CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today reported net income of $775.9 million for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, 2018.
“Our fiscal 2018 results show the progress we are making on the priorities we set for CHS,” said Jay Debertin, CHS president and chief executive officer. “Our year-over-year financial performance shows good improvement, our balance sheet is solid, and our relationships with cooperative owners are strong. The diverse CHS business platform allowed us to deliver improved earnings and enables us to return $150 million in cash patronage and equity redemptions to owners even as we navigated challenging market conditions.” (more…)
By Erin Wroge, CHS market supervisor, Cenex brand lubricants
Choosing the right engine oil for your equipment can get complicated fast. Today’s diesel engine oils are more advanced than ever, and with all the options on the market today, it’s no wonder if your head is spinning. Viscosity control? Shear stability? TBN retention? It can almost feel like you need an advanced degree in mechanical engineering just to pick the right product for your equipment.
Not everyone is a lubricants expert, and they shouldn’t have to be. Still, choosing the right engine oil is a critical decision. The oil inside your heavy-duty equipment is a protective barrier against thousands of pounds of pressure and constant stress. Without the right premium lubricant, your equipment can wear itself down to the bone — incurring costly damage and downtime.
The good news is that picking an engine oil doesn’t have to be rocket science. Cenex® offers a full line of high-quality lubricants designed to meet a variety of heavy-duty applications. To determine which product is right for your operation, just ask yourself these four simple questions. (more…)
CHS SunBasin Growers will be holding its annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 16, in conjunction with a grower education meeting. We encourage to you attend this meeting to gain valuable insight into the 2019 growing season, participate in the governance of your cooperative and learn about the future direction of CHS SunBasin Growers.
The day will begin at 8 a.m. with the CHS SunBasin Growers annual meeting where management, your producer board and other CHS leaders will provide an operational update. The day will also include a comprehensive grower education series, including the opportunity for producers to earn continuing education credits for their Washington State Department of Agriculture pesticide license. Representatives from various industry-related and chemical companies will be speaking. The meeting will include complimentary lunch for all attendees.
CHS SunBasin Growers
Annual Meeting and Grower Education Friday, Nov. 16, 2018
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. with lunch provided
Advanced Technologies Education Center (ATEC) Building
Big Bend Community College campus
7611 Bolling Street NE
Moses Lake, Washington
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…)
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.
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…)
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: (more…)
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…)
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.