Posts By: Meghan Hinnenkamp

10 Tips to Prevent Slips and Falls on Ice

  1. Evaluate the drainage of your roofs and parking lots to ensure water is being moved away from walkways.
  2. Implement an inspection process to identify areas where ice and snow accumulate. Inspections should be conducted routinely regardless of weather conditions.
  3. Ensure that adequate snow removal equipment and salt or ice-melt is kept on hand.
  4. Clear footwear of ice and snow as possible when entering buildings.
  5. Ensure that proper footwear is worn by all employees including office workers. Look into ice cleats for those individuals who spend a significant amount of time outside.
  6. Ensure floor mats are located at entrances of buildings to address water accumulation from ice and snow on footwear.
  7. Use railings when climbing or descending stairs.
  8. Maintain three points of control when mounting or dismounting vehicles and ladders.
  9. Avoid carrying tools or materials as this can affect your stability and view of what is in front of you.
  10. Ice and snow means take it slow!

Cenex® Premium Diesel Winter Additives

The harsh, bitter cold winter is upon us and it is going to be a long one. To help keep equipment going strong, during these brutal temperatures, you need to be using Cenex® winterized premium diesel fuels. All Cenex winter premium diesel fuels come preblended with special additives to help engines operate at their peak during these cold temperatures. 

Let’s discuss the winter fuel additives found in Cenex® premium diesel fuels; wax crystal modifiers, de-icers and wax anti-settling agents. Each one has their own importance but when they are combined, they optimize power and engine performance to minimize costly downtime.

Wax crystal modifiers
Wax crystal modifiers change the size and shape of wax crystals, from flat to pin-like structures, preventing them from bonding together. Wax crystals stay small enough to flow through the fuel filter. They create a porous wax cake on the fuel filter, allowing continued fuel flow until the engine heats up.

De-icers
De-icers dramatically lower the point at which any water in the fuel system freezes. This helps reduce moisture related problems.

Wax anti-settling agents
Wax anti-settling agents reduce the settling of wax crystals in vehicle tanks and above-ground storage tanks, which clog filters and other fuel system components.

Cenex winterized premium diesel fuels are an investment that pay for itself with cold-weather protection, fuel efficient starts, a smoother running engine and proven power. The most important difference is the one you’ll see on the bottom line. Keep your equipment operating all year long, contact your Cenex Representative to learn more about the line-up of Cenex winterized premium diesel fuels.

Article courtesy of Cenex.

The Importance of Premium Quality Tractor Hydraulic Fluids

Today’s agricultural equipment is expected to work harder than ever before—covering more acreage and running for longer hours to get the job done. With the amount of stress equipment must handle, a high-quality lubricant is crucial for protecting metal components from extreme field conditions. 

Using a premium quality tractor hydraulic fluid (THF), provides users with the peace of mind that their equipment is protected from the beginning of harvest to the end. But what does the term “premium” really mean?

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CHS to build new elevator facility in Herman, Minnesota

Pictured: Members of the local CHS board and staff members pose during a ceremonial groundbreaking event at the site of the new facility

CHS recently announced the decision to build a new, state-of-the-art elevator facility at its Herman location. The build will supplement the current elevator in town and will sit at a site north of the CHS agronomy center. Construction is projected to start in August 2019 with the project finalized and ready to receive grain for harvest in September 2020. 

“CHS has been part of our community since 1909, when the Herman Market Company was founded,” says General Manager Jerry Kramer. “In building this new grain facility in our town, we look forward to supporting our community and area farmers for hopefully another 110 years.”

The new facility will add 1.4 million bushels of upright concrete storage with three dump pits and an RFID card system for quick and efficient grain delivery for farmers. Grain-receiving capacity at the site will be up to 75,000 bushels per hour. Kramer says that while the new site will have the size and scale to handle the majority of the cooperative’s bushel receipts, CHS will continue to operate the downtown grain elevator to create the quickest delivery experience for growers during the heat of harvest and other key delivery times. Combined storage with the two sites will reach 3.4 million bushels, with five dump pits with receiving capacity over 100,000 bushels per hour.

The Herman-based retail business delivers agronomy, energy and grain products and services to Minnesota and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from locations in 12 communities. It is part of CHS Inc., 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 helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients along with financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

This document and other CHS Inc. publicly available documents contain, and CHS officers and representatives may from time to time make, “forward–looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Report Act of 1995. Forward–looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “seek,” “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “expect,” “strategy,” “future,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar references to future periods. Forward–looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on CHS current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its businesses, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward–looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of CHS control. CHS actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward–looking statements. Important factors that could cause CHS actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements are discussed or identified in CHS public filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” discussion in Item 1A of CHS Annual Report on Form 10–K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2018. Any forward–looking statements made by CHS in this document are based only on information currently available to CHS and speak only as of the date on which the statement is made. CHS undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward–looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Use Three Points of Contact When Climbing Ladders

Safety for our staff and member-owners is of the utmost importance to the team at CHS Prairie Lakes. Read below to learn more about how to safely climb ladders and up equipment.

Three Points of Contact

The safest way to mount and dismount vehicles, equipment, and ladders is to maintain three points of constant contact. That means one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot – at all times. Anything less and you’re risking a fall. 

Proper form for climbing up equipment.

