Benefits of Cooperative Ownership

Cooperative 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.

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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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“As we gain more clarity on these and other issues, CHS will continue to do what we can to help farmers be as successful as possible—whether that’s assisting them in their daily decisions on the farm or advocating on their behalf in Congress.”
Will Stafford, Washington Representative, CHS
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Randal Rathe, board director, Farmers Ranchers Cooperative, Ainsworth, Neb.
“Just like any business, we have a drive to bring value to our owners. Unlike many other businesses, our owners are the farmers and ranchers that buy from us. And being an owner means helping create the vision for the company’s future.”
Dan Schurr, chair, Board of Directors, CHS
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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.
 
With a CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant and support from her local Medford Cooperative, ag teacher Lisa Kopp's vision and passion led to a new 2,300-square-foot teaching barn and quadrupled membership in the local FFA chapter.
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With a CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant and support from her local Medford Cooperative, ag teacher Lisa Kopp's vision and passion led to a new 2,300-square-foot teaching barn and quadrupled membership in the local FFA chapter.

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 Leadership Team, CHS
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E15 is now able to be sold at all Cenex® branded retail locations. Increased access to higher ethanol blends not only helps consumers more readily access renewable fuels but increases ethanol demand for our farmers.

“These steps demonstrate the commitment of CHS and the Cenex brand to renewable fuels, which play an important role in our environment and contribute to the success of our agricultural economy.”

Akhtar Hussain, Director, Refined Fuels Marketing, CHS
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Contact your local cooperative to learn more about the benefits of cooperative ownership.