AG Retailer Group Continues Commitment Toward Clean Water

AG RETAILER GROUP CONTINUES COMMITMENT TOWARD CLEAN WATER

Ankeny, Iowa — Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA) members have reaffirmed their agreement to protect Iowa’s water resources.

The group of 11 ag retailers recently agreed to the voluntary Code of Practice for Nitrogen Fertilization, which the group has committed to annually for the last 21 years. The Code of Practice stipulates that fall applications of anhydrous fertilizer without a nitrification inhibitor be delayed until soil temperatures are 50 degrees Fahrenheit and trending lower.

“Since 1999, this group of ag retailers has come together in support for cleaner water,” said Brent Low, ACWA president and Ag Partners agronomy vice president. “The board reviews and affirms the elements within the Code of Practice annually, which covers 20 counties of our members’ trade area.”

Although ACWA members are in direct competition, they have been united in the goal of improving and protecting water quality in the Des Moines and Raccoon River watersheds long before the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy was established. Committing to this Code of Practice is a condition of being an ACWA member and it has become an annual custom.

Every autumn is different and soil temperatures can vary across the watershed geography. Usually soil temperatures turn cooler first in north and west-central Iowa compared to south and central Iowa. Historically, soil temperatures in this 20-county region are at or below 50 degrees and trending cooler in late October. Reporting from ACWA members validates conformance with the Code of Practice agreement. For example, member-reported application starting dates from the last five years were: Oct. 21, 2019; Oct. 22, 2018; Oct. 25, 2017; Oct. 22, 2016 and Oct. 23, 2015.

Soil temperature is one of the important conditions to consider for nitrogen management. Colder soils hinder the conversion of ammonium nitrogen (NH4+) to nitrate (NO3). According to an article by John Sawyer, agronomy professor at Iowa State University (ISU), “ammonium is not leached or lost by denitrification (conversion to nitrogen gas). Therefore, it will stay in soil even if the soil becomes excessively wet. …Nitrate is leachable and subject to denitrification.”

ACWA members use a website managed by ISU as a decision tool for beginning fall fertilizer applications. The website shows the three-day, 4-inch depth soil temperature estimates for every Iowa county:  http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/NPKnowledge/.

While soil temperature is one aspect of the Code of Practice, ACWA members also support farmer adoption of strategies to minimize loss of nitrogen to water sources. These can include the use of nitrogen stabilizers as well as conservation practices such as cover crops and no-till and incorporating edge-of-field practices including stream oxbow restorations, bioreactors, saturated buffers, and constructed wetlands. These practices can work together to treat nutrients lost from farm fields and improve water quality.

The historical focus of ACWA began with a concern for downstream water quality within the Des Moines and Raccoon River watersheds. In 2000, the organization began stream water monitoring in these two watersheds to address downstream nitrate levels in the rivers that supply drinking water to Des Moines.

“ACWA members know water quality is just as important as proper nutrient management,” said Roger Wolf, ACWA executive director. “Continuing with water monitoring can help assess progress and target areas to have a greater impact toward water quality improvement. Stream water monitoring and the Code of Practice agreement go hand-in-hand to address and improve water quality in Iowa and further downstream.”

For more information, visit the ACWA website: www.acwa-rrws.org.

NEW Cooperative breaks ground on Port of Blencoe

Gateway to the World Market

Fort Dodge, Iowa – On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, NEW Cooperative held a ground breaking ceremony for the Port of Blencoe along the Missouri River. Due to rainy conditions the ceremony was moved from the site of the new port to the shop at the nearby Blencoe location. The shipping and receiving port will be located 2.5 miles west of the Blencoe exit 105 on Interstate 29.

Once completed next summer, this 38-acre site will be the most northern active port on the Missouri River. The Port of Blencoe is expected to annually accommodate 240,000 tons of soybeans, corn, dried distillers grains (DDGS), dry fertilizers and ag lime and will have the capacity to unload, clean, and reload up to nine barges at a time.

“Through NEW Cooperative, the new port will allow western Iowa farmers direct access to world export and import markets,” Dan Dix, NEW Cooperative general manager said. Iowa farmers need every advantage they can get. Years of low commodity prices, droughts, tariffs, and most recently the derecho have devastated Iowa producers. This project is designed to bring some much-needed help to an industry so vital to us all.”

