Custom Applicator of the Year!

Bruce Patterson, Kellogg Location, was just announced as the Iowa Commercial Applicator of the Year, from the Agribusiness Association of Iowa . The award is given to those who’s dedication goes beyond the normal call of duty.
📷: Bruce receiving his award, an engraved shotgun.
Bruce, thank you for your excellence!





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Grain Meetings Success



 Recent Events


Iowa Ag Expo




Conservation Event

The Kickoff Meeting for

the Lower Cedar Watershed was a success!

Thanks to everyone that came out to the event!




Feed Department Event

The Show Feed Clinic in Prairie City was a success! 



Leadership Development Class of 2023

Focusing on our Core Value of Continuous Improvement, Heartland Co-op has invited Rick Kievits with the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives and James Summers with Iowa State University to work with a group of Heartland Co-op employees in a new Leadership Development Program. This Program is designed to enhance the skillsets of newly assigned managers within Heartland Co-op.

On December 8th and 9th twenty-one new operations managers joined in the first session, along with the represented Regional Managers, the HR Team, and the Executive staff. This is a 13-month commitment for the new leaders involved in the class, intending to give them the tools needed to thrive and grow in their new leadership roles.

Success in this program will not only mean more success for the managers in attendance and their team, and success to future attendees in future classes, but also success to Heartland Co-op as a whole in achieving our purpose of “Helping farmers produce and market profitably” 



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"Igniting” Knowledge with Heartland Co-op

Heartland Co-op has recently been working with a local tech school, to help them gain agricultural knowledge and implement best professional practices. 

 Justin Mills, teacher at Ignite Pathways contacted Madison Muff at the Woodbine Heartland Co-op location, Madison and Justin worked to combine efforts and teach the kids the full cycle of planting to selling their crops. Madison taught them about marketing, testing for moisture, and signing contracts.

 The kids made the decision to contract their grain but unfortunately, when they brought their crop in, they were short fulfilling the contract.  That didn’t stop them. They made a new plan to have a fundraiser at Heartland Co-op. They asked for support from the local farmers to donate crops so they could meet the contract. Their contract was not only met but was surpassed by the great generosity of the local farmers.

While the kids were at the location, they handed out lunches to the farmers and workers at the co-op.  Heartland Co-op is pleased to support a great program like this, investing in the farmers of tomorrow.



Heartland Co-op Donates Land to the City of Colo

Recently, Heartland Co-op donated a lot to the City of Colo,
so the Fire Department could expand.
Fire Chief, Dennis Clat, and City Hall Clerk, Amy Kohlwes,
realized they needed more space for their
Fire station and equipment.
They contacted Heartland Co-op about the empty lot that is next to the Fire Station, as it seemed like the obvious choice and Heartland was always good to work with in the past.
The decision was brought before the Board of Directors,
and approved, because Heartland Co-op likes to
give back to the communities, we are in.
Dennis Clat hopes this is the first big step in building on to the
much-needed Fire Station.
In Pictures:
Fire Chief: Dennis Clatt, City Clerk: Amy Kohles,
Heartland Co-op Location Manager: Brian Schmitt, Agronomist: Eric Phipps
Drone picture shows the Fire Station, the lot donated and Heartland Co-op across the street.



 Board of Directors Election Results

The Board of Directors Election has concluded, and the results are below.

Thank you to all the candidates for running.


District D

Matt Dillman

District F

Mark Vogel

District H

Beau Dawes




Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards recognize the exemplary, voluntary actions of farmers that improve or protect the environment and our state's natural resources. The awaerds are presented by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of Agriculture and the Department of Natural Resources Director.

Heartland Co-op Conservation Team Nominated several families that were awarded.

Flinn Farms-Vernon and Kelly Flinn

Doug and Eileen Honeck

Dennis and Jeanette Kenealy

Jordans Grove Farms- Jim and Brian Lensh

Stephen and Janice Lovig

Luellen Farms- Clint and Tim Luellen

Meythaler Farms Inc.- Joe and Mitch Meythaler

Michael Vonnahme

Congratulations to all!




 2022 Board Tour


On July 27, the Board and Executive Staff toured Fairfield, Conroy, and Muscatine Locations.


Media Event at Maffitt Dam kicked off successful launch of the

Cover Crop Seeder Partnership!

>The project is an example of collaboration with a goal to increase the number of cover crop acres in the Des Moines River and Raccoon River watersheds.
>Partners include: Iowa Department of Agriculture, Polk County City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works, and Heartland Co-op
 There is a broadcast of Market to Market about this Conservation effort, also featuring an interview with Heartland Co-op's Ruth McCabe. Found here



Construction is Underway

on the Concrete Grain Storage at Pickering








Welcome Interns!


The Agronomy Team is up and running, at the Woodward Location. Contact the Agronomist at the location to fill your farming needs.


Wallace Farmer discusses water flow and conservation efforts, featuring Heartland Co-op's Ruth McCabe.  

Reach out to the Conservation Team to maximize your field or

check out their future events this summer!



Heartland Co-op is proud to present our

Agriculture Scholarship Award Recipients for 2022-23

Congratulations Future Leaders!


We are excited to share Heartland Co-op made the CropLife Magazine 
"Top 10 in Grain Revenue among Ag Retailers" list!
Read more in the article from CropLife in the link below. 



Heartland Co-op has career opportunities open in several departments.

Check them all out on our website and apply today!




