board makes and watching the cooperative continue to grow and prosper.

Garrelts feels that MaxYield has worked hard identifying changes that need to be made to supply the inputs and crop storage that clients need, in the locations they are needed.  Garrelts says the cooperative will need to explore changes in what they offer to clients in order to keep the company fresh and evolving. He also feels future emphasis will continue to be the financial health of the cooperative, which he has seen improve from when he first joined the Board of Directors. Garrelts wants to see MaxYield continue to meet the needs of clients. He feels improvements can be made through identifying significant changes that will be coming as the agricultural industry continues to progress.

Garrelts feels it’s important to do business with an organization that knows your operation. He says that MaxYield should continue to focus on building personal relationships and continue to serve the local communities. Garrelts appreciates the chance to serve on the MaxYield board and feels it has been a pleasure to be a part of the improvements and growth of MaxYield Cooperative. If elected, he will focus on fully integrating and making work smoothly into the MaxYield family the recent acquisition of locations in the west area.

 

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