June is National Safety Month. CHS and Nationwide are proud to share a partnership focused on safety. The following information is provided by Nationwide, the #1 farm and ranch writer in the U.S.*
Safely navigating large agricultural equipment over rural roads to and from the fields is a challenge for even the best drivers. Nationwide reminds farmers to consider the following rules on the safe operation of equipment to help reduce the risk of motor vehicle collisions.
HERMAN, MN. (June 11, 2021) – Over the past year, it has become even more clear that local food shelves and pantries play an important role in communities. The CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign has supported those local organizations in their fight against hunger since 2011. This year, local efforts helped raise more than $20,000 to distribute to local food shelves, pantries and local organizations.
“We have seen increased demand for our local food shelves and food pantries over the past year due to the pandemic,” says Jerry Kramer, general manager, CHS. “Our employees, farmers and communities put cooperative spirit into action to help support these essential organizations in their efforts to feed those in need in our communities through our CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign.”
CHS Harvest for Hunger is organized by CHS Country Operations, the ag retail division of CHS. During March, CHS employees from locations across the United States worked with farmers, ranchers, community organizations and schools to raise $509,184 and 114,746 pounds of food to be distributed to food shelves, pantries and community organizations.
The funds for this program were collected from local producers who generously donated grain to CHS. The cash from those donated bushels was then used as the official donation to our local food shelves, pantries, and local organizations.
With this year’s total, CHS has now raised more than $6.8 million and nearly 3.9 million pounds of food since the campaign was first launched in 2011.
CHS, based in Herman, ag retail business delivers agronomy, energy, and grain products and services to Minnesota and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from eleven locations. It is part of CHS Inc., (www.chsinc.com) a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, seed, crop protection products, grain marketing services, production and agricultural services, animal nutrition products, foods and food ingredients, and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries and pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
Jacob Gillespie is a junior at South Dakota State University and is currently majoring in Precision Agriculture and Agronomy. He grew up an a farm outside of Clinton, MN and has worked at Bauers Countryside Ag as well as the Soil and Water Conservation Department. He hopes to one day pursue a career in wild rice agronomy in Northern Minnesota.
Jessica Fenhaus attended Lake Area Technical College for two years and has received her Associates of Science Degree in Ag Business. She plans on continuing her education at South Dakota State University this fall, majoring in Agronomy. Although this is her first summer working for CHS, she has had previous experience working at Wilbur Ellis and on the farm with her dad.
In her internship, she has already learned so much. As summer comes, she is ready to get more involved in scouting and learning as much as she can from the agronomists in her area. She enjoys getting to go to the different locations and seeing the different methods and aspects of the business and farming sides.
Karmen Sperr grew up in Donnelly, MN on her family’s farm where they grow corn, soybeans, and wheat and they also raise pigs. Karmen graduated from Morris Area in High School in 2020 where she was actively involved in FFA. She was also very involved in the Stevens County 4-H program for 13 years. FFA and 4-H are really what drove her passion for agriculture and her decision to major in Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Leadership with a minor in Animal Science at South Dakota State University. In college, Karmen is involved in the Sigma Alpha Sorority, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Swine Club, Prexy Council, Little International, Student’s Association Senate, and the CAFES Ambassador Program. Karmen enjoys many aspects of the ag industry and hopes to one day be an advocate for the industry by working for a commodity group in the Midwest.
Karmen is very excited for her internship this summer and she is excited to see what she can learn in her experiences to strengthen her knowledge about the ag industry.
Moriah Tamilin is currently double majoring in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Central Florida, and she is looking to switch to a more agriculture-focused program in the fall semester. Her experience lies in Horticulture and Landscaping, but she has been given an incredible introduction to the Ag industry through CHS. She says that “the learning opportunity the CHS has granted in this internship has been both overwhelming and fulfilling.”
Moriah is passionate about learning more regarding soil science and soil health. She is particularly fascinated in exploring the efficacy of bioremediation methods. Though it may be years away, she is curious in how bioremediation methods will be made accessible to growers with a limited ability to invest.
As CHS continues to strategically align our cooperative, we are advancing an integrated, enterprise product line and supply chain to bring one consistent approach to our customers and farmer-owners. To accomplish this, the producer boards and management teams of CHS Prairie Lakes and CHS based in Herman, Minnesota have made the decision to consolidate the two business units within CHS.
The two CHS business units have complimentary locations and other operational efficiencies and jointly leveraging our business, assets, products and services will create value for our owners while improving services and offerings to better serve customers. The energy teams began working together this year and have discovered significant opportunities for growth and improved customer service through this partnership. We look forward to scaling that success to other core areas.
Tentative plan is to finalize consolidation by fiscal year end on Aug. 31, 2021. Carl Younce, interim general manager of CHS Prairie Lakes, will continue through the end of May. At that time, Jerry Kramer, current general manager of CHS in Herman, will take over management responsibilities for both business units and serve as the general manager of the combined business. Our goal is to determine the rest of the senior leadership team for the new consolidated business unit by the end of fiscal year 2021.
This consolidation allows us to deliver on Country Operations strategy by streamlining our services and offerings while capitalizing on economies of scale and more efficient use of assets and resources across the expanded geographical territory.
As our customers and owners, you should see little change in how you interact with CHS on a day-to-day business as we will be offering all the same products and services you expect and need from us.
Our focus continues to be on delivering solutions to you that make it easy, helpful and rewarding to do business with CHS.
Thank you for your support, Steven Deal, Chair, CHS based in Herman, Minnesota & Brian Jergenson, Chair, CHS Prairie Lakes