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
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…)
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!
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.
CHS is teaming up with local farmers to fight hunger in rural America. The CHS Harvest for Hunger food, grain and fund drive begins March 1 and continues through March 20 at your nearest CHS location.
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…)
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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.”
High school students across the United States are encouraged to share their views about agriculture’s role in a growing world through the 2018 National Ag Day Essay Contest.
The contest deadline is January 31. This year’s theme is “How Will Agriculture Feed the World?” The contest, organized through Agriculture Council of America (ACA), is divided into two categories: the written essay contest and the video essay contest. Both are national competitions and there will be one winner for each category. (more…)