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2018 Annual Meeting

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.
Details are still being finalized, but we’re excited to share the speakers we have lined up for the 2018 annual meeting: we’ve got some great information to share!

Join us at the 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

The event will begin with a presentation of our local business news and financials from the past year.
Speakers for the event will include:

Brian Schouvieller, Senior Vice President, CHS Global Grain Marketing
Jason Marthaler, Director of Risk Management, CHS Agronomy
Jake Hamlin, Director, CHS Government Affairs
Dr. Mike Rahm & Andy Jung, Mosaic analysts, presenting Bull or Bear? The Great Debate.

Updates to the annual meeting agenda will continue to be made here; check back for more information in the coming weeks!





1099 Notice

Updated Notice (February 18, 2019):

Revised 1099s were sent in the mail Friday, February 15th to members, along with a letter outlining information regarding the 1099s. Please note the 1099s being mailed are not replacements to the one you already received, but rather an additional statement to provide your tax preparer. Please keep a watch on your mail this week to collect this statement.

We appreciate your understanding of this situation and welcome any additional questions.

Original Notice (February 6, 2019):

On your CHS 1099 PATR box 3 if you had any grain transactions where you received payment in the time frame of 01/01/18-08/31/18 this information may not be showing on your 1099 detail statement or included in your 1099 box 3 amount.  We are working to have corrected 1099’s sent out. 
We apologize for this error and we will have it corrected as soon as we have the new amounts.  Thank you.

CHS Reports $347 million first quarter fiscal 2019 net income

CHS Inc. has reported a net income of $347.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. “Our strong first quarter results position us well as we start our 2019 fiscal year,” said Jay Debertin, CHS president and chief executive officer. “We are focused on making CHS our customers’ first choice by advancing our technology solutions and equipping employees to meet the changing needs of our customers around the world. We will do this while maintaining financial discipline and rigor.”

Key financial highlights for the quarter that ended Nov. 30, 2018, include:

  • Net income of $347.1 million, an increase of $159.9 million from the restated first quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Consolidated revenues of $8.5 billion, a $452.4 million increase from the restated first period of fiscal 2018.
  • Pretax income of $367.2 million, an increase of $159.4 million from the restated first period of fiscal 2018.
  • Improved crude oil pricing, which drove higher refining margins.
  • Favorable market conditions in the crop nutrients business, which resulted in higher margins.
  • Improved earnings in the company’s CF Nitrogen, Ardent Mills and Ventura Foods investments.

First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Segment Results

The following segment results were reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 as compared to first quarter fiscal 2018.

ENERGY

The $112.0 million increase in Energy pretax earnings reflects the following:

  • Improved market conditions in the refined fuels business driven by favorable crude oil pricing.

AG

The $5.1 million increase in Ag pretax earnings was driven by the following:

  • Improved pricing within the company’s crop nutrients and processing and food ingredients businesses and volume increases within grain and processing.

NITROGEN PRODUCTION

The $18.0 million increase in Nitrogen Production pretax earnings reflects the following:

  • Improved margins within the Nitrogen Production business driven by increased sales prices of urea and UAN, which are produced and sold by CF Nitrogen.

CORPORATE AND OTHER

The $24.3 million increase in Corporate and Other pretax earnings reflects the following:

  • Higher earnings from the company’s investments in Ventura Foods, LLC and Ardent Mills, LLC as well as increased interest revenue from the company’s financing business.

In late December 2018, CHS, a 25 percent owner of West Central Distribution, exercised its option to purchase the remaining 75 percent of the respected crop protection distribution company and is in the process of completing due diligence and satisfying regulatory, legal and other requirements.

Read the full press release online here.

CHS Foundation Announces $1.5 Million Gift to Support SDSU Precision Agriculture Program

 

Photo from left to right: CAFES Dean John Killefer, CHS Board of Director Tracy Jones, CHS Board of Director Randy Knecht, CHS Foundation President Nanci Lilja, SDSU President Barry Dunn, Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Dean Bruce Berdanier, CHS Board of Director Dave Kayser, and CHS Region Vice President Ed Mallett.

 

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., announced a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University (SDSU) precision agriculture program and construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus.

