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
2021 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 13,2021.

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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United Way of Mower County
$2,400 For Area Schools

Kevin Hanson and Barb Bissen present a check from NCC for $1200 and matched by Land O Lakes to United Way of Mower County who supplies food for the BackPack Program at area schools. Pictured is Barb B –NCC employee, Cori McRae-Lyle Public School Principal, Becky Morrow- LeRoy School BackPack Program, Kira Stevenson-Grand Meadow BackPack Program, Karina Mensink – United Way of Mower County and Southland School representative, and Kevin Hanson-NCC Feed Dept. Manager.

St. Ansgar
$1,400 For St. Ansgar Schools

Kevin Hanson presents a check to Jessica Jeffries at St. Ansgar School for $700 and matched by Land O Lakes for their BackPack Program.

St. Ansgar
$1,400 For Riceville Schools

Kevin Hanson presents Amy O’Donnell a check from NCC for $700.00 and matching check from Land O Lakes to Riceville School for their BackPack Program. Money raised from grilling at the tractor pulls in August.

Salvation Army Kettle
Donations For Mitchell County

Kyle Hobbs of NCC's Lumber Division stops for a photo with the Salvation Army Kettle.

Alden Conger School

Barb Bissen (L) and Brian Jacobs (second from right) present checks to Birgitt Langrud and Linnea Peterson of the Alden-Conger BackPack Program and Rita Korman of the Alden Food Shelf.

Glenville Emmons BP Program

Barb Bissen (R) presents two checks to Sheena Possin at Glenville-Emmons School. The funds will go toward supporting the district's BackPack Program.

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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.