Grant from CHS supports local 4-H building project

WINNER, SOUTH DAKOTA, June 11, 2019 –  The CHS retail business based out of Winner, South Dakota, has announced a $10,000 grant to Tripp County 4-H. This money will be used to build a new livestock facility at the Mid Dakota Fairgrounds.

“This donation from CHS puts us one step closer to being able to update our facility to provide safer housing for 4-H’ers and their animals during the fair, as well as having a space in our community that can be utilized year-round by other groups and organizations,” said Laura Kahler, Tripp County 4-H advisor.

This donation was made possible through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program, a competitive grant program that matches funds for projects in rural communities based on three core focus areas: safety, ag leadership development, and broad community engagement.

“CHS is invested in supporting the future of agriculture in our rural communities,” said Chuck Miller, interim general manager. “The future depends on our children. That’s why we feel it is important to support efforts like building a new livestock facility at the local fairgrounds. When communities have a place where they can support area youth, strong relationships are built, relationships that can help those communities thrive for generations to come.”

CHS locations apply for CHS Seeds for Stewardship grants on behalf of community organizations and projects.

“It is an honor to experience the trust and encouragement from CHS for this project. This facility will have an incredible impact on our community, especially our youth in agriculture,” said Wyatt DeJong, member of the Tripp County 4-H Livestock and Community Facility Committee. “Companies like CHS are a true blessing as they demonstrate their commitment to rural communities and strengthen the backbone industry of our county, state, and nation.”

“Our family does quite a lot of business with CHS and we so appreciate their giving back to the community and our youth. Working together to get things done!” said Marlajean Waters, Committee Member

As CHS supports community projects like this, it recognizes these projects also make an impact for its employees who live in these rural communities.

“We appreciate their support of the ag community in our area by supporting a facility that will be used by our youth for years to come,” said Rhonda Gilchrist, committee member and CHS employee.

Ready for Change

By Annette Bertelsen, from Spring 2019 C magazine

What happens when the world’s biggest buyer suddenly backs away from U.S. soybeans? That’s been a question on everyone’s mind since July 6, 2018, when the United States implemented China-specific tariffs. The move embroiled U.S. farmers and cooperatives in a trade war that hit the soybean world particularly hard. Spring USDA data shows 2018–2019 soybean export inspections down nearly 34 percent from the year before, with farms and cooperatives struggling to handle huge carryover and reduced cash flow.

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Check for underground utilities before digging

Whether your spring to-do list includes building a fence or planting trees – breaking ground should always be done with caution. April is National Safe Digging Month so remember, your best line of defense before digging is to call 811, a free service that marks underground utilities and pipelines. Many of these are less than a foot underground. 

The process is simple: Call 811 or visit clickbeforeyoudig.com three days before a digging project, wait for underground utilities to be marked and don’t dig within two feet of those markers.  

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It’s best to call 811 any time you break ground, even if you think you know where a utility line is located. “In the U.S., an underground utility is hit every nine minutes, causing dangerous consequences,” says Tina Beach, public awareness specialist for CHS. “It takes a lifetime to build a farm, and it takes just one free call to keep it safe.”  

3 equipment tips to get the most out of a short planting season

Planting Equipment Tips

By Mimi Falkman, senior marketing specialist, CHS Lubricants

Planting season is always a busy time of year on the farm, but it can be especially tight when winter overstays its welcome. A short spring means there’s even less time than usual for farmers to complete some of the most important work of the year.

During a condensed planting season, equipment is under added stress because it needs to work overtime to meet demands. To keep machines protected and operating at peak performance during a shorter spring, farmers can set themselves up for success by preparing their equipment and fluids while the fields are still wet.

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CHS reports $596.3 million of net income for first six months of fiscal 2019

CHS Income

CHS Inc. reported net income of $248.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 and $596.3 million for the first six months of fiscal 2019.

“Our strong performance in the second quarter reflects our hard work at serving our owners and other customers better. We’ve refocused on serving our customers and improving our operations, and that has shown positive results in our financials for the first half of fiscal 2019,” said Jay Debertin, CHS president and chief executive officer. “Our performance also reflects the benefit of a diverse platform across business units that serves our cooperative and farmer-owners.”

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Recognize, respect risks associated with grain handling

Grain powers American agriculture. During Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week, March 25 through 29, we want to remind everyone working on farms and in grain-handling facilities to respect and understand the risks associated with working with grain.

“It’s important to continue to work with the industry, our employees and our farmer-owners on the hazards in the grain industry, while stressing safe practices and controls to ensure their safety,” says Matt Surdick, manager, Country Operations Environment, Health and Safety, CHS.

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It Takes Talent to Feed the World

By Nanci Lilja, President, CHS Foundation

When most people think of agriculture, they wonder how we are going to feed the growing population of 9.6 billion by 2050. And while that’s an important question to consider, I find myself thinking more often about the individuals needed to fill the talent pipeline to feed that growing population.

With nearly 4 in 10 agriculture jobs going unfilled each year and the average-age of farmers ever increasing, it’s going to take a pragmatic, creative approach to encourage young people to pursue careers in agriculture.

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CHS adds crop protection distribution with acquisition of West Central

West Central Distribution

CHS has completed the acquisition of West Central Distribution, LLC, a full-service wholesale distributor of agronomy products headquartered in Willmar, Minnesota.

“Completing the acquisition of West Central demonstrates our commitment to provide more of the products, services and technologies cooperatives, retailers and our farmer-owners need to compete,” said Gary Halvorson, senior vice president, CHS Agronomy. “Ownership of West Central expands our agronomy platform, positions CHS as a leading supply partner to cooperatives and retailers serving growers throughout the United States and adds value for CHS owners.”

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