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CHS Midwest Cooperative Customer Corner:

CHS Inc. is the industries leading farmer-owned cooperative and global energy, grains and food company.  CHS Inc. board is made up of 17 full-time farmers and ranchers.  CHS Midwest Cooperative would not be possible without our farmer-owners.  The CHS Midwest Cooperative customer corner will highlight customers in the area receiving awards and recognition for their outstanding work in the agricultural industry.

Gary Haiwick – 2016 Honorary Agriculturalist
Gary Haiwick was recently honored at the 93rd Little International at South Dakota State University. Gary grew up on a ranch outside of Highmore and attended the Highmore High School Graduating in 1959. He went on to be the first member of his family to attend college, majoring in Animal Science at SDSU. While at SDSU he was involved in many organizations including the Rodeo Club, Ag House (now Alpha Gamma Rho), Little International Staff, and the Board of Control. He also met his wife, Gloria Truckenmiller, at SDSU who was a Home Economics Major. After graduation in 1963, Gary later went on to graduate school, completing his Masters focused on Animal Nutrition under Dr. Embry.In 1970, Gary returned to the family ranch and began taking over the main operations. It was during that time they expanded the cow and sheep operation to 400 head each. Gary knew the importance of getting youth involved in agricultural organizations such as 4-H. He not only got his family involved, but he also helped others in the community by providing sheep for them to exhibit and livestock for judging events. Gary and his wife Gloria’s service to the agricultural youth was recognized in 2008 when they were inducted into the South Dakota 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame. Gary just completed his 45th year of showing open class Rambouillets and over the years has received awards at the state level for champion ewes, rams, and premier exhibitor.Today, Gary, along with the help of his youngest daughter Paula, her husband, and their two children; is still operating the family ranch outside of Highmore. His work ethic and dedication to his work haven’t diminished, you’ll still find him out in the pastures and yards everyday.The recognition of Honorary Agriculturalist is a testament to his life’s long work and his dedication to doing his part to make a long and lasting positive impact on the agricultural industry.

Hovland Family
Larry Reinhold made a special presentation in honor of  his dad, Tige Reinhold, during the Hereford Show at the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo®. The elder Reinhold passed away last summer and the family felt this would be a great way to honor him and his love of the Hereford breed. The Reinhold family attended the stock show every year, especially the Hereford show and sale. The Hovland family of Milesville was selected this year to be the first family to receive the honor, a limited edition print by Bob York. From left are Allen Hovland, Miles and Erin Hovland, holding Eli, and Reinhold. In front are Connor and Mackenzie Hovland. The print is from an original painting York made for the Reinhold family shortly after the Atlas blizzard. York and the Reinholds hope to present signed limited prints in the future to other families that are Hereford breeders and have strong family traditions which include passing the love of the Hereford breed from generation to generation (Story Courtesy of the Pioneer Review)

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Jon & Theresa Beastrom
“These sheep operations have elite skills, practices, and production outcomes,” said Jeff Held, Professor & SDSU Extension Sheep Specialist.
Theresa and Jon Beastrom of Beastrom Targhees, were recently recognized as one of the 2015 Master Lamb Producers.
We congratulate the Beastrom Family on receiving this outstanding award.
Theresa and Jon Beastrom

Carson Carlisle Family
Carson Carlisle was recently named the 2015 Farmer/Rancher of the Year at the 33rd Annual Pierre Area Chamber Ag Appreciation Banquet.
Congratulations to Carson and his family on this outstanding accomplishment.

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