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CHS celebrates National Co-op Month through cooperative education

October is National Co-op Month

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., announced it has awarded more than $440,000 in cooperative education grants to projects that will help students learn about the cooperative business model and what makes cooperatives unique.

“October is National Co-op Month to raise awareness about cooperatives. What better time to celebrate how the CHS Foundation has supported cooperative education projects for more than 20 years?” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. (more…)

FSA provides direct payments to producers for retaliatory tariff losses

Due to the current tariff situation with China, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced a market loss payment program called the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) for growers. This program includes a payment amount of 14 cents per bushel for wheat.

You can find more information about the program here. Producers may apply for MFP from September 4, 2018, through January 15, 2019.

Growers should contact their local FSA office to find out more about this payment.

How to maximize crop nutrients throughout the growing season

preventing Iron Deficiency Chlorosis in soybeans with Crop Nutrients

Image Courtesy of Kyle Schafer

Crops demand nutrition throughout the entire growing period, but most of them can’t utilize those nutrients effectively during early development. A shortage of nutrients can lead to significant yield loss and stunted plant development.

How effectively those nutrients are managed in the spring can affect how the crops look in the fall. Weather and other pest and weed influences can also impact crop growth and development, but good nutrient management is essential as crops reach the final stages of growth. As crops move through the grain fill period in the fall, growers need to keep an eye out for nutrient deficiency symptoms. (more…)

CHS Board announces patronage and equity distribution

Patronage and equity are key benefits for owners of CHS and the cooperative system. CHS is committed to distributing patronage and redeeming equity for its owners while maintaining a strong balance sheet so it can continue to provide owners with the goods, services and supply chain capabilities required for long-term success.

Following the close of fiscal 2018, the CHS Board of Directors has announced the following patronage and equity distribution decisions:
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Discussing potential trade policy impacts

trade policy
Trade is a critically important part of business for CHS and for our farmer-owners, yet U.S. trade policy remains uncertain and dynamic. Tariffs being applied to imports from China and other important international markets – and resulting retaliatory measures from our trading partners – could have an impact across the entire CHS enterprise.  This could offer significant challenges as our owners move toward harvest this fall. (more…)

Ephrata couple gain federal policy experience

Pictured from left to right: CHS CEO Jay Debertin with producers and New Leader Program participants Joshua Stutrud, Kevin and Jessica Severson, Julie and Scott Johnson, Stephanie and Brett Robinson, and Tyler Engstrom.

Brett and Stephanie Robinson of Ephrata, Washington, returned from their summer trip to Washington D.C. with a better understanding of federal policies facing the nation’s farmers. The Robinsons grow dry beans, sweet corn, grain corn, potatoes, peas, and onion seed in Grant County.

The Robinsons joined six other young producers for the Political Advocacy with CHS Government Affairs program, an extension of the CHS New Leaders program aimed at learning skills critical for engaging effectively and making a powerful impact on issues relevant to CHS and its owners. Participants were nominated by their co-op managers because of the potential they possess for leadership within their respective co-ops and the agriculture industry in general. The Robinsons were nominated by CHS SunBasin Growers.

The event was held in conjunction with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) annual Washington conference. The New Leaders also participated in NCFC’s Political Advocacy & Leadership (PAL) program for young producers.

As part of the Political Advocacy program, these next generation leaders joined CHS directors and senior leadership in meetings with members of Congress. CHS Government Affairs team explained how the legislative process operated and the most effective methods to make their voices heard on current issues facing farmers now and in the future.

CHS reports net income of $229.3 million for the 3rd quarter of fiscal 2018

CHS income
CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, reported net income on July 11, 2018, of $229.3 million for the third quarter of its 2018 fiscal year (three-month period ended May 31, 2018), compared to a net loss of $45.2 million for the same time period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 were $9.0 billion, up from $8.6 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Pretax income was $289.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2018, compared to a loss of $209.2 million for the same period the prior fiscal year.

“Thanks to the hard work of many throughout CHS, we’ve made great strides this year in strengthening relationships, optimizing operations and improving results from our core businesses,” said CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin. “The steps we’ve taken will better position us to navigate the inevitable cycles in agriculture and energy. I am proud of our team and their dedication and commitment to operating with excellence.” (more…)

The difference between drift and volatilization

herbicide application
Getting the most out of an herbicide application not only includes maximizing efficacy, but also minimizing damage caused by herbicides. Being aware of what can go wrong and how to avoid it can lead to effective, on-target herbicide applications and help growers have a successful growing season – without the distress and loss caused by applications gone awry.

Two threats to herbicide applications are drift and volatilization. While they may seem similar, they are quite unique and require different attention to ensure that neither occur. (more…)

Encourage your cooperative to apply for Seeds for Stewardship matching grants

Seeds for Stewardship matching grant
Spring and warmer weather are upon us. It’s a great time to plant the seed of community support and grow pride in your community by encouraging your local cooperative to apply for a Seeds for Stewardship matching grant. Since Seeds for Stewardship began in early 2017, CHS has partnered with more than 70 local cooperatives on more than 100 projects in rural communities. Your cooperative could be next!

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