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Fall Photography Contest

Heartland Co-op is opening up its first Fall Photography Contest!

Share with us, and your fellow co-op members, farm life views that define our industry, as seen through your eyes.

Whether it’s a scenic landscape, a snapshot of everyday life, or an action photo we invite you to share your images. Winning entries in each category will be featured on our website and the winner will receive Heartland Co-op merchandise.

Click the link below to view full details and the entry form. 

Photo Contest Details:

  • Categories: farm life, harvest, aerial
  • Photos must be submitted by November 30, 2019, winners will be announced beginning of December
  • Photos selected from each category will be featured on the website
  • Cooperative members and employees are eligible to participate
  • Photos may be of any appropriate subject or scene, but must be taken in Iowa or Nebraska
  • A complete entry form must accompany each photo
  • By Submitting photos to Heartland Co-op you acknowledge the submitted photos may be used in print publications, presentations, websites, and social media, and all people featured in the photo consent to have their photo taken and parental consent has been given in the event minors are featured
  • The higher the quality the better (300+ dpi)

Photo Contest Entry Form

Submit entries/direct questions to mbuboltz@heartandcoop.com or call 515-225-1334 and ask for Michelle

FFA Checkoff



To Our Valued Heartland Co-op Customers,

Today’s FFA members are the leaders of the future who will represent, grow and preserve our great industry. Heartland Co-op has partnered with the Iowa FFA Foundation to create a farmer-driven checkoff program in support of Iowa FFA. FFA truly impacts our cooperative, and the introduction of the Heartland Co-op FFA Checkoff is our commitment to providing a next level of support for Iowa’s FFA and agricultural future.

Heartland Co-op has been a long-term supporter of the Iowa FFA Foundation on behalf of members. We have supported career development events, proficiency awards, event sponsorship and offer several scholarships to Iowa FFA members annually. Many of our own employees are past FFA members and credit their leadership skills and desire to serve others through the countless opportunities in FFA. We are proud to have drawn back former state FFA officers and even a national officer. Four of our senior staff began their careers as agricultural educators.


Each small contribution from grain sold to Heartland Co-op by customers enrolled in the Iowa FFA Foundation Checkoff program will directly support the work of the Iowa FFA Foundation and its impact on the future of the agricultural industry and agricultural education. Contributions also have the future ability to be credited back to a grain customer’s local FFA chapter.


A 1/10 of a cent will be deducted from each bushel of your corn or soybeans sold to Heartland Co-op at the time of sale. The cooperative will in turn submit 100% of those funds to the Iowa FFA Foundation. Heartland Co-op will further enlarge this farmer-driven impact by matching the voluntary member contributions. Each deduction will be directed to support the diligent work of the Iowa FFA Foundation. As the organization which financially supports Iowa’s agricultural education, contributions impact a wide variety of programs, leadership development, career advancement and FFA specific resources. Together with other cooperative customers, this has the ability to become an immensely impactful amount. The program will begin January 1, 2018. Any funds given to the Iowa FFA Foundation are recognized as tax deductible.


Please sign into your CUSTOMER ACCOUNT and complete the electronic signup of the FFA Checkoff.


Click HERE to find the FFA Checkoff form. Please fill out the form in its entirety and send it to 2829 Westown Parkway, Suite 350, West Des Moines, IA 50266.

Please be sure to note your local FFA Chapter on the form for future credit towards your local FFA members.


Together, we can cooperatively make a tremendous impact on the future of Iowa’s agriculture.


For questions or further information, contact Heartland Co-op’s Grain Department at 515-974-4355.

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The Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Foundation selected nine interns to receive a $2000 scholarship.

There were a total of 49 applicants and the foundation committee was charged with selecting at least eight to receive a scholarship. Selection was based on their cooperative work experience and their leadership skills demonstrated in their respective schools and cooperative intern positions. Apart from filling out the application in its entirety, they had to give an example of the of the seven cooperative principles observed in action during their cooperative work experience. The nine selected students awarded this year are listed below including one of Heartland Co-op’s very own interns. Congratulations to the 2019 IIC Scholarship recipients. We wish them the best in their future career plans.