“The gift from the CHS Foundation is pivotal in allowing us to make our globally preeminent precision agriculture program a reality,” says John Killefer, the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

The gift aligns with CHS priorities around ensuring that educating the next generation of ag leadership includes technology and tradition.

“The CHS Foundation is committed to supporting projects that cultivate opportunity for students interested in the agriculture industry,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “By supporting the precision ag program at SDSU, there will be more qualified graduates entering the agriculture industry.”

SDSU is the nation’s first land-grant university to offer a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture. The degree is a collaborative effort encompassing the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department and the Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, as well as the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.

SDSU’s precision agriculture degree will provide students with access to cutting-edge developments in the rapidly evolving intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. Students will be prepared for lifelong careers that support economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture.

This facility will allow the state to lead the nation in precision agriculture research, teaching and innovation.

“The gift in support of the Raven Precision Agriculture Center will positively impact our students and industry for decades to come,” says Killefer. “This commitment from the CHS Foundation illustrates the leadership role and vision they have within the agricultural industry.”

The building has 129,000 square feet of floor space that will be able to house modern precision farm equipment and will provide collaborative learning spaces for student design projects. Flexible space will give scientists from a variety of departments and industry space to collaborate on research and education.

“Precision agriculture technology is ever-changing,” says Lilja. “It’s exciting to envision the impact students will have by developing new technologies through collaboration with their peers and industry leaders in this new environment.”

Final construction plans are in-progress. Some ground work is expected to begin this fall, with construction starting in the spring of 2019.

About the CHS Foundation

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is focused on developing a new generation of agriculture leaders for life-long success. Together, with our partners, we are igniting innovation and driving excellence in agriculture education, cultivating high-impact programs for rural youth and accelerating potential for careers in agriculture. Learn more at http://chsfoundation.org.

About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from seven different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 36 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

 

 

Cenex® Gift Cards for Gallons Starts November 1

Starting November 1, 2018, through February 28, 2019, you can earn one $50 VISA® gift card for every 125 gallons of lubricant and grease products purchased.

Eligible lubricant products include:

  • Maxtron® DEO
  • Maxtron® Enviro-EDGE®
  • Maxtron® GL
  • Maxtron® THF+
  • MP Gear Lube
  • Qwiklift® HTB®
  • Superlube 518®
  • Superlube TMS®

Eligible grease products include:

  • HD Moly Xtreme
  • Poly-Xtreme®
  • Maxtron® EP
  • Blue Gard® 500+™
  • Fluid Gear Grease
  • Molyplex 500+
  • ML 365®
  • Red Protect XT®
  • Maxtron® FS

 

Getting your reward is easy:

  • Complete a Gift Cards for Gallons Redemption Form (you can obtain this from your local CHS energy team), attach the qualifying sales receipt(s) or invoices, and submit by mail no later than April 6, 2019.   Contact our office with any questions!

CHS Fertilizer Plant Project in Fergus Falls, MN

Get the Project Details Here!

What will the new facility include?

When completed, CHS will have a state of the art fertilizer facility at our French location!  This facility will include the following components:

  • Faster fertilizer load out, which means we can get product to your fields over twice as fast as our current systems in both our French and Fergus East sites. This process will go from around 30 minutes currently to between 8-10 minutes with the new site.
  • Ability to impregnate 6+ products with automated impregnation system.
  • A significant increase in fertilizer storage! We’ll be moving from a combined 5,000 tons of storage between French and Fergus East to 10,890 tons of storage in the new facility, with more (and bigger) bins for individual products.
  • We’re really excited about the addition of a Sackett Waconia High Intensity Mixer. With this system, you can be confident that every blend is as uniform as possible – see what all the excitement is about by checking out their YouTube product video (if you want to skip to the good stuff, start watching at 0:50).
  • This facility will also include an 86×86’ chemical shed, with 8 bulk tanks.
  • The capacity of the tower will triple – going from 90 ton to 300 ton.
  • As with any new facility, this will be built to the latest OSHA & industry safety standards to ensure the safety of our employees, customers, and community members.

Below are a few photos of a facility that is built similarly to ours, to give an example of what it will look like:

 

When will the new facility be functional?

The site will be functional for spring fertilizer next year.

What should I do for fall fertilizer in 2018?

While the fall fertilizer process will change a little on our end as this facility is built, you shouldn’t see any changes.  Please continue to call your agronomy contact to place your fertilizer orders for fall as you have in past years.

