November 30, 2020

We’re Stronger Together

Keith HeimIn some ways, a cooperative is like a multi-generational farm. Long-term success takes commitment, leadership, and a vision for the future.

This type of leadership also sets your cooperative up for success. We’re stronger together, especially with MaxYield Cooperative’s owner-members who serve on the board. Several MaxYield board members are seeking reelection this year, including Don Hejlik of Britt from the east region, Jim Black of Algona from the central region, and
David Garrelts of Emmetsburg from the central region.

You are probably aware that MaxYield has chosen to have no nominating committee. In the last few years, your MaxYield board conducted a full review of the nomination and election process and made adjustments to better fit with the times. They adopted the new policy that if an incumbent wants to run for re-election, they won’t actively seek an opponent.

MaxYield’s leaders saw no merit in recruiting candidates just for the sake of running
an opponent. While we no longer form a nominating committee in that case, we do send a letter to all of MaxYield’s Class A members to notify them that they can run for the open positions. Nobody is entrenched on this board, and it’s not a closed club. We welcome new candidates to run for the board, where directors serve three-year terms.

I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Contact Chad Meyer, client relations/communications director, at 800-383-0003 ext. 216 or cmeyer@ for more details.

In addition to attending monthly board meetings, MaxYield’s directors also attend an annual board planning retreat to review MaxYield’s financials and listen to industry experts who offer insights into the future of agriculture. This two- to three-day retreat helps keep board members and MaxYield’s management on the same page as we lead MaxYield into the future.

Thanks for your support of MaxYield. I encourage you to consider running for the board, because we truly are stronger together. ■


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