Tips for Using the THREE POINT System:
– Always face towards the equipment.
– Get a firm grip on the rails or handles.
– Look for obstacles on the ground before exiting.
– Mount and dismount when the equipment is stopped.
– Break the three-point contact only when you reach the ground, cab, or platform.
– Slow down and take extra care in wet, snowy, or icy weather.
– Avoid wearing loose or torn clothing that can catch on the equipment.
– Wear shoes with good support.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:
– Never jump – you may land off balance or on an uneven surface and fall.
– Don’t climb down with something in your free hand – put it on the vehicle floor and reach up for it when you get to the ground.
– Don’t use tires or wheel hubs as a step surface.
– Don’t use the door frame or door edge as a handhold.

See this and other seasonally-relevant safety tips on our website!

Meet Our 2019 Interns

Get to know members of our 2019 summer intern team below. The group started mid-May and will be with us until August, where all are returning to college to pursue a degree in their selected fields. We wish them all the best this summer and hope they learn a lot to utilize in their future careers!

Area producers share in local CHS patronage distribution

HERMAN, MINNESOTA, April 8, 2019 – Eligible farmer-owners of CHS Border States and CHS New Horizons, two retail businesses that consolidated on Sept. 1, 2018, and now form the CHS retail business based out of Herman, Minnesota, shared in the recent distribution of cash patronage and equity based on business done with the co-op.

“We’re extremely proud to share this important cooperative membership benefit with our customers,” said Jerry Kramer, general manager. “Delivering an economic return to them on the business they do with CHS is one more way we help our owners grow.”

CHS Border States allocated a total of $1,515,071.64 in patronage dividends to its eligible members based on business done Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018, of which $267,713.25 is being paid out in cash. CHS New Horizons allocated a total of $2,215,658.20 in patronage dividends to its eligible members during that same time period, of which $592,958.38 is being paid out in cash.

Overall, CHS Inc. will return $150 million in cash patronage and equity redemption to its owners in 2019, part of the cooperative’s commitment to sharing profits with our owners and returning money to rural America where it can be reinvested in the community. More than 840 local cooperatives and 25,000 farmers share in this distribution of cash patronage and equity redemptions.

The percentage returned to owners is determined annually by the CHS Board of Directors.  

“Returning cash to our owners enables farmers, ranchers and cooperatives to invest in their own futures,” said Dan Schurr, chairman of the CHS Board.

In the past 12 years, CHS has returned about $3.5 billion to its owners in the form of cash patronage.

The Herman-based retail business delivers agronomy, energy and grain products and services to Minnesota and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from 19 locations. It is part of CHS Inc., 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 helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients along with financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

This document and other CHS Inc. publicly available documents contain, and CHS officers and representatives may from time to time make, “forward–looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Report Act of 1995. Forward–looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “seek,” “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “expect,” “strategy,” “future,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar references to future periods. Forward–looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on CHS current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its businesses, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward–looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of CHS control. CHS actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward–looking statements. Important factors that could cause CHS actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements are discussed or identified in CHS public filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” discussion in Item 1A of CHS Annual Report on Form 10–K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2018. Any forward–looking statements made by CHS in this document are based only on information currently available to CHS and speak only as of the date on which the statement is made. CHS undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward–looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

CHS supports hometown community safety initiative through donation to Ortonville Fire Department


Chuck Henningson, Kirby Athey & Jared Nordly

Herman, MN (May 2, 2019) – CHS announced a $1,550 grant to Ortonville Fire Department in Ortonville, MN. The funds supported the purchase of a gas meter, which will be used to assist responders during rescue calls. The gas meter is a hand-held sensor that is used to alert if there is a propane or natural gas leak and to confirm safe oxygen levels.

“We’re proud to support this project as a way to strengthen the community and see it thrive,” says Jared Nordly, CHS Agronomy Division Manager. “Projects like this are essential to enriching our rural area and the people who live here.”

The funds contributed by CHS were matched dollar for dollar by a CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant, which helps cooperatives grow their impact locally. Together, $1,550 will benefit Herman Fire Department.

“Cooperatives were founded on the principles of education, community involvement and cooperation,” says Nordly. “By combining resources, we are providing double the impact to our area and demonstrating the cooperative spirit.”

Providing products and services in the agronomy, energy, and grain markets with locations in the communities of Browns Valley, Chokio, Clinton, Donnelly, Fergus Falls, Herman, Milbank, Morris, Ortonville, Sisseton, Underwood & Wilmot, CHS is here to supply for your needs. For more on what’s new and to learn more about how our company gives back, visit us at www.chs-herman.com, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Herman Fire Department Refreshes Propane Safety Training

Photo credit to Luke Christians, CHS employee

HERMAN, MINNESOTA, April 22, 2019 – Local firefighters in the Herman area will be best prepared to respond to a propane emergency following the propane safety training held last week.

Herman Fire and Rescue held a training on April 15th that included a hands-on propane burn, where members of the department practiced controlling and extinguishing a propane gas fire.  CHS supported the event by donating propane for the burn. 

“At CHS, we spend a significant amount of time and energy ensuring safety for our patrons,” says Dustin Umlauf, Energy Manager with CHS.  “Having the opportunity to support safety initiatives in the community, like this propane release training, is just another way we can ensure propane users in our community are in good hands.”

As a home heat, agricultural, and commercial propane supplier, CHS is proud to support trainings and events like this that bring a greater level of safety to our communities.  With locations in Browns Valley, Chokio, Clinton, Donnelly, Fergus Falls, Herman, Milbank, Morris, Ortonville, Sisseton, Underwood and Wilmot, CHS is here to supply for your needs. For more on what’s new at CHS, visit our website at www.chs-herman.com, find our page on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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