Where will my agronomy team be located this fall?

Nothing will change for this fall – you can still contact your agronomy team in either the French or Underwood offices this fall and into this winter.

 

Interested in keeping up to date on the construction progress with the plant?  Sign up for email updates here!

Two CHS businesses unify on Sept. 1 for greater patron benefit

HERMAN, Minn. (Sept. 4, 2018) –  On Sept. 1, two locally governed CHS ag retailers, CHS Border States and CHS New Horizons, began operating as one unified business unit under the name of CHS.

The two producer boards of CHS Border States and CHS New Horizons voted unanimously in March to unify their operations and create one new business unit within CHS. The two boards came to this decision after much thoughtful discussion about how best to serve the farmers, ranchers and other customers in South Dakota and Minnesota as the agriculture industry continues to evolve.

“Our board room discussions revealed much greater advantages to our patrons with a full unification,” said Dana Stapleton, former board president, CHS Border States. “Both of our operations were already strong financially, but combining these two business units allows us to put the appropriate levels of resources into services and programs while strengthening our risk management and leverage with suppliers.”

“The conversation about unification has been ongoing for some time,” said Steven Deal, former board president, CHS New Horizons. “But when Dean Longnecker, general manager, CHS Border States, announced his retirement plans earlier this year, this decision caused both boards to look at the idea more closely.”

Longnecker retired on March 2, 2018, and at that time, Jerry Kramer, general manager for CHS New Horizons, was chosen to lead the new operation. The two business units have been working together operationally since then, but the full unification did not occur until Sept. 1, the start of the new CHS fiscal year.

The two producer boards have merged into one board to oversee the new operation, with Steven Deal as president and Dana Stapleton as vice president. The two business units have spent the summer bringing operations together so that, starting Sept. 1, the change should be seamless for customers and business partners. The main administrative office will be in Herman, Minn. A new website is being developed (chs-herman.com) and will be live in mid-September.

The new business unit is part of CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com), a leading U.S. farmer-owned cooperative. Diversified in energy, 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 business solutions including insurance, 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, 2017. 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.

 

August 2018 Sealed Bid Equipment Auction

Sealed bids for auction equipment will be accepted until 5PM on Friday, August 31, 2018 at CHS New Horizons in Chokio, MN.  Bids received after this time will not be considered and we reserve the right to refuse any bids.  

Equipment is sold as-is, no warranty.  Any and all information is shared to the best of our knowledge and is not necessarily an all-inclusive description of the equipment; it is up to each bidder to verify the accuracy of these statements and the condition of the items before bidding.  

Bid Process:
Your bid must include your name, address, phone number, bid amount & unit number of equipment.  Submit your sealed bid to the CHS New Horizons office in Chokio by either mail (CHS New Horizons, Attn: Equipment Sealed Bid Auction, PO Box 126, Chokio MN 56221) or drop off at the front office in a sealed envelope, marked ‘Equipment Sealed Bid Auction’.

Bids will be reviewed the week of September 4 and all winning bidders will be notified by Friday, September 7.  Equipment must be paid in full and picked up by Friday, September 14, 2018.  
Questions regarding the sealed bid equipment auction can be directed to Doug Olson at 320-324-2477.  Equipment is available for viewing in Chokio & Herman; check individual equipment photos on our Facebook link here for location information.

CHS New Horizons supports hometown community safety initiative

Photo L to R: Scott Libbesmeier, Tanner Lehman, Deb Stoneburg (CHS New Horizons), and Todd Vipond (Fire Chief)

 

Herman, MN – This spring, CHS New Horizons announced a $5,000 grant to Herman Fire Department in Herman, MN. The funds supported the purchase of a Quick Rescue truck, which will be used to assist responders during rescue calls.

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

The funds contributed by CHS New Horizons were matched dollar for dollar by a CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant, which helps cooperatives grow their impact locally. Together, $5,000 will benefit Herman Fire Department.

“Cooperatives were founded on the principles of education, community involvement and cooperation,” says Kramer. “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 Chokio, Donnelly, Fergus Falls, Herman, Morris & Underwood, CHS New Horizons is here to supply for your needs. For more on what’s new, visit us at www.chsnewhorizons.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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