Grain Marketing Solutions Team
MEET YOUR GRAIN MARKETING EXPERTS
Grain Solutions & Origination Team Leader
As the Grain Solutions and Origination Team Leader, Mick seeks to inform team members and clients of what is going on in the grain markets, and inform them of the potential risks. It’s also important for the team and clients to know the variety products MaxYield has to offer and how they work. Many producers say, “tell me when the high is in and I’ll sell then.” Unfortunately no one knows when that day is. But working together, Mick knows our grain team and our clients can look at their positions and see what tools fit their operation and when it makes sense to utilize them. Mick says, “It’s a great feeling when I lock the door at night feeling like I’ve done everything I can to reassure our farmers why they do business with MaxYield.”
Mick attended the West Bend-Mallard Community School. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Buena Vista University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and fishing with his family as well as playing baseball and basketball. Mick has been a MaxYield team member since 2001.
Transportation and Logistics Team Leader/Grain Solutions Team
A passion for family, agriculture and rural life are what drive this Perry, KS native. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Feed Science and Management, Cassie worked as a Feed Mill Manager Trainee at Murphy-Brown LLC at Hobarton.
She started her career at MaxYield as Client Care Leader, quickly transitioning to a member of our Grain Solutions Team and working with clients in our central area. In 2020 Cassie accepted the Transportation and Logistics Team Leader position, working with our transportation team and outside contractors to deliver solutions across our trade area.
Family is very important to Cassie and she appreciates the family atmosphere at MaxYield. “Agriculture is like one big family, and I enjoy working with area farmers on their grain marketing needs,” she says.
Cassie and her family enjoy gardening and restoring antique Case tractors. Her first project was helping her grandfather on a 1951 “D ” Case.
Whittemore Area Grain Solutions Specialist
Mel grew up in Sioux Rapids in a family of six children and moved away from home the day after she graduated from high school so she could work and begin her college career. After earning her administrative assistant degree from Iowa Lakes Community College in 2009, Elbert worked in the automotive industry before joining the team at MaxYield.
A Swiss army knife for the cooperative, Mel is both the Client Care Leader and Grain Solutions Specialist at MaxYield's Whittemore location. She enjoys building and maintaining relationships with clients and helping to provide them with grain marketing solutions, but if you show up on the right day she might even treat you to an ice cream sandwich, too!
Mel and her husband Matt reside on a family farm outside of Whittemore, raising corn, soybeans, livestock, and their two children. She also enjoyed gardening and trying out new recipes in her kitchen.
Dickens Area Grain Solutions Specialist
For over 20 years, Tracy has provided answers and solutions to area farmers. She began her career at our Dickens office, and over the years has relished the opportunity to build relationships with our clients.
Her focus is finding solutions for clients grain marketing and delivery needs in the Dickens and surrounding area. Tracy loves the fact that clients and members in that area look after each other and in many cases, she says it feels like working with extended family.
Tracy graduated from Terril High School and continues to give back to communities in her area. She volunteers for many school and community related activities and serves on the Ruthven-Ayrshire school board. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and her family.
West Area Grain Solutions Specialist
Whether it’s 4-H, growing up on the farm or working in the industry since she graduated from college, it’s easy to see where Kristi’s passion for agriculture was established.
As a member of the grain team, she enjoys working with clients to find the right grain marketing solutions that benefit their farm. Though she offices out of the Gruver and Everly locations, Kristi works with clients across MaxYield’s western area, including the Superior, Milford, Greenville, Langdon and Spencer areas.
Kristi is a graduate of Armstrong-Ringsted High School and received her degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. She has a well-rounded background in the ag industry, she purchased animals for a cattle processing facility for five years before working in the grain industry the last six years for Cargill, CHS, The Andersons and now MaxYield Cooperative.
She enjoys gardening, fishing and spending time with family and friends.
East Area Grain Solutions Specialist
Agriculture was not the first career path this Thompson-Iowa native had in mind. Jodi grew up with a farm background but initially found herself working in early childhood development with Head Start programs. It wasn’t long, however, before she found her way back to the ag. Prior to joining the MaxYield team in 2020, Jodi spent 19 years working in grain and client accounts at another north Iowa cooperative.
Jodi’s focus is helping MaxYield clients in our east area find grain marketing solutions to fit their needs, primarily working out of the Britt and Garner locations. The variety of solutions MaxYield offers is something that excites Jodi, and she enjoys helping clients find solutions that match their goals for their farming operations.
She and her husband reside on a farm near Leland- they have two grown children. She enjoys camping and spending time with family and friends.
Hawkeye Pride Grain Solutions Specialist
Every day at MaxYield is different, especially with the grain markets. One thing that Adam really enjoys is client interaction. Getting to know their individual operations and helping meet each individual client’s needs. His primary focus is grain origination for Hawkeye Pride near Corwith, a three million laying hen operation.
In his spare time, Adam collects and builds model farm toys. He also custom feeds 1000 head of hogs each year for a local farm family and raises corn and soybeans with his parents near Meservey. Adam graduated from SCMT High School and received a Bachelor’s degree in Ag Studies with a minor in Ag Systems Technology from Iowa State University. He’s spent his professional career working at cooperatives and has been a MaxYield team member since 2005.