Special guest speakers at the ground breaking ceremony included; Mike Steenhoek, Executive Director from Soy Transportation Coalition, Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Tammy Bramley, Monona County Board of Supervisors, and Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said NEW Cooperative is more than just a partner in the field. “With the addition of this port here on the Missouri River, as an innovator in moving grain to international markets, you’ll be instrumental in opening up an untapped world of opportunities for business and industries in this region,” Reynolds said.

Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition, also spoke. Steenhoek said, “In my role with the Soy Transportation Coalition, it is our aspiration to decrease the number of logistical steps between a farmer growing soybeans and an international customer. This an opportunity to decrease the number of those logistical steps will translate into farmers receiving a greater economic value for the soybeans they produce. As a farmer-owned and led company, NEW Cooperative’s investment in a new supply chain option shortens the distance between the farmer and the overseas customer.

The Port of Blencoe has the capacity to attract, develop, and retain business activity that brings a flow of revenue into Monona County that in turn generates income and other jobs through an economic multiplier effect.

Dix said NEW Cooperative’s goal is to load barges late this fall and start upstream deliveries in the spring 2021. Upstream shipments of fertilizers, aggregates, and other commodities will arrive into the site to be stored and marketed through wholesale partners as well as NEW’s customers.

“I believe this Port has the potential to grow into a sizeable engine of economic growth for area industries and their surrounding communities. The over the fence opportunities on this 38 acre site offers are endless.” said Dix.

 

About NEW Cooperative, Inc.

NEW Cooperative, Inc is a farmer-owned grain, agronomy, energy, and feed cooperative with 40 locations throughout western and northwest region of Iowa. In addition to their continually strong grain services, NEW Cooperative operates 6 feed mills and offers fertilizer and seed resources through a professional staff and quality facilities.   Further agronomic opportunities in soil mapping, site-specific field management and precision technology services are offered through their Precision Ag department. The service and solutions found at NEW Cooperative demonstrate that they continue to be an innovative and efficient provider for today’s agriculture producer.

Cooper Location Site of New Grain Facility and Feed Mill

Construction to start immediately

Fort Dodge, IA– The Board of Directors and Management of NEW Cooperative, Inc., are pleased to announce the construction of a new grain facility along with a new pelleting feed mill at NEW Cooperative’s Cooper, Iowa location.

The construction of grain facility and feed mill will begin immediately. Total location grain storage will be 3 million bushels. The new feed mill will have a total production capacity of 500,000 tons of pelleted feed.

The feed mill and grain facility will be built next to the current Cooper Agronomy location on Highway 4. The Cooper location was chosen as the site for the new grain facility and feed mill due great customer support along with the access to utilities, availability of land, and the existing agronomy assets at the facility.

Mark Walter, NEW Cooperative Grain Manager said, “The project makes sense in this area, as it will create a new market for our members’ grain, as well as provide a way to better serve area livestock producers.”

NEW Cooperative expects the grain facility to be ready to receive grain in the fall of 2021 with the feed mill to be completed shortly thereafter.

The grain facility and feed mill is expected to add up to sixteen new employees.

NEW Cooperative, Inc is a farmer-owned grain, agronomy, energy, and feed cooperative with 39 locations throughout western and northwest region of Iowa. In addition to their continually strong grain services, NEW Cooperative operates 6 feed mills and offers fertilizer and seed resources through a professional staff and quality facilities.   Further agronomic opportunities in soil mapping, site-specific field management and precision technology services are offered through their Precision Ag department. The service and solutions found at NEW Cooperative demonstrate that they continue to be an innovative and efficient provider for today’s agriculture producer.

 

Rendering of Cooper Grain Elevator and Feed Mill.

 

 

NEW Cooperative to build a port on the Missouri River

Construction to begin August 2020

Fort Dodge, IA – The Board of Directors and Management of NEW Cooperative, Inc., are pleased to announce the construction of new port on the Missouri River. The shipping and receiving port will be located 2.5 west of the Blencoe exit 105 on Interstate 29.

The Port project builds on NEW’s strength and geographic coverage, giving us the ability to create yet another new market for our members.  This 38-acre site will be accessible by a hard service road from Interstate 29, making this facility the largest and most northern port on the Missouri.  When completed, the port will have the capacity to load and unload up to six barges at a time.  The port will give us direct access to the export market and provide a fourth outlet for our customer’s grain.  In addition, fertilizers, aggregates, and other commodities will be shipped into the site to be stored and marketed through wholesale partners as well as to NEW’s customer base, further expanding our fertilizer storage capacities in our western region. With the increase in rail rates over the last several years, having this option to bring fertilizer into NEW, and export grain out, will make the Port of Blencoe a valuable asset for years to come.

