February 25, 2021

Meet your director candidates: James Black

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.

James Black is an incumbent seeking reelection to the MaxYield Cooperative Board of Directors for the Central Region (between IA Hwy’s 17 & 4).

Since 1981, Jim has farmed near Algona. He and his wife Sheila have six children that are grown. He is a graduate of Algona High School and is a 1981 graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business.

In addition to growing corn and soybeans on the family farm, Black is a Sales Representative for PMC Advantage Insurance Services in Algona. He was a Kossuth County Supervisor from 1990-1997 and served in the Iowa Senate in 1997. Black is a member of the Grace Church in Algona and has been involved in various community organizations. He is a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau.

He is seeking reelection to the MaxYield Cooperative board of Directors because he feels that it is important to volunteer his time and serving on the MaxYield board is a way to give back to agriculture and the community. Black feels that MaxYield has proven to be a professional and highly respected organization and he looks forward to the opportunity to help lead the company.

There are four key areas in which MaxYield will need to continue to concentrate on, according to Black. One is growth of the cooperative and determining how and what form that might be will be important. He feels that just maintaining the status quo long-term will not be prudent.

A second area of importance is to continue updating the cooperative’s facilities to fit client/member needs and handle increased volumes. Another area of concentration will be studying what product and services we invest, expand or contract in. A fourth area of emphasis should be building relationships with surrounding cooperatives and other businesses.

He feels that the agriculture industry is changing rapidly due to advancing technology and that with changes come opportunity for both the cooperative and its members. He finds opportunities ahead both interesting and invigorating. If elected to the board, he looks forward to the challenge of providing solutions for the cooperative and its members. Black thinks that MaxYield is a great organization with strong leadership from its board and management team. He says it would be an honor to continue serve MaxYield as a director.

Black enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, and traveling.


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