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N'West Iowa Business

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E18 COREY ROZENBOOM SANBORN Research director and co-owner of Alpha Ag Research and president of North Iowa FIRST Inc. in rural Sanborn PHOTO BY LANA BRADSTREAM BY LANA BRADSTREAM LBRADSTREAM@NWESTIOWA.COM SANBORN—Serving farming communities in northern Iowa with independent and unbiased field research is at the heart of North Iowa FIRST and Alpha Ag Research. The two companies are run by Corey Rozenboom of rural Sanborn. The venture started small in April of 2010, when Rozenboom and his wife, Holly, began North Iowa FIRST, a subsidiary of Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies. Since the beginning, Corey has served as president of the chapter and Holly as vice president. On a public level, North Iowa FIRST provides corn and soybean agricultural contract research to the ag industry, and the testing is done in regions. The regions test products from a variety of seed companies. Hybrids are replicated three times on each site. Corn regions contain six sites and soybean regions have four. AT A GLANCE: Age: 35 Education: Bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Dordt College in Sioux Center in 2004; master of science degree in agronomy from Kansas State University in 2006. Experience: Senior research associate for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., 2008-10; started Alpha Ag Research and president of North Iowa FIRST Inc. in 2010. Family: Wife, Holly; children; Avery, 10; Colten, 8; Easton, 5; Dawson, 2. Interests: Experiencing the natural beauty of the outdoors, visiting and exploring new places, riding ATVs, building stuff. The private sector is where Alpha Ag Research comes into play. All private field trial work is performed under the Alpha Ag Research business name, and Corey Rozenboom functions as co-owner and research director. “We service private field trial demands within other sectors of row crop agriculture,” he said. “In that capacity, we conduct a broad range of field experiments, such as seed variety trials, chemical and biological seed treatment trials, fertility trials and development or evaluation of other sustainable agricultural inputs.” With a variety of titles attached to his workday, Rozenboom fulfills plenty of responsibilities. His primary duty is to establish, coordinate and manage field research experiments with the goal of providing the highest level of quality research data to clients. However, with the work being seasonal, the primary work duties vary widely throughout the year. “I find myself managing office work, supervising maintenance on a fleet of research field equipment, coordinating seed package activities in our seed lab, creating field trial experiments, analyzing experimental data and summarizing reports for clients. During the growing season, we are busy planting, transporting equipment, applying treatments to the field trials or recording field observations. Harvest seasons means we are in the plot combines from late September through October.” Most of the trials are conducted near the headquarters southwest of Sanborn, but testing sites exist throughout the Midwest. The primary crops also are corn and soybean, but others are considered if they are adaptable to Iowa. JEREMY VAN DEN BERG SIOUX CENTER Business development at Interstates in Sioux Center BY RYLAN HOWE RHOWE@NWESTIOWA.COM SIOUX CENTER—Jeremy Van Den Berg is a people person. Working in business development for Interstates based in Sioux Center, he gets to build relationships every day. While it could be boiled down to sales in a sense, Van Den Berg looks at his role another way. “I always say I’ve never sold anything to anyone. I help people solve problems,” Van Den Berg said. “I develop relationships with potential clients, figure out what their needs are and find a match within Interstates. I thoroughly enjoy meeting and talking to people, understanding what and how they do things. I get a lot of joy when I can help others succeed.” He likes to use the example of a talent agent. “We have a lot of talented people and I’m the connector point to get clients to the right team members within Interstates,” Van Den Berg said. “A lot of job is getting out and meeting people — trade shows, client visits, those sorts of things — and proposal development.” AT A GLANCE: Age: 39 Education: Bachelor of arts in business administration: management and marketing from Dordt College in Sioux Center in 2000. Experience: Started in business He came to Sioux Center from Montana by way of Dordt College, where earned a bachelor of arts in business administration: management and marketing in 2000. “I came here for college and never left. I was actually born in Iowa, though, and now have technically lived here longer than anywhere else,” Van Den Berg said. “I never envisioned myself working for an electrical services company, but it just kind of worked out that way. What attracted me was the type of environment they have here and the people and culture that exists here. It’s a large company with 900 employees across the country, but it still has a family feel.” development at Interstates in Sioux Center in 2014. Family: Wife, Jaci; children, Hannah, 14; Elyssa, 11; Isaac, 9; Jaelle, 6. Interests: Fishing, camping, being outdoors, hockey. Interstates offers in-house, single source electrical engineering, electrical construction, instrumentation and control systems services. They provide services for everyone from Fortune 500 companies to local feed mills. Part of what Van Den Berg enjoys so much about his job is learning about all the things his clients make. “The best way I can describe it is like having my own personal version of the show ‘How It’s Made,’” Van Den Berg said. “I don’t have a typical day and that’s a great thing about my job — the variability.” When he gets time off from the trade shows and client visits, Van Den Berg enjoys being outdoors, camping and fishing, and spending time with this family. Recently, a lot of that family time has also centered around another of Van Den Berg’s joys: hockey. “My three youngest kids play and I coach all three of their teams,” Van Den Berg said. He’s also spent time on the board of the Sioux Center Hockey Association and has been on the Sioux Center PHOTO BY RYLAN HOWE Christian School board for the past five years. And at Interstates he’s looking forward to many more years building those relationships. “I’d love to continue to participate in the growth of the company,” Van Den Berg said. “I feel fortunate to work in the role that I do, and for the people that I work alongside.”

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018 THE N'WEST IOWA REVIEW/SHELDON, IA E19 Rachel Becker Assistant O’Brien County Attorney Megan Kooima Owner, Excel Achievement Center *Mandy Boersma Business Manager, Fred’s Plumbing & Heating *Jeremy Koopmans Owner & Operator, Koopmans Feedlot (‘07 NCC Grad) Timothy Brinkman Owner, Dan’s Auto Service Matthew Lammers Financial Adviser, Zeutenhorst Financial Mike Coulander Owner, Coulander Manure Handling Erin Olson Associate Professor of Social Work, Dordt College *Susan De Yager Partner, Tattered Treasures *Eric Ortner Network Administrator, NCC (‘09 NCC Grad) *Anna Fedders ER Coordinator, Sioux Center Health Kristi Robinson Executive Director, Love INC *Karissa Getting Nurse Practitioner, Sanford Sheldon Kyle Rozeboom Assistant Manager, Farmers Lumber Co. *Taylor Hibbing Owner/Operator, Midwest Fuel Polishing & Tank Cleaning Nicole Rozeboom Owner, B Fierce Boutique Kelli Hoogers Homeschool Manager, Glynlyon/Aipha Omega *Corey Rozeboom President, North Iowa FIRST Andrew Hoogeveen Physical Therapist & Owner, Industrial Impact Inc. *Jeremy Van Den Berg Business Development, Interstates (‘14 NCC Grad)