MARCUS - As of July 1, Sands of Iowa has a new manager , who hails from Western Kansas. Stan Remington will become a familiar face to many area farmers as they come in to do business at SOI.
Remington is quite familiar with the rural scene. It is somewhat different in Northwest Iowa as in Kansas the small towns are smaller and much further apart. Farms average 2,000 acres there, where many cattle are fed. Hogs do not have as large a role in the farm economy there as do here. Kansas farmers, like Iowa's, raise corn, but also a lot of wheat.
Remington earned a Bachelor of Science in Ag Business at Fort Hayes University at Hayes, Kans., and has been employed for 20 years dealing in grains. He has employed by Archer Daniels Midlands (ADM) as well as Monsanto. His background experience covers not only marketing grains but in selling the top seeds, fertilizer, chemicals to control insects and weeds, plus he is knowledgeable on livestock feed as well. His expertise covers much of farming production.
What attracted him here is finding a family business who has kept the same philosophy over the years which is basically rooted in keeping the farmer in mind when it comes to making decisions.
"Everyone I have talked to has expressed the same story about this business. That is Sands take their responsibilities seriously as they want the farmer to remain profitable. Sands has built much trust over the years and it's my aim to keep that trust. Decisions are centered on what is good for all of their customers. The employees here take their work seriously and are community orientated. That means a lot as they are dedicated workers," said Remington.
Remington has four sons. The oldest, Chance, is a college sophmore in Kansas. The twins, Cole and Cody are 16 and will attend Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School where they will play basketball. The youngest, Kadon is a third grader. The boys as well as their father love horses and have an interest in riding and roping which is why their home will be three miles southest of Marcus. They are quite enthusiastic about their new surroundings. The family will attend the Methodist Church and become involved in local activities.
Remington expressed how Marcus appealed to them, "The town is neat and clean. The business district is doing well and offers a variety of services. From the small town we came from, Marcus seems large. The school system is impressive and there's much to do around here. The day we arrived here for the first time was a real cold snowy day when Highway 3 was a total white wipeout. Yet, we liked what we saw and heard. The people were very friendly and bid us welcome. Friendliness abounds here and we think it's a good fit."
When speaking of the economy, Remington knows there are pressures to bear.
"The ag community has a cushion from recent high grain markets. Right now cattle and hog producers are taking a hit. Cattle yards in Kansas are down a third of their capacity. Farmers need to learn necessary marketing skills to be successful. Sands has assisted in educating farmers along those lines and we will continue to do so. An ethanol plant is a boost to any community to assist in getting a higher price for their corn. I'm not as familiar with soy diesel," said Remington.
The interview was summed up with the statement, "It's a good fit for all of us."