“We hope this will bring the world to western Iowa,” stated, Dan Dix, NEW Cooperative General Manager.

The new port is expected to be operational in late fall of 2020.

 

 

NEW Cooperative, Inc is a farmer-owned grain, agronomy, energy, and feed cooperative with 39 locations throughout western and northwest region of Iowa. In addition to their continually strong grain services, NEW Cooperative also offers feed, fertilizer and seed resources through a professional staff and quality facilities.   Further agronomic opportunities in soil mapping, site-specific field management and precision technology services are offered through their Precision Ag department. The service and solutions found at NEW Cooperative demonstrate that they continue to be an innovative and efficient provider for today’s agriculture producer.

Major Grain Expansion at Bode Location

Construction Expected to Begin Spring 2020

 

Fort Dodge, IA – The Board of Directors and Management of NEW Cooperative are pleased to announce the expansion of our Bode Location. The major expansion will include a new 750,000 – bushel grain storage and a new scale over the receiving pit, which will allow 20,000 bushel per hour in receiving.

This addition will certainly be a dramatic improvement for producers delivering into the Bode Location. This project will allow farmers coming from the south to continue to weigh and dump grain south of the tracks. Those coming from the north will scale and dump on the north side of the tracks. This expansion will allow Bode to handle grain more efficiently and get our farmers back to the field faster.

 

NEW Cooperative, Inc is a farmer-owned grain, agronomy, energy, and feed cooperative with 39 locations throughout western and northwest region of Iowa. In addition to their continually strong grain services, NEW Cooperative also offers feed, fertilizer and seed resources through a professional staff and quality facilities.   Further agronomic opportunities in soil mapping, site-specific field management and precision technology services are offered through their Precision Ag department. The service and solutions found at NEW Cooperative demonstrate that they continue to be an innovative and efficient provider for today’s agriculture producer.

NEW Cooperative Donates Pork Loins

To local food pantries for families in need

 

May 4, 2020 – NEW Cooperative in partnership with the Land O’ Lakes Foundation, recently donated 3,000 pork loins to 23 local food pantries in their trade territory.

“With the coronavirus epidemic putting greater demands on food pantries and NEW as an agricultural cooperative where food is our business, we felt it is important to donate to help those families in need during this unprecedented time.” said Gary Moritz, Communications/Foundation Manager.

NEW Cooperative purchased the pork loins from the Prestage Farms plant in Eagle Grove and with the help from Decker Trucking out of Fort Dodge, we were able to get the pork loins to a central location for distribution. The pork loins were delivered to 23 food pantries throughout the area.

 

 

About NEW Cooperative, Inc. & the NEW Cooperative Foundation

NEW Cooperative, Inc. is a farmer-owned grain, agronomy, energy and feed cooperative headquartered in Fort Dodge, Iowa. As a leading agriculture retailer, NEW Cooperative is focused on being an innovative and efficient provider of today’s agriculture markets and services to over 5,000 members throughout their 39 locations in Iowa.

The NEW Cooperative Foundation is the charitable giving entity of NEW Cooperative, Inc. The Foundation is committed to investing in organizations that are dedicated to youth and education, human services, and civic purposes that further enhance the quality of life in our member’s local communities.

2020-2021 NEW Cooperative Scholarship Recipients Announced
Local Students Receive Scholarships to Pursue Agriculture College Education

April 16, 2020 –  NEW Cooperative is pleased to announce the winners of the NEW Cooperative Agriculture Scholarship. This year’s eight $2,000 scholarship winners are, Madison Brincks, daughter of Eric and Jen Brinks of Glidden, Dawson Fischer, son of Allen and Anita Fischer, of Pomeroy, Megan Decker, daughter of Tom and Diane Decker of Rockwell City, Grant Kuehnast, son of Brent and Sue Kuehnast of Humboldt, Olivia Mitchell, daughter of David and Sharon Mitchell of Duncombe, Jaclyn Reding, daughter of Jeff and Tami Reding of Bode, Kaylynn Ridgely, daughter of Cory and Jamie Ridgely of Rockwell City, and Kaitlyn Riessen, daughter of Brian and Kari Riessen of Battle Creek.