  • Jaci Reeves – Heartland Co-op
  • Sadie Vander Wal – Agtegra
  • Emily Campbell – Max Yield Cooperative
  • Taylor Fogarty – Pro Cooperative
  • Megan Behrends – Farm Service Cooperative
  • Nathan Koehl – AGP
  • Brianna Gorham – Landus
  • Elizabeth Horn – Key Cooperative
  • Olivia Schlarmann – Innovative Ag Services
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Carol Brown, AWCA communications liaison, cbrown@iasoybeans.com


Ag Retailers Reaffirm commitment to Environmental Stewardship

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

As ACWA marks its 20th year as an organization, the group of 11 ag retailers has reaffirmed the voluntary Code of Practice for Nitrogen Fertilization for 2019. It stipulates that fall anhydrous applications without a nitrification inhibitor be delayed until soil temperatures are 50 degrees Fahrenheit and trending lower. Members use the county soil temperature and forecast maps compiled by Iowa State University as a decision-tool for beginning fall fertilizer applications.

The code of practice was adopted in 2001 and ACWA members have renewed it annually.

 “ACWA members are committed to protecting Iowa’s water and agreeing to this code of practice every year is an illustration of our commitment,” said Brent Low, ACWA president and Ag Partners agronomy vice president. “Given field conditions last fall, I’m sure farmers will be anxious to start this year with fall application. Our member organizations are prepared to find the best solutions for farmer productivity and water quality.”

ACWA supports the adoption of nutrient management technologies to maximize nutrient use efficiency and help protect water quality. They include nitrogen stabilizers, slow release fertilizers, incorporation or injection, soil nitrate testing and other tools that minimize loss of nitrogen to water sources.

ACWA also supports 4R Plus, which focuses on the 4R’s of fertilizer application: the right source, right rate, right time and right place. The Plus adds conservation practices to enhance soil health and improve water quality. Led by the Nature Conservancy, 4R Plus is guided by a coalition of agricultural and conservation organizations to support farmers’ efforts to implement precise nutrient management and conservation practices.

ACWA encourages farmers to implement conservation practices to reduce nitrate flow from tile systems including bioreactors, constructed wetlands, conservation stream buffers and cover crops. Members agreed this year to add saturated buffers to the list of recommended conservation practices as part of the code of practice. Saturated buffers allow for natural denitrification from tile drained water that has been diverted to adjacent streambank buffers.

“Members of ACWA know water quality is just as important as proper nutrient management,” said Roger Wolf, ACWA executive director. “The responsibility that ACWA members assume annually through the code of practice is a testament to this commitment. Members and their employees are doing what they can to improve their customers’ production as well as profitability while protecting the environment.” 

For more information, visit www.acwa-rrws.org and  4rplus.org.

ACWA Code of Practice 2019

Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance (ACWA) is an association consisting of 11 ag retailers and five associate members that support farmer customers in the Des Moines and Raccoon River basins. The ACWA mission is to help agriculture identify and implement solutions that reduce nutrient loss to Iowa waters.


The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards 

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards recognize the exemplary, voluntary actions of farmers that improve or protect the environment and our state’s natural resources. The awards were presented by the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director at the 2019 Iowa State Fair.

As true stewards of the land, these awardees recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability have benefits that extend beyond their fields. Today’s recipients have made environmental stewardship a priority by utilizing conservation practices that prevent soil erosion and improve water quality. These individuals are leading by example and encouraging other farmers to follow in their footsteps.

Congratulations to this year's Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award recipients, including five of our very own Heartland Co-op nominated members! We appreciate that you’re taking a leadership role in Iowa’s conservation efforts.

Lee & Arthur Wisecup

Henderson Cattle LLC: Bill, Norman, Bob, Patty, Aaron, Andy, and Adam

Lee Tesdell

Anna and Randy Golightly

Jeff Koch - Van Meter

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