WE ARE CVA - Transport

June 12, 2019

WEARECVA: Transport from Central Valley Ag on Vimeo.

While driving in Nebraska, Kansas or Iowa you may meet a truck on the road, or several, that proudly carry the Central Valley Ag logo on the side. Maybe you gave the trucker a wave or a nod, but did you think any more about what that person’s role is in the cooperative? Did you think about how much farmers and ranchers rely on these drivers?

Central Valley Ag transport is a diversified fleet, with nearly 58 trucks throughout the CVA territory. Dispatchers utilize 52 full-time drivers and an additional 50-80 outside truckers that help move products; whether it be for the agronomy, feed, fuel or grain division. Transport is responsible for efficiently managing these tasks providing CVA locations and customers with the products they need.
 
“We have to keep CVA on track with deadlines, whether it’s taking grain to a processor or making space at a location,” says Greg Vakoc, CVA Dispatcher in Royal, Nebraska. “That’s the fun part of the job for me; I like problem-solving. That’s what CVA dispatchers pride ourselves on. You want an answer, call us.”
 
CVA driver Jake Bartos appreciates the work the dispatchers do to get him where he needs to go. “It takes an army to get this off the ground and the trucks on the road,” he says. “There’s a lot of numbers and paperwork involved. It takes a well-coordinated effort, so drivers have the right load number, location, and destination for the product they are hauling.”
 
Technology plays an important role throughout the transport division. Each driver is equipped with a tablet where dispatchers can instantly communicate orders, so when one job is complete, the driver can be as efficient as possible with the next order. “Instant communication makes what we do much easier. I can receive an order, and it’s really simple to get that driver the information he needs,” says Vakoc. “And at the end of the day, it helps satisfy another customer."
 
The Spring season provides challenges each year, not only for farmers but for CVA drivers too. However, Driver Scott Ueding doesn’t let that scare him. “Spring is a big push, and I get an adrenaline rush from it. I love it. A farmer needs a load last minute, give me the load and let’s go.” Ueding continues to speak passionately about his experience working directly with growers, “Right away in the morning we get numbers from dispatch, and we pick up loads that either need delivered to locations or delivered to the farmer. I like going out to do the farm loads because the farmers trust us.”

CVA transport is fortunate to have drivers like Jake and Scott representing their division. “I’m passionate about driving, it’s just something I’ve always loved,” states Jake. “Driving on the highway, doing my job well, taking pride in my work. Pride in my equipment. I get joy and fulfillment out of getting that load of anhydrous to that location that’s running out. And knowing that getting that load there filled a need.”
 
So, the next time you see the CVA Transport fleet out on the road, give them a big wave and a smile. These drivers and dispatchers mean more to the cooperative than can be expressed in one video. Central Valley Ag commends them for their work and their commitment to excellence.

Posted: 6/12/2019 8:50:55 AM by Kelli Reznicek | with 0 comments
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