Special Alert- General Manager Updates on COVID-19

March 19, 2020

As you are aware, the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. Safety is a core value for CHS Midwest Cooperative and includes a focus on the health and wellbeing of our employees, families, customers and owners, and the communities in which we live and work.

We understand that spring is here, and I want to emphasize; we are open for business. We are simply adjusting some protocols. CHS Midwest Cooperative has implemented the following changes effective Thursday, March 19th, until further notice: 

  • We are limiting access at all locations. We respectfully ask you to contact us through phone or email whenever possible. Some of our locations have enacted split shift schedules; staff that can work remotely, have been asked to do so and will be available via phone or e-mail.
  • If you need a grain check, please contact us and we will mail it promptly, deliver it to local bank for deposit or setup a pickup location outside of the office. 
  • All visitors to our office will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our facilities. We are also asking all staff and visitors to adhere to the 6-foot distance recommended by the CDC to reduce virus spread.
  • For in-home propane leak checks, inspections or service; customers will be asked to complete a simple screening questionnaire prior to any CHS employee providing in-home service work.    
  • We have restricted face-to-face meetings. Our sales staff will conduct business via phone, text or email. As a company that prides itself on the relationships we have built, this will be a difficult change. However, face-to-face meetings pose a greater risk for everyone involved. If you need to conduct critical business that requires an in-person meeting, please call for an appointment to confirm access to the facility and availability of staff.
  • We ask you to call ahead for product pickup whenever possible, our team will ensure that everything is ready to load upon your arrival.
  •  For those customers or vendors delivering grain or picking up products, we ask that you limit your time in the office to essential business. At some locations, we are asking drivers to remain in their cab. Please check our location policies or watch for information and direction upon arrival.

We will adjust our practices as necessary in the coming days, weeks or months. Rest assured, it is our commitment that we will continue to provide excellent service and support throughout this unprecedented time, even if we must do it differently. We value your business, your trust in CHS Midwest Cooperative and appreciate your understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming normal interactions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Milt Handcock
General Manager
CHS Midwest Cooperative

Philip Elevator Closed Today

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 24, 2018

 Media Statement from CHS

This morning as staff were filling a bin with wheat at the CHS Midwest Co-op location in Philip, SD, they noticed some stressing of the bin exterior. Filling was immediately stopped and local emergency support was called to establish a safety perimeter around the bin site. At this time, a very controlled emptying of the bin is being administered under the supervision of a grain engineering expert who is on-site.

This process is purposely slow and methodical in order to manage emptying the bin in the safest way possible. There is no imminent danger to the downtown area or surrounding community.

CHS will continue to provide updates on the site situation.

CHS is always grateful to the swift response and professional support the local volunteer fire department offers the Philip location and surrounding community.

CHS places employee and community safety as a top priority and conducts numerous safety drills throughout the year, which includes the staff’s ability to identify and mitigate potential situations like this.

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 www.fieldwatch.com and create an account to get started. For additional resources you can also visit www.fieldwatch.com/resources.

Contact UsKathy Zander, Executive Director

Roxanne Rice, Finance Director

Phone:  605/224-2445

Fax: 605/224-9913

Email:  info@sdaba.org

Website:  www.sdaba.org

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