Board of Directors

Meet Your Board of Directors

Howard Haas hi res 2019




Represents the Central Area (Between Hwy 4 and Hwy 169 south of Algona & County Road P66 north of Wesley)

Howard and his wife Sue live in Algona and have three children. A graduate of Algona High School, he has farmed for 30 years west of Algona. His farming operation consists of corn and soybean row crop rotation. He has also grown seed corn for Pioneer in Algona.

“I began serving cooperative’s in 1992 when I joined the Whittemore Cooperative Elevator board, before serving on the MaxYield board in 1997. Later I became MaxYield’s board president and the whole experience has been rewarding,” Howard says. “As a farmer-owner, I have a direct voice in the future of this company.”

Howard thinks that the cooperative ensures that the farmer’s voice is heard. “If the whole agriculture system relied on private investor owned suppliers, I am not sure the response time to farmer’s needs would be as fast.”

He feels that MaxYield Cooperative gives producers a voice in how business is done and how management of the cooperative is executed. This is for the benefit of the farmer and the organization itself.

Howard has been involved with the Iowa Corn Growers Association and has served as President of the Kossuth County Corn Growers. Howard enjoys spending his free time with his family.

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David Garrelts

Vice Chairman


Represents the Central Area (Between Hwy 4 and Hwy 169 south of Algona & County Road P66 north of Wesley)

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. He has farmed in the Ayrshire area for the past 40 years, corn and soybeans. Garrelts and his son also feed cattle and own a feeder-to-finish swine operation. He is a graduate of Ayrshire Consolidated High School and served for six years in the Army Reserves.

A longtime supporter of the cooperative, he also currently services 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 38 years. He enjoys his family, and has a passion for trains, railroading and American history.

“I feel it’s important to do business with someone that knows your operation. I am proud that MaxYield focuses on building personal relationships with our clients and that we serve our local communities.” He also says that MaxYield has worked hard identifying changes that need to be made to supply the inputs and crop storage that clients need.

CELL: 712-260-2408

Eric Marchand



Represents the East Area (east of Hwy 169 south of Algona & east of County Road P66 north of Wesley)

Eric and his wife Christy live and farm southeast of Britt, with their three children. Eric is a graduate of West Hancock High School in Britt and obtained his Ag Management and Ag Business degrees from North Iowa Area Community College. He has farmed row crop corn and soybeans for about 15 years.

“I want to help this cooperative stay successful. MaxYield helps my operation and my neighbors with knowledge and increased profitability. The co-op and farming are s a large part of the local economy, which will keep our area strong for my family and future generations,” he says.

Eric sees MaxYield providing leading edge services through crop nutrient placement and stabilization along with seed hybrid placement and grain marketing opportunities. “MaxYield is always striving to find opportunities for its members and clients.”

Eric is also the Secretary of the Britt Fire Department and Treasurer of the Hancock County Ag Museum.

Eric enjoys hunting, target shooting, collecting farm toys and spending time with his family.

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Barry Anderson



Represents the West Area (west of Hwy 4)

Barry and his wife Dana have three children and have farmed northwest of Gillette Grove since 1996. Barry is a graduate of Buena Vista University, earning his double major in agri-business and history. Before returning to the family farm, he worked in Tennessee for Norwest Financial and later at Associates Financial as a loan officer.

He sought election to the board in 2012 because he has always had an interest in serving and finds the challenge of leading the cooperative intriguing. “My father Wendell served the Dickens cooperative board for many years and I want to do what I can to see MaxYield stay successful,” he says.

Barry feels it’s important to have a cooperative presence in ag. “I think that it is important for farmers to have a voice in how local ag business conducted,” he continued.

He has served on state and county levels of Farm Bureau and served on the South Clay school board for 13 years. He is a past Clay County Pork Producers president.

Barry enjoys sports and spending time with family and attending his kids’ activities.

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James Black



Represents the Central Area (Between Hwy 4 and Hwy 169 south of Algona & County Road P66 north of Wesley)

Since 1981, Jim has farmed near Algona. He and his wife Sheila have three children that are attending college and three 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 Pro Advantage Insurance Services in Algona. He is a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Algona Rotary.

