BENEFITS OF COOPERATIVE OWNERSHIPCooperative ownership means you own a system focused on meeting the needs of your business and your community. From expanding market opportunities to providing valuable inputs to giving you access to a reliable energy supply, cooperatives help you own every day.
Global Market Access
You Have a Voice
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Benefit from Local Expertise
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Earn Patronage and Equity
Patronage and member equity are fundamental benefits of cooperative ownership.
Help Communities ThriveThe 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
students educated about ag co-ops
students prepared for ag careers
future ag leaders supported
CHS Community Giving 2023 Goals
youth learn lifesaving safety and health lessons
communities receive matching grants
percent increase in employee volunteerism
Tap into a Global Supply ChainAs 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 ThinkingLooking 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.
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.”
Agriculture relies on diesel power. That’s why refineries within the cooperative system produce nearly twice the diesel per barrel of other refineries.