Community Involvement

Building Local Communities

From the fields to the local communities, we’re proud to serve our customers and support our area through community involvement events. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping those in our communities.  We are highly involved in youth activities including FFA, 4-H, sports, rodeos, and school field trips.  We support various other events such as the Sterling Family Memorial Ranch Rodeo, Dakota Western Heritage Festival, local fire departments, churches, and numerous others.  We’re always looking for other ways to be involved; for inquiries on event donations, advertisements, or school field trips at any of our 7 locations please give Jennifer a call at 605-224-5935.

For pictures from our most recent community involvement events, please check out our Facebook page!

Harvest for Hunger

Each year during the month of March; CHS holds Harvest for Hunger, an event to raise money for the local food pantries. During this time we collect grain, food, and monetary donations that all stay local within our communities we serve. We could not make this happen with out the generous donations of cash, grain, and food donations from our farmer-owners and community members. Thank you to everyone that has made these efforts a success and we hope to have your continued support in the future. In 2017, with the generosity of our producers and community members, CHS Midwest Cooperative & CHS Northern Plains were able to donate $58,794.90 to Feeding South Dakota.

CHS Stewardship Goals

When you work with CHS in our region, you’re also helping one of North America’s largest agribusinesses meet its broader stewardship goals. At CHS and the CHS Foundation, we’re committed to creating a strong future for rural America and giving back to our communities with our time, talent and resources. Learn more about how we are keeping farm families safe and supporting projects in our hometown communities by visiting chsinc.com/stewardship.

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Community Involvement Events-

Freshman Impact:

Last Wednesday we were able to be apart of the Freshman Impact Program. This is a powerful program that takes freshman students from
various schools through several learning stations on topics ranging from seat belts and the jaws of life demonstration to teen dating and cyber bullying. The afternoon entailed a mock crash involving the upperclassmen and a mock trial, showing the impacts of drinking and driving. Midwest Cooperative was proud to give a $3,000 sponsorship and time volunteering to this program! We are extremely committed to the safety of our youth, if you have a safety program please give us a call.

Jefferson Elementary Tour:

The 3rd graders from Jefferson Elementary braved the rain yesterday for a tour of the Pierre elevator and fertilizer plant. The students had a great time learning about what we do each day and were able to take wheat seed and soil with them to plant at home.

Blunt Location Grain Engulfment Training:

The Blunt Elevator held a grain engulfment training for the Blunt Fire department.  This training gave the team a chance to learn how to use the cofferdam that was donated to the station by Farm Credit Services of America.

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4-H Achievement Days:

July 26th, 2016 we served dinner at the 4-H Acheivement Days in Ft. Pierre.  Asher also won the set of bean bag boards that was made by employees.

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Four Corners Baseball Lunch:
June 19th, 2016 we served lunch in support of the Four Corners Baseball Field.

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Jefferson Elementary Tours Pierre Facility:

Jefferson Elementary third graders recently toured the Pierre Facility. They were able to learn about the different commodities that are grown in this area, as well as how we weigh-in a truck, and sample the commodity. They then headed to the elevator to see the pit the trucks dump into, how the cups take the grain up the leg and into the bins, and then how it’s loaded out on a truck or train. The students also toured of the fertilizer plant, learning about the different dry fertilizers we use and how we load it on a truck so it can be delivered to the spreaders in the field.

Jefferson Students Thank You Notes
We received some very nice thank you cards from the students, here’s what a few of them thought of the tour:
“Thank you for giving us a tour and the hats also for teaching us about the different kind of seeds. Everybody keep working hard.” – Your Friend Brennen.

“Thank you for letting us come and giving us a tour. Thank you for teaching us about the different kinds of seeds like spring wheat , winter wheat, and all the other kinds of seeds. It was really fun it was more fun then school I wish I could go again.”- Bailey

“Thank you for taking time out of your work and giving us a field trip. That big white stuff looked like mount Everest. On that Me and George wanted to play king of the hill. My favorite part was when we saw all that stuff in the urea.. that was super cool.” – Cade

“Thank you for the hats! I really loved them. I didn’t know corn can be used in many other different ways. My favorite part was when you took us to see the gigantic pile of seeds. WOW! I didn’t know that my class weighed like that. Thank you for taking time out of your day to give us a tour.” – Alexsandra

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Kobe Kings’ Eagle Scout Project:

Here are a few pictures from Kobe Kings` Eagle Scout Project. Kobe built 5 benches for Oahe Downstream Recreation Area. They will be placed on the Powerhouse Alley Disc Golf Course. Kobe worked with CHS Midwest Cooperative to purchase the Materials. He was assisted in this project by two recent Eagle Scouts Murdoch Word and Josh Slocum. Kobe is the son of Ed & Denea King, who are very proud of his accomplishments with this project. Thank you Kobe!

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Red Kettle Bell Ringing:

As a result of this past bell ringing season, CHS Midwest Cooperative employees were able to raise $3,248.03.  CHS will match these funds at a rate of 1.5 times, bringing the matching dollars to $4,872.05.  Total with the volunteer efforts of our employees and the CHS Matching Funds a total of $8,120.08 was raised for the local Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive.  Thank you to each employee that volunteered time to ring the bells!

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