Demonstrating safety in the communities where we work


CHS now has more than 100 ResponsibleAg certified facilities from its CHS Country Operations and CHS Agronomy divisions. Out of all U.S. fertilizer facilities receiving this certification, CHS represents 12 percent of the total.

ResponsibleAg was started in 2014 to assist agribusinesses as they sought to comply with federal environmental, health, safety and security rules regarding the safe handling and storage of fertilizer products. The rigorous application process includes a checklist of more than 320 questions about federal regulatory requirements. To be certified as a ResponsibleAg facility, locations must be 100 percent compliant with the entire checklist. (more…)

South Dakota Launches New Sensitive Crop Registry

South Dakota Launches New Sensitive Crop Registry

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announced a new partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. to introduce a new sensitive crop registry that will enhance communication between applicators and producers in South Dakota. FieldWatch is a not-for-profit company with existing registries in multiple states across the country. The new partnership will facilitate increased awareness and communication as part of ongoing stewardship activities.

The FieldWatch platform will allow beekeepers and commercial producers of specialty crops (such as tomatoes, fruit trees, grapes and organic crops) to register and map their sites online with an easy-to-use mapping tool and provide contact information about their operation. Pesticide applicators can access the site to help determine the scope and location of specialty crops and beehives in their areas. Registered applicators can sign up to receive email notifications when new specialty crop fields or beehives are added to their designated state, county or areas.

The new registry is free and voluntary to use. Both commercial and hobby beekeepers can use the system, however only managers and owners of specialty crop fields that are used for commercial production and are of at least a half-acre in size will have fields approved by the state data steward. FieldWatch is not intended for homeowners or those with small gardens.

Pesticide applicators will have different options for viewing locations on the new system, including a new mobile app coming this spring, but all users (applicators, producers, and beekeepers) will need to go to and create an account to get started. For additional resources you can also visit

Contact UsKathy Zander, Executive Director

Roxanne Rice, Finance Director

Phone:  605/224-2445

Fax: 605/224-9913



Happy National Ag Day!


Today marks the 45th National Ag Day.

American agriculture is the foundation of our country. It’s the backbone of a healthy and prosperous nation that’s made possible by the hard work of America’s farmers and ranchers.
At CHS, we are proud to support National Ag Day and promote the agricultural industry today and every day.  Hear from Sarah Gallo, Government Affairs Director for CHS on how your voice is important to the industry.
Your Voice is Important and People are Listening., by Sara Gallo


Students storm the Hill with fresh perspectives and CHS support

When people ask CHS Government Affairs staff what it’s like to work as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., they’re always curious about how the political landscape has changed in recent years. Sarah Gallo, director, CHS Government Affairs, is happy to share anecdotes, but she’d rather discuss how the conversation about agriculture has evolved. Students, farmers and the ag industry will carry that message to Capitol Hill on National Ag Day, to be celebrated March 20 in Washington, D.C., and across the country. (more…)

Food Drive At ABO Schools

CHS Harvest for Hunger Food Drive:
March is Harvest for Hunger month at CHS and with your support we will be able to fill the local food shelves. To help our local communities, CHS is joining forces with the ABO school district to hold a food drive. The drive will run from March 5th – March 19th and we’ve grouped classes together to compete for the most pounds of non-perishable items donated.

Teams are made up with the following classes, the team that brings in the most pounds of non-perishable items will win a pizza party!

Blunt Elementary
Kindergarten class and Aide with 11th Grade
1st Grade with 10th Grade
2nd Grade with 8th Grade
3rd Grade with 9th Grade
4th Grade with 7th Grade
5th Grade with 12th Grade
6th Grade with Admin and Other Staff

The K – 6th grade team will include their teachers. 7-12th grade class will include their class advisors.
Other staff consists of non-classroom teachers or those that are NOT class advisors.

The CHS Midwest Cooperative Onida Team will work to try and bring in more pounds of non-perishable items than the other teams.

All items collected from the Blunt Elementary will go to the Pierre Food Pantry, Onida donations will go to the Gettysburg Food Pantry.

We hope you will join us in helping fill the shelves for those in need within our communities! If you have any questions please contact our Onida Office at 258-2687 ask for Val Chicoine or Jolene Schall.

Winds of change in China

global agriculture

By Joe Lardy, research manager, CHS Hedging

China has had a long-standing policy to be self-sufficient in key food source production, including rice, wheat and corn. In 2004, the Chinese government made historic adjustments to its agriculture policy when it eliminated taxes on agriculture and created a new system of subsidies for key commodities. The subsidies supported seed and machinery purchases and resulted in improved infrastructure.

This set the stage for a huge buildup of acreage devoted to corn production. (more…)

CHS reports $180.1 million first quarter earnings for fiscal 2018

CHS President and CEO, Jay Debertin

CHS reported net income of $180.1 million for the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year (three-month period ended Nov. 30, 2017), compared to net income of $209.2 million for the same period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were $8.0 billion, the same as fiscal 2017. Pretax income was $199.6 million and $225.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively.

“Despite challenging market conditions, CHS experienced a solid first quarter thanks to our continued focus on three key priorities: strengthening relationships, sharpening operational excellence and restoring financial flexibility,” said CHS President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Debertin. “In the first quarter, we recorded solid earnings from our businesses and reduced long-term debt. These actions are helping to strengthen and grow CHS.”


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