_Secretary Naig Recognizes Conservation Leaders at Agribusiness Showcase

        "DES MOINES, Iowa—Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced two leaders in conservation awards during the Iowa Agribusiness Showcase and Conference today. Hands On Excavating and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Ruth McCabe, conservation agronomist with Heartland Coop, were recognized with the Secretary’s Iowa Ag Leader Award for Conservation. The Secretary’s Iowa Ag Leader Awards are presented to people and organizations that make exceptional contributions to the state’s agriculture community." -KWBG

 To read more click here





Heartland Co-op Conservation Director, Thomas Fawcett

Highlights Conservation Partnership


The Heartland Co-op Conservation team once again is making headlines in soil conservation efforts, Thomas Fawcett, taking the lead on this one with a great partnership.

 Read more here  



Ruth McCabe Nuffield International Scholar 


Ruth McCabe selected as 2022 Nuffield International Scholar

To read more about Ruth and this award click here

Check out her video about Conservation efforts at Heartland Co-op 



Retirement of Marc Melhus

To read more about this click here.





EVP of Operations Announced

Read full anouncement here





The Conservation Team was recently featured on "The Big Show"

See the photos and listen to the podcast here.

The conservation team has been working hard on making a difference.

Check out some of their videos here.


Corn field with Heartland Logo




EVP of Grain and Risk Management Announced 

Learn more about Tim Cassidy


Cargill Announcement

Learn more here





Apply Today, Deadline March 4, 2022 

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Heartland Co-op Board Tours Re-Build Progress

The Heartland Cooperative board vistited the Malcom, Elberon, and Pickering, facilities last week.

These locations were heavily impacted by the 2020 Derecho and are nearing re-build completion.  Each facility is not just being repaired but re-built bigger and faster then they were before the storm.





Chris Behrens announced as the new EVP of Sales & Marketing

Read full announcement: HERE


  Iowa Project AWARE 

Read the full article to learn about the clean up project: HERE



Alliance Goes Statewide to Improve Resource, Conservation Management

Read the full article: HERE

View the ACWA Board Members HERE



Manage Your Farm Intentionally

Read full article and learn about the workshops to be held HERE

Register HERE to learn why responsible landownership is so important.



 Ruth McCabe, was featured in Successful Farming for her efforts at Heartland Co-op 

Read her piece: HERE



Spotlight on a Heartland Co-op employee: Krista Meyer, District 6 Director for IPGA

Read full profile: HERE



 NCFC Names Tom Hauschel, 2020 Robert B. Engel Farmer Cooperative Manager of the Year

Read the full article: HERE

Watch clip of award presentation: HERE



Spotlight on Heartland Co-op's Conservation Efforts

Read the full article: HERE




John Finneseth, one of Heartland Co-op's Agronomists, named in "The Scoop"'s 40 Under 40 as a leader in Ag retail

John's Bio: HERE

Full December 2020 issue of "The Scoop": HERE

December 2020


Heartland Co-op and Dave Coppess, VP of Agronomy for Heartland, received awards for their outstanding leadership in improving conservation and water quality in Iowa

Read the press release: HERE

 November 2020


Naig: ‘Farmers and Landowners Who Seed Fall Cover Crops Can Apply for Crop Insurance Discounts’

Participating farmers qualify for a $5 per acre discount on crop insurance

Read the press release: HERE

Submitt applications: HERE

 November 2020


ACWA Code of Practice

Read the press release: HERE

Nitrogen Fertilization Application Guideline

October 2020



WHO the Big Show, Radio Show – Clean water in Iowa series

Pictured above from left to right: Tom Hauschel (CEO Heartland Co-op), Roger Wolf (Iowa Soybean Association), Dave Coppess (EVP of Sales and Marketing at Heartland Co-op), Jason Weller (Vice President at Truterra LLC), Mike Naig (Iowa Secretary of Agriculture)

Heartland Co-op sponsored a visit from the Clean Water in Iowa Starts Here campaign on October 6th at Fred Martens' farm in Winterset, IA.

The event was broadcast on Newsradio 1040 WHO on the WHO Big Show as a way to showcase Iowa’s leadership in the effort to improve water quality in the Mississippi and Missouri River Watersheds.

Heartland is a proud partner in the “Clean Water in Iowa Starts Here” campaign. Click the link above to learn more. 


Click below to listen to the podcast episodes






AG Retailer Group Continue's Commitment Toward Clean Water

Read press release: HERE



Derecho Storm - Heartland Co-op Update

9/9 update: HERE

8/10 update:  HERE



Heartland Co-op CEO meets with Sonny Perdue

On September 3rd, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, traveled to Iowa to see firsthand the damage caused by the hurricane-like derecho last month and the ongoing severe drought. Afterwards, Tom Hauschel, spoke with Sonny on the impact this event has had on Iowa Co-op's.  



Naig: USDA Secretarial Derecho Disaster Declaration Helps Farmers on the Road to Recovery

Read more: HERE



Governor Reynolds, Secretary Naig, Iowa Beef Producers Launch “Beef Up Iowa” to Help Feed Iowans

 Read more: HERE




Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Launches Resource Coordination Center to Assist Livestock Producers

Read more information about (IRCC) HERE

IRCC Help Form



Governor Reynolds, Secretary Naig, Iowa Pork Producers Association Launch “Pass the Pork” Program to Help Feed Iowans 

  Read more: HERE




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