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Area producers share in local CHS patronage distribution

Eligible farmer-owners of CHS Ag Services, based out of Warren, Minnesota, shared in the recent distribution of cash patronage and equity based on business done with CHS.

“We’re extremely proud to share this important cooperative membership benefit with our customers,” said Ryan Anderson, general manager. “Delivering an economic return to them on the business they do with CHS is one more way we help our owners grow.”

This locally based retail division of CHS Inc. allocated a total of $12,949,391.11 in patronage dividends to its eligible members based on business done Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018, of which $2,288,157.82 is being paid out in cash.

Overall, CHS Inc. will return $150 million in cash patronage and equity redemption to its farmer-owners in 2019, part of the cooperative’s commitment to sharing profits with our owners and returning money to rural America where it can be reinvested in the community. More than 840 local cooperatives and 25,000 farmers share in this distribution of cash patronage and equity redemptions.

The percentage returned to owners is determined annually by the CHS Board of Directors and based on performance, financial strength and long-term growth opportunities.

“Returning cash to our owners enables farmers, ranchers and cooperatives to invest in their own futures,” said Dan Schurr, chairman of the CHS Board.

In the past 12 years, CHS has returned about $3.5 billion to its owners in the form of cash patronage.

Join the fight against hunger

People in rural communities live surrounded by growing food, but they experience hunger too. That’s why CHS is once again teaming up with local farmers to fight hunger in rural America. The CHS Harvest for Hunger food, grain and fund drive begins March 1 and continues through March 20 at your nearest CHS location.

“We might never know that the neighbor across the road or down the drive struggles to put food on the table, but through our efforts this month, we can make sure those local food shelves can anonymously help those who need it most,” says Rick Dusek, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations. “For nine years now, our CHS employees and farmer-owners have stepped up during this annual campaign to help local and regional food shelves feed those in need.”

Since 2011, CHS has raised more than $5.6 million and 3.6 million pounds of food through its Country Operations business units. CHS locations across the United States have organized ways to get farmer, ranchers, employees and community members involved in fun and interactive ways to to raise food and funds to fight hunger.

Financial donations are encouraged as they give food banks additional buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates; $1 equals 6 pounds of food for area food banks. But food and grain donations are also accepted. Every donation counts.

“All the food, money and grain raised by CHS Harvest for Hunger goes directly back to local and regional food banks to help fill their shelves,” Dusek says. “This way, we can help those in need by ensuring those organizations dedicated to fighting rural hunger have the resources they need to make a real difference in people’s lives.”  

Stop by or contact your nearest CHS location to learn how you can support CHS Harvest for Hunger.

Join us for Annual Meeting and Ag Industry Day

CHS Ag Services will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, March 7, in conjunction with Ag Industry Day at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. We encourage to you attend this meeting and Ag Industry Day to gain valuable insight into the 2019 growing season and hear latest industry news and trends. You will also be able to participate in the governance of your cooperative and learn more about the future direction of CHS Ag Services.

Registration for the day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the annual meeting beginning at 9 a.m. Hear from the CHS Ag Services management team and producer board, as well as Jay Debertin, CHS President and CEO. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, the U.S. Farm Report will be taping a live session at Ag Industry Day. Following lunch, you will be able to choose from a variety of breakout sessions focused on agronomy, energy and grain. The day ends at 3 p.m.

CHS Ag Services
Annual Meeting and Ag Industry Day
Thursday, March 7, 2019
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. with lunch provided
Alerus Center
1200 S. 42nd St
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58201

CHS Ag Services looks forward to visiting with you at the annual meeting and Ag Industry Day on March 7. It will be a time to learn, connect and share our vision for the future. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please contact Ryan Anderson, CHS Ag Services general manager, 218-843-5205.

Grand Forks couple gains federal policy experience

Pictured from left to right: CHS CEO Jay Debertin with producers and New Leader Program participants Joshua Stutrud, Kevin and Jessica Severson, Julie and Scott Johnson, Stephanie and Brett Robinson, and Tyler Engstrom.

Scott and Julie Johnson of Grand Forks, North Dakota, returned from their summer trip to Washington D.C. with a better understanding of federal policies facing the nation’s farmers.

“We really are important to our elected officials,” Julie said of her experience meeting with North Dakota congressional delegates. “They’d rather talk with us as we’re living with their policies every day.”

“People just don’t take advantage of these opportunities,” said Scott, who had made a similar trip in 2017. He jumped at the chance to do it again with CHS. “You can’t say you don’t have a voice if you don’t get involved. If you want to make things better for yourself, make it better for everyone.”

The Johnsons joined six other young producers for the Political Advocacy with CHS Government Affairs program, an extension of the CHS New Leaders program aimed at learning skills critical for engaging effectively and making a powerful impact on issues relevant to CHS and its owners. Participants were nominated by their co-op managers because of the potential they possess for leadership within their respective co-ops and the agriculture industry in general. The Johnsons, who raise sugar beets, wheat, soybeans and edible beans, were nominated by CHS Ag Services.

The event was held in conjunction with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) annual Washington conference. The New Leaders also participated in NCFC’s Political Advocacy & Leadership (PAL) program for young producers.

As part of the Political Advocacy program, these next generation leaders joined CHS directors and senior leadership in meetings with members of Congress. CHS Government Affairs team explained how the legislative process operated and the most effective methods to make their voices heard on current issues facing farmers now and in the future.

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