Do you have a passion for agriculture and the rural lifestyle?
First Cooperative Association (FCA) is looking for people who enjoy working with farmers, are motivated to excel, demonstrate a commitment to get the job done, and are willing to learn new skills.
The fact that we have many long-time employees says a lot about the advantages of working for FCA, which is known for being a progressive company that’s focused on the future.
If you enjoy rural, small-town living with big-city employment benefits, we can offer that. For more information on employment opportunities at FCA, contact Jerry Weiler:
Human Resources and Risk Manager
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- Excellent Pre-Tax Health Insurance Program
- Life Insurance
- Dental, Vision, AFLAC Supplemental Available
- Pre-Tax Cafeteria Plan
- 401K Plan (Roth or Tax Deferred)
- Defined Benefit Retirement Plan
- Employee Profit Sharing Bonus Plan
- Sick Leave, Vacation, Paid Holidays, Personal Day
- Company Provided Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
- Employee Discounts
- Apparel Program
- Employee Assistance Program
Employees thoughts on working for FCA
Jeff Stone - Marathon Agronomy
As our long-time agronomy manager Norm Lietz prepares to retire in early 2015, we're pleased to welcome Jeff Stone to the Marathon area. Jeff is well-versed in agronomy and will help ensure a seamless transition during this important time.
Jeff joined First Cooperative Association in November and has been getting acquainted with clients in the area.
What's your ag background? I grew up in the Sioux Rapids/Rembrandt area. My parents, Ken and Sue Stone, still live on a farm north of Linn Grove. I earned my bachelor's degree in ag business and management in 1987 from Northwest Missouri State University. For me, pursuing an ag career was the next best thing to farming. I have more than 20 years in a agronomy sales in northwest Iowa.
What do you like about the cooperative system? I worked for private agronomy companies before coming to First Cooperative Association. The cooperative system appeals to me, because it's very customer-service oriented. I also like being outside and working directly with growers.
What attracted you to First Cooperative Association? First Cooperative is focused on customer service. It's also a good, financially solid company that has a lot of experienced, long-time employees. I've enjoyed working with Norm Lietz to get acquainted with more growers in the northeast region of First Cooperative's trade territory.
What can customers expect from you? I want to be your business partner. I'll help you sift through the data to find the right solutions to maximize your yields and profit potential. You can also expect the same good service that Norm provided. I look forward to working with you and encourage you to contact me at 712-363-0108.
Editor's note: Jeff enjoys pheasant and deer hunting, fishing (including trips to South Dakota to catch walleyes), and watching NASCAR races, both on TV and in person at Talladega, Bristol, Chicago, and California. Jeff is also the proud owner of a black lab named Shadow.
Mike Smith - Swine Feed Specialist
While he was a power forward on the Iowa State University (ISU) men's basketball team, Mike Smith is just as comfortable on a livestock farm as he is on the basketball court. As First Cooperative Association's (FCA) newest swine feed specialist, Mike is ready to help you with your swine production needs.
What's your ag back ground? I grew up in central Iowa on a farm near Runnells. I've always enjoyed hogs and cattle and showed livestock at the county fair, Iowa State Fair, and Ad-Sar-Ben. After earning my degree in ag studies from ISU in 2008, I worked at Dakota Pack as a hog buyer. I later became a general manager for Iowa Protein Transportation before joining FCA a mid-June.
What's your role at FCA? I can help you source pigs for your hog barns. If you want to own hogs independently, I can work with you on that, too. I also formulate rations for pigs in nurseries and finishers, as well as sow units. Now's a good time to start feeding livestock, because feeding your own corn can help you get an extra dollar or two per bushel.
How can I contact you? Call me at 515-669-8194, or email me at email@example.com. I have lots of resources to help you find the answers you need.
Editor's note: Mike and his new wife Beth (Schmidt) Smith, were married on Sept. 6. They live near Schaller and are interested in raising their own cattle herd.
Laurie Stone - Marathon
Q: What's a typical work day for you?
A: When I started 27 years ago, I was a secretary, now I am a bookkeeper. I also take customers' fuel and propane orders and handle various jobs around the office.
Q: What do you like about FCA?
A: I love the people. I know most of our customers by name, and I appreciate their honesty, integrity, and friendliness. We have a great team here at Marathon, too. We're like a big family, which makes it fun.
Randy Dunn -Corporate Office
Randy Dunn has been a leader at First Cooperative Association (FCA) for 25 year. As our grain department manager, Randy handles a wide range of duties. Did you know...
1. Randy has a diverse background. Randy grew up in Leon, IA, and played college football at William Penn in Oskaloosa, where he earned his degrees in biology and chemistry. After graduation, Randy worked for Hubbard Milling Company, which brought him to northwest Iowa. In 1983, when investors purchased a private elevator in Sioux Rapids, Randy started his career as a grain merchandiser. "There's never a dull moment in this business, and the work is different every day," Randy said.
2. Managing risk is job one for Randy. Randy uses the Chicago Board of Trade to trade futures contracts to offset grain purchases from members and grain sales to end-users, including local feed mills and ethanol plants. "We used to ship nearly 95% of our grain by rail," said Randy, who establishes a daily grain bid based on multiple end-user markets. "When the ethanol industry boomed in 2008, our rail shipments declined as local demand skyrocketed."
3. Negotiating grain sales boosts profitability. Randy analyzes seasonal basis trends for grain marketing opportunities and decides when to store or sell the company-owned grain positions. "It's important to maintain good working relationships with grain buyers," Randy said. "I also stay current on producer selling activity and regional grain supplies, which affect grain movement and basis charges."
4. Coordinating grain logistics is a big job. FCA takes in 45 to 50 million bushels of corn and soybeans each year. Randy coordinates the logistics of drying, storing, and shipping all this grain. "We need to ship about 900,000 bushels per week, on average," said Randy, who works closely with FCA managers to monitor inventory levels at all FCA locations and coordinate grain shipments.
5. Budget projections keep FCA on track. Randy develops three-year budget projections with grain sales and margins; drying, storage, and service income; grain department expense; and capital expenditures needed for facilities and equipment. "I create a road map for the FCA board and the bank," Randy said. "It's moving target, so I keep refining it."