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
“Growing up, I wanted to help my neighbors and saw that advocacy and policy were ways to support my community. It is vital to have people who understand agriculture advocating for farmers and ranchers because we understand how a government’s decisions impact rural America.”
“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
“Waterhemp has become extremely difficult to manage. My CHS agronomy consultant recommended an adjuvant to help with spray coverage, and I saw improved weed control.”
“Working with their cooperative, farmers can use the near real-time analytics enabled by the Market Sight tool to make data-driven, informed fuel purchasing decisions based on their local market conditions.”
“The first 30 days of weaning calves can be stressful. It’s a critical time for the animal’s long-term health. Todd, our CHS nutrition consultant, has been a great asset. He set us up with a feeding plan that allows us to remain flexible.”
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.
“Because the Rochelle ethanol plant stayed open, we were able to keep moving our corn.”
Agriculture relies on diesel power. That’s why refineries within the cooperative system produce nearly twice the diesel per barrel of other refineries.
“Producers are busy and we all want to use our time to add value. The new automated elevator gives farmers a wider window to deliver grain and helps our employees have better work-life balance while simultaneously allowing us to efficiently utilize this new facility.”