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.
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.
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
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.
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.