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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.

CHS Lumen: Premium Starter Fertilizer

By Andy Clauson, CHS Key Agronomy Specialist

I’d like to introduce CHS Lumen as our newest premium starter fertilizer.  CHS Lumen brings the ideal nutrient ratios to in furrow technology.  With the ideal ratio of N: P being 1:3, CHS Lumen has an analysis of 5-15-3-0.1 Fe- 0.8 Zn.  Along with that ideal ratio of nutrients, CHS has also added in our patent pending Ortho-Ortho EDDHA chelate to make nutrients in the soil like phosphorus and zinc more available to the plant.  The combination of these nutrients and chelate is nothing new to the marketplace, but what makes CHS Lumen unique is the addition of the Hemicellulase enzyme.  Unlike adding microbial products to the tank which can be inconsistent and temperature dependent, the Hemicellulase enzyme is active at all temperatures above freezing.  This enzyme helps make nutrients more available to the plant as well as converting organic matter into simple sugars to kick start the microbial activity in the soil.  Standard use rates in corn and sugar beets are 3 gals/A, in soybeans 1.5 gal/A, and in potatoes 3-5 gals/A.  This is a low salt, seed safe product, but I would recommend mixing some water to get a mix of 5 gal/A or more for coverage.  Contact your local CHS agronomy sales representative with any questions about CHS Lumen.

Cenex Total Protection Plan® pays $23,000 for tractor repair

Herman, Minn farmer benefits from Cenex warranty program

Photo L to R: Mark Severance; Dustin Umlauf, CHS Energy Division Manager & Tyler Nordby

The Cenex Total Protection Plan has been in place for over 50 years. Mark Severance, Herman MN farmer, has been adding his eligible equipment to the program since 2001, around the time when the co-op in Herman began offering the program to its patrons.

Having enrolled nineteen pieces of equipment in the warranty program over the years, Severance is quick to say the program is well worth it.  “We’ve added every piece of equipment that we can [to the program],” says Severance, and over the years he’s filed a few claims.  In April 2019, Cenex Total Protection Program again proved its worth to Severance, when he was awarded a check for over $23,000 to cover the repair expense for the front planetary on one of his tractors. 

The Cenex Total Protection Plan provides peace of mind for farmers, especially during the busiest times of the year.  By using Cenex Ruby Fieldmaster Premium Diesel Fuels and Cenex lubricants, users can get up to 10 years or 10,000 hours of engine and transmission coverage for new equipment (8 years or 8,000 hours on used equipment) as an extension of the original equipment manufacturers’ warranties.  LubeScan® oil analysis fluid sample reports taken regularly through the program also identify internal equipment condition issues early to stay ahead of potential downtime. 

Enrollment in the program is simple, and at $299 for new equipment ($399 for used), the upfront cost is a small price to pay for the value the program provides.  Contact a member of the CHS Energy Department for additional information on this program and how to enroll today.

Propane Tank Maintenance

Mother Nature has made it clear this year that winter is here to stay!  
Keep warm until the warm weather returns by keeping these tips in mind as it relates to your propane tank.

  • Keep a path from your driveway to your propane tank clear and free of snow. Failure to do so will impact our delivery team’s ability to fill your propane tank. We want to ensure you have heat all winter, but we need your help to ensure we can access it. We recommend clearing a path after each snowfall and whenever drifting occurs, to keep the path accessible for propane delivery trucks.
  • Keep your tank free from deep snow coverage. Propane tanks that are covered in deep snow are at greater risk for leaks, as the fittings, joints, and even the whole tank (with deep snowfall) can shift due to the weight of the snow.  Snow-covered tanks can also prevent any leaking gas from escaping, causing a dangerous gas build-up.  The snow also impacts how well your tank operates, as heavy cover can cause improper vaporization.  Stay safe and keep your propane system fully functioning by periodically brushing the tank off this winter.
  • Ensure safe practices when clearing snow. Keep safety top of mind around your propane tank this winter—be sure to exercise care when using heavy equipment to move snow, and use a broom (rather than a shovel) to clear snow from the tank to avoid puncturing the tank.
  • As always, if you smell gas, leave the area immediately! Avoid flames and sparks—don’t turn on light switches, and wait to use your cell phone until you are away from the area.  If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve on the tank; then, report the leak, using a phone from a safe distance away from the leak.

If you have any questions regarding your propane service or are looking to lock in heating gallons, please give our office a call at 218-739-3521.

2018 Annual Meeting

Due to weather, the original event was canceled. Given our nearness to the spring planting season, the annual meeting update has been included in existing location agronomy meetings. Meetings in Ortonville and Corona are held March 26, meetings in Herman are held April 4, and Fergus Falls meetings are held April 5.

It was a big year with the unification of CHS Border States and CHS New Horizons!
A new name calls for a new layout to the annual meeting.
We’re excited about the agenda we have planned for the event and hope you can attend!

Join us at your local CHS annual meeting and learn more about what happened at your cooperative during the past year.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Location: North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND
Start Time: 9AM

9:00 – 10:00 – Business Meeting
Election of board members, financial report & 2018 year in review

10:00 – 11:45 – Breakout Speakers

Global Agriculture: What’s Your Fit?
Presented by Brian Schouvieller, Senior Vice President, CHS Global Grain Marketing
How does your farming operation fit into the
global ag market? Brain will discuss
the global footprint of CHS, along with a high-level
trade summary, to answer this question.

News About Nitrogen
Presented by Jim Carlson, Crop Nutrients Regional Sales Manager
Unlike grain markets, fertilizer prices have been
trending up. Why aren’t prices for these
commodities linked more closely? We will
explain how market trends, trade flows, industry
dynamics, global geopolitical influences and
weather patterns affect fertilizer prices.

State Capitol Views
Presented by Jake Hamlin, CHS Government Affairs
What is the latest on the proposed Nitrogen
rule? Why is there a push for statewide grain
elevator checkoff dollars? How likely are tax
credits for buffer strips? What are state officials
doing toward a global trade resolution? Jake
Hamlin will cover these topics, among others,
during his presentation.

11:45 – 12:20 – Keynote Speaker

Bull or Bear? The Great Debate

This session pits Mosaic’s two veteran analysts (Dr. Mike Rahm & Andy Jung) against each other in two informal, and somewhat irreverent, debates about the phosphate and potash outlooks. Based on a coin toss, one analyst will argue the bull case while the other will argue the bear case, with the audience ultimately deciding the most convincing and winning argument.

12:20 – 1:20 – Lunch


Contact a CHS staff member to learn more about the event! Invitations have been mailed directly to member-owners of the cooperative.

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