Since 1976,

Hedlin Ag Enterprises has specialized in retained executive search for agribusinesses and agricultural associations throughout the United States. Why has it endured since founded by Larry Hedlin? It’s our philosophy and dedication to strive to be the best, not the biggest.


Northern Country Coop (NCC), an established and successful twelve location cooperative with 200M in sales is hiring a new General Manager due to retirement.   Headquartered in Stacyville, in north central Iowa, it has two locations in Iowa and ten in Minnesota.   Established in 1908, NCC has 100+ full-time employees driving the grain, agronomy, feed, and lumberyard departments.   NCC is supported by CoBank as its lender and is part of the ABC retirement program. 

            The General Manager will report to a nine-member Board of Directors and will be responsible for the administration, implementation, and control of all planning and operational aspects of the business. He/she will provide management leadership in the planning and determination of business strategies, policies and programs.  The person will also be responsible for directing and coordinating all aspects of operations through nine direct reports.

            The ideal candidate will have successful managerial experience in the ag industry with P&L accountability. However, the greatest emphasis will be placed on evaluating individual situations regarding job complexity, P&L and balance sheet accountability, and results/success.

            The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the ag retail business (independent or cooperative).   Risk management knowledge and experience in grain marketing and/or grain/agronomy operations would be desirable.  The candidate must have previous employee leadership/supervisory experience.  The candidate must have experience driving an annual and/or capital budgeting process, as well as implementation.  Finally, excellent interpersonal communication skills are absolutely required for this position.

            This is a robust opportunity to play a key role and make a meaningful contribution to the future success of an established and highly-respected cooperative.   Interested candidates should confidentially submit their application for consideration by confidentially contacting Kevin Drury at or at 515.964.7997.