“Volunteer my time and serving on the MaxYield board is a way for me to give back to agriculture and the community,” says Jim. “MaxYield has proven to be a professional and highly respected organization and I look forward to the opportunity to help lead the company.

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

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Greg Guenther



Represents the Central Area (Between Hwy 4 and Hwy 169 south of Algona & County Road P66 north of Wesley)

Greg Guenther is a graduate of Corwith/Wesley/LuVerne High School and a 1992 graduate of Iowa State University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Agribusiness Management. He received his Master’s Degree in Agriculture through their Distance Education program in 2008.

Greg and his wife Janelle live in Algona and have raised corn and soybeans west of Corwith, near the St. Benedict area, since 2012. They have three daughters.

He has worked for over 25 years in the seed industry and also currently serves as a board member for the Iowa State Northern Research and Demonstration Farm in Kanawha, IA.

Greg says he is excited to seek election to the board of directors at MaxYield, noting that he looks forward to serving the co-op. “I’m grateful to be in a position to volunteer my time and take on additional leadership opportunities,” he added.

“I feel I can provide new ideas to the cooperative, leveraging my years of experience in the seed industry in the areas of sales, people management, and budgeting. I see MaxYield as more than just the local cooperative.”

Greg enjoys spending time with his family and serving his community. He is a member of the Algona United Methodist Church, where he has served on the finance committee. Presently, he sits on the SPRC Council at the church and has assisted with several service projects. He is also a former 4-H leader.

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Don Hejlik



Represents the East Area (east of Hwy 169 sounth of Algona & east of County Road P66 north of Wesley)

A 1986 graduate of Britt High School, Don has farmed in the Britt area for 18 years. The family farm produces corn, soybeans plus feedlot cattle and a contract swine finishing operation. He and his wife Sarah stay busy with activities for their four children.

Don earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems in 1990, before working as a computer software programmer in the insurance industry for three years.

“I ran for the MaxYield board because I was interested in how the cooperative was run. I also want to be part of the decision making process as today’s choices impact the future,” he says.

“This company has not been afraid to try new things. Agriculture is a capital intensive business and that will be one of the challenges for our clients and this cooperative.”

Don also serves his community as treasurer for the Duncan Community Hall board of directors, is assistant Boy Scout leader and is a past Hancock County Fair board member.

He counts his hobbies as spending time with family, scouting, camping, and canoeing. He also enjoys a good card game.

CELL: 641-860-0324 | EMAIL:

Ron Rouse



Represents the West Area (west of Hwy 4)

Ron and his wife Sue live and farm in the Curlew/Ayrshire area. They have three children. Ron is a graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, completing the Ranch Management Program before returning home to farm in 1981. His farming operation consists of corn and soybean row crop along with a beef cattle feed yard and a cow-calf herd.

“I enjoy the challenge of leading MaxYield Cooperative. Right now is a capital intensive period of high input prices and high grain prices. Moving forward, it will take constant focus on improvements to the company and our financial position.”

Leading edge services like SciMax Solutions have been beneficial to my farm, he says. I would like see even more advancements to help farmers get more out of every acre.

He is a member of the Iowa Corn and Soybean Associations and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. Ron is also a member and past Board President of the Palo Alto County Cattleman.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

CELL: 712-298-0477 |

Don Salton



Represents the West Area (west of Hwy 4)

Don and his wife, Diane, have three children and farm in the rural Dickens area. Don farms with his brother, Curt, raising corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. They also operate a cow-calf herd and Don has been farming since 1988.

He sought election to the Board because he wants to be the voice of the membership for the western part of the territory and to represent the members’ interest in the cooperative in that area.

“I also look forward to acquiring a deeper understanding of how the co-op works and want to make sure that MaxYield is competitive and engaged with clients and members in his area,” he says.

He feels that MaxYield has performed well, noting that he appreciates the co-op helping pay 4-H dues in the trade area. “I think that the cooperative has really good team members serving in my area. I’m a member of SciMax Solutions and I have realized plenty of value from this service on my farm.”

Don is a member of the Clay County Cattleman’s, previously serving as treasurer for the organization. In his free time he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

CELL: 712-260-9002 | EMAIL:

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