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

Cooperative leader Mike Traxinger smiles as he stands in a pasture near some of his cattle.
“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.”
Mike Traxinger, general counsel and director of governmental affairs, Agtegra Cooperative, Houghton, S.D.
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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

A sprayer applies herbicide in a field of young corn.
“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.”
Paul Fossum, farmer, Hillsboro, N.D
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A CHS energy delivery driver carries a fuel hose to refill a storage tank.
“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.”
Matt Mlynarczyk, senior account manager, refined fuels, CHS
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Brandy and Kevin Evans stand in a pasture as a tractor loads a truck with feed in the background.
“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.”
Kevin Evans, Thaler Land and Livestock, LaGrange, Wyo.
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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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As many ethanol facilities halted production during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, CHS kept its ethanol plants running to support local corn growers.
“Because the Rochelle ethanol plant stayed open, we were able to keep moving our corn.”
B.T. Carmichael, farmer and co-op owner, Rochelle, Ill.
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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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A grain delivery truck leaves the CHS Herman grain elevator.
A first-of-its kind fully automated grain elevator in Herman, Minn., gives farmers more flexibility for grain deliveries — and a view of the future.
“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.”
Jerry Kramer, general manager, CHS, Herman, Minn.
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Contact your local cooperative to learn more about the benefits of cooperative ownership.