“These students are the future of our agriculture industry. We are proud to support them in their college journey and can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the future,” said NEW Cooperative General Manager, Dan Dix.

NEW Cooperative, Inc. a farmer-owned grain, agronomy, energy and feed cooperative headquartered in Fort Dodge, Iowa with their scholarship program, now on its 27th year of proudly supporting the college education of area students. In that time, more than 160 scholarships have been awarded. The $2,000 scholarship is to aid full-time students who are pursuing their college education in an agriculture program. The NEW Cooperative Foundation awards the scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding leadership, scholastics and a strong desire to pursue a career in agriculture. Each year, students planning to enroll as a full time student in an agricultural college program at a Midwest college, and who are dependents of NEW Cooperative members or employees are eligible to apply to receive a scholarship. This includes graduating high school seniors, as well as college freshmen through juniors.

 

About NEW Cooperative, Inc. & the NEW Cooperative Foundation

NEW Cooperative, Inc. is a farmer-owned grain, agronomy, energy and feed cooperative headquartered in Fort Dodge, Iowa. As a leading agriculture retailer, NEW Cooperative is focused on being an innovative and efficient provider of today’s agriculture markets and services to 5,000 members through 39 locations in Iowa.

The NEW Cooperative Foundation is the charitable giving entity of NEW Cooperative, Inc. The Foundation is committed to investing in organizations that are dedicated to youth and education, human services, and civic purposes that further enhance the quality of life in our member’s local communities.

Average 4 inch Depth Soil Temperatures

Follow link for current and past soil temperatures.
https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/current/index.phtml/soil_temperature/day1

Throughout the years, growers have been able to use technology to receive scale tickets, view cash bids, and stay up to date on location harvest hours.

Most recently, growers have been able to sign grain contracts, submit offers, view balances, transactions, and commodity prices through NEW Cooperative’s mobile app, NEW Connect.

Now, growers have the options for direct deposit of your grain and deferred payments.

“With our growers having the option for Direct Deposit, it will allow payments to be more convenient and faster for them. With the COVID- 19 pandemic this allows our customers to continue to conduct business in a normal fashion.”, said Mark Walter, NEW Cooperative Grain Manager.

Sign up today for direct deposit of your grain and deferred payments by following these steps:

  • Have the APP to sign contracts and print settlements.
  • Fill out the ACH form available on our website.
    Link: http://www.newcoop.com/new-connect-app/
  • Return the ACH form to NEW Cooperative
  • Once the banking information is setup all future grain payments will be Direct Deposit.
  • Producers will receive an email notification of payment.

For questions or more information, contact your local NEW Cooperative location or the Grain Department at 515-955-2044.

Want to download the NEW Connect App, have questions or need help? Contact us at 515-955-9045 or visit http://www.newcoop.com/new-connect-app/.

 

 

To our NEW Cooperative Customers,

We at NEW Cooperative are monitoring the ever-changing climate of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that our number one priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers and suppliers.

Supply Chain Impacts
We are constantly monitoring for any impact. Thus far, we have assessed a low risk to our supply chain and business capabilities. We currently are doing everything possible to ensure supply of the products and services your operation needs in the coming weeks. Our precautions include following all CDC recommendations and ensuring supply chain readiness and contingency planning around our plant and field operations.

Our Commitment to Employee Safety During Product Deliveries and Pickups

  • On-farm deliveries of agronomy and petroleum products will continue to take place. Please call your location to schedule delivery. If possible describe where the product is to be dropped and allow the NEW employee to make the delivery alone. If you must be present please keep an appropriate distance.
  • If picking up agronomy inputs at one of NEW’s locations please call ahead and an employee will meet you at the appropriate warehouse for assistance.

Our Employees on Your farms
Over the next few months, we will have many employees visiting your farms. Please be assured that all NEW Coop employees will be adhering to our Pandemic Protocols. If there are any additional precautions that you wish for us to be made aware of, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

With the government designating agriculture as a critical infrastructure industry, and NEW Cooperative’s customers relying on us to assist in planting this springs crop, our company does not have the option of shutting down. We must be diligent with our preventive efforts of COVID-19 and ready to respond in any way, if exposure elevates. We will keep you posted as we continue to evaluate the situation.

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