Concern For Community
At Northern Country Cooperative, we value our commitment to community. That’s why we strive to engage, equip, and enhance the communities we call home, right here in North Iowa and Southern Minnesota.
Iowa Institute For Cooperatives
2022 Intern Scholarship
The Iowa Institute for Cooperatives will be awarding at least 8 – $2000 scholarships this summer. The awards will be given to students who have had an internship or work experience program at a cooperative who is a member of the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives, like Northern Country Coop. Applications due at the ICC Office August 12,2023.
Northern Country Cooperative
Northern Country Cooperative will award five $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors whose parents/guardians are Northern Country Cooperative members. Applicants for the scholarships must be planning to attend an accredited college and be enrolled in an Agriculture or Ag-related program of study. Applications due March 1, 2023.
Iowa Corn Growers Association
Eighteen total scholarships will be awarded to deserving, qualified students enrolled in a program of study that can equip the student to contribute to the agriculture industry in Iowa. Applicant must be an Iowa Corn Growers Association member or son/daughter of an ICGA member. Scholarships are for one year and previous winners may reapply. Applications due January 31, 2023.
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Economics instructor Nick McGrath and students from Pacelli High School in Austin, MN toured NCC’s location in Adams, MN. Area Operations Manager Ryan Mullenbach and Grain Merchandiser Cheyenne Dunham facilitated the tour and discussion. McGrath explained that in his classroom they were discussing commodities and subsidies towards agriculture and he mentioned a grain elevator. Many of the students, high school seniors, were unfamiliar with the idea of a grain elevator, let alone the different economic factors associated with agriculture. He was pleased that the students saw firsthand the way that economics and agriculture intersect in their own backyard.
St. Ansgar Elementary School third grade students visited different businesses as part of ‘career day’. Two groups of students toured Northern Country Coop’s Elevator and Lumber Yard. Agronomist Chad Steinkamp showed students a presentation containing many aspects of NCC: who we are and what we do in the different departments of agronomy, feed, and grain. Then Steinkamp took students outdoors to view a 90’ boom NCC sprayer that is used for applying chemicals to farmers’ fields. At the Lumber Yard, Kyle Hobbs showed an array of products used in construction such as nails, screws, lumber (2 x 4’s, 2 x 6’s), hangers, siding, plywood, and more. Hobbs explained that increased shipping costs, supply and demand, and world events are all factors that drive up the price of lumber. Lumber Yard manager, Gene Wagner showed how to design a blueprint on a computer and the 3-D drawings that are produced from those blueprints. Wagner also answered several questions from the inquisitive students.
School Children Benefit from Northern Country Cooperative Donations
Northern Country Coop, in partnership with Nutra Blend, CoBank, and Land O’ Lakes, are excited to donate $7,000 this year toward the Backpack Programs of schools in NCC’s trade area. Each school pictured above received a $1,000 donation. In addition to those monies, a $3,000 donation (not pictured) was given to United Way of Mower County from Nutra Blend for the Backpack Programs of Southland, Grand Meadow, LeRoy, and Lyle schools.
These donations came about through the combined effort of NCC employees, customers, and co-op organizations. Employees held a food stand at two tractor pulls this summer where they grilled and served ribeye steaks, pork loins, and walking tacos.
Also, an October drive thru pork loin sandwich lunch was held during the busy harvest season in Adams, MN and Stacyville, IA. A total of 14 loins, approximately 70 pounds, totaling 179 sandwiches were served.
NCC appreciates all the people and organizations involved in making the program a success. Nutra Blend’s Drive To Feed Kids is geared for local food assistance programs such as the BP Program. CoBank’s Sharing Success is a matching funds charitable contribution program. Land O’ Lakes matches NCC’s donation through its member coop match program. NCC has been donating to the Backpack Program since 2016.
NCC is located in the Minnesota communities of Adams, Alden, Blooming Prairie, Brownsdale, Conger, Emmons, Lansing, LeRoy, Lyle, Oakland, Rose Creek and in Iowa, Stacyville and Toeterville. For more on Northern Country Coop’s community giving go to www.ncountrycoop.com and view Community.
Northern Country Coop Contributes to Stacyville’s Splash Pad Project
Northern Country Coop is pleased to donate towards fundraising efforts for the construction of a splash pad at the City Park located in Stacyville, IA. NCC’s area manager, Brian Wagner, presented checks totaling $2,000. This was made possible through the cooperative efforts of Northern Country Cooperative’s $1,000 donation and the Land O’ Lakes Foundation Member Co-Op Match Program’s $1,000 matching donation.
The project’s $170,000 price tag includes excavation, features and installation, electric and plumbing, concrete, site restoration and landscaping. The Stacyville City Council approved the project and is funding the cost of the infrastructure neeeded to connect the splash pad to the city water source.
Splash Pad committee member Karen Brumm stated, “The new splash pad will enhance the existing playground amenities and attract community familes as well as families from around the area.”
NCC is also accepting grain donations which will go towards the benefit of the splash pad project. For more information about donating bushels of grain, phone 641-710-2348.