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 12,2022.
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, 2022.
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, 2022.
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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.
Coops Build Communities
- NCC employes over 100 full-time and 20 seasonal employees.
- We camp, fish, hunt, hike bike, run, ride horse, garden, golf, bowl, play hokey, baseball, football, ice skate, motorcycle, snowmobile, water ski, play video games, target shoot, pedal boat, play cards, read, crochet, wood work, craft, farm, and enjoy time with our families.
- NCC serves you with over 1,200 years of experience in agriculture.
- We currently have a 48-year and a 47-year employee and 14 have over 25 years! Our average is 10.59 years per employee.
- We have six Certified Crop Advisors.
- NCC has 26 certified First Aid and CPR and AED employees. Firemen, EMT’s and one CPR instructor.
- Your Coop employes two veterans – Army and the National Guard.
- NCC volunteers for over 25 community organizations
- We are council and board members, trustees, blood donors, coaches, 4-H leaders, Scout leaders, Lions, Knights, and more.
- NCC raised over $72,000 for the BackPack Program since 2016.
- NCC has provided scholarships for over 22 years to graduating seniors pursuing a degree in agriculture
- NCC donated over $22,500 in matching grants for various community projects.
The Point Is
When you do business with your cooperative, you are supporting your communities.