Happy Co-op Month

This October, celebrate the system that is owned by local farmers and focused on meeting the needs of your business and your community.

EPISODE 49
October 26, 2021
How co-ops help farmers succeed        

EPISODE 48
October 19, 2021
Is tight supply impacting fertilizer prices?

EPISODE 47
October 12, 2021
What to expect from Farm Bill negotiations

EPISODE 46
October 5, 2021
What’s ahead for U.S. conservation programs?

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Global Market Access

You Have a Voice

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“People may wonder if co-ops will still be relevant down the road. But there is, and always will be, the value of working with others who have the same goals and the resources to make them happen.”

Sue Tronchetti, director, Landus Cooperative, Ames, Iowa
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“Cooperatives play a very important role, not only for farmers, but for the communities they support. Rather than being driven solely by profits or a handful of shareholders like an investor-owned company may be, they’re driven by what it takes to support their customers.”

Jake Rieke, associate director, United Farmers Cooperative, Fairfax, Minn.
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“I started on the co-op’s associate board just to learn more about the cooperative system and what that really means for local communities and local economy. Eventually, that turned into a desire to play a part in making decisions that would keep our cooperative here for many years to come.”
Sarah Olsen, director, Cooperative Grain and Supply, Peabody, Kan.
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“Safe roadways and a robust rural transportation network are essential to sustain farming and cooperative operations. That’s why CHS advocates for rural infrastructure investments by working with federal, state, and local government representatives.”
Patrick Hessini, vice president, CHS Transportation and Distribution
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Benefit from Local Expertise

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“The co-op has gone over and above to provide me with information and make sure I have the products I need when I need them. Their expertise and reliability has a lot of value to me.”
Chuck Nelson, producer, Thompson, N.D.
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“Investing in a quality fuel we know we can depend on helps us get the most out of our equipment. Thanks to our co-op, we don’t ever have to worry about running out of fuel and we can use fuel contracts to manage price.”

Scott Henry, farmer-owner, Nevada, Iowa
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“Since field activity across that area is rarely all taking place at the same time, we’re able to move applicators where they’re needed, when they’re needed. That kind of flexibility allows us to provide better service.”
Dan Sem, Dakota Agronomy Partners GM, Minot, N.D.
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Earn Patronage and Equity

Patronage and member equity are fundamental benefits of cooperative ownership.

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Help Communities Thrive

The benefits of cooperative ownership go beyond your operation. Cooperatives bring strength to rural communities by providing jobs, building economic stability and supporting local services. Through the CHS Foundation and CHS Community Giving, CHS is committed to meeting these 2023 goals on behalf of its farmer-owners.

CHS Foundation 2023 Goals

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students educated about ag co-ops

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students prepared for ag careers

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future ag leaders supported

CHS Community Giving 2023 Goals

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youth learn lifesaving safety and health lessons

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communities receive matching grants

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percent increase in employee volunteerism

Tap into a Global Supply Chain

As a cooperative owner, you are part of an extensive grain origination network that links your farming operation to world markets. And you benefit from a broad-based input system that harnesses the power of cooperative-owned refineries and growing agronomy resources to deliver inputs when and where you need them.

Focus on Long-Term Thinking

Looking for the next right answer is central to the cooperative model. That balance drives cooperatives to look for new, more efficient ways to do business with an eye to long-term success and value. Cooperative ownership means you’re part of a global network of experts and advocates who focus on market trends, challenges and opportunities, so you can stay focused on managing a productive business.
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To make the most of early season nitrogen applications, many growers add sulfur, a secondary nutrient that helps plants process the nitrogen. Now, farmers and cooperatives can benefit from a change in sulfur supply that brings the nutrient to crop input suppliers directly from a farmer-owned oil refinery.

In the process of creating diesel and gasoline, the CHS refinery at McPherson, Kan., removes and recovers sulfur. This sulfur is then combined with ammonia to create ammonium thiosulfate (ATS), a crop nutrient that helps boost yield for corn and other crops.

“Now that the cooperative system manages the supply chain from start to end, we have more reliability for getting ATS to our owners.”
Jason Hovey, general manager, agronomy, CHS Country Operations, Sterling, Colo.
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Agriculture relies on diesel power. That’s why refineries within the cooperative system produce nearly twice the diesel per barrel of other refineries.

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Soybean yields can now be protected with help from an adjuvant made from refined soy oil produced from soybeans grown by cooperative owners. Using ingredients that come directly from cooperative farmer-owners creates more value for the products they grow.
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Contact your local cooperative to learn more about the benefits of cooperative ownership.