CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign raises $20,000 locally for food shelves

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.

CHS supports Roberts County 4-H through $5,000 grant

Pictured: Curtis Curran, CHS Location Manager & Amy Currence, Building Fund Treasurer

Herman, Minnesota (Dec. 23, 2020) – Through the CHS Country Operations Seeds for Stewardship grant program, CHS is proud to support local organizations that focus on safety, agriculture industry leadership and supporting rural communities.

Roberts County 4-H received a $5,000 grant from CHS based out of Herman, Minnesota, to help fund the building of a local community center through the CHS Country Operations Seeds for Stewardship grant program. The community center will include a community room, banquet hall, office space and full kitchen, and will provide space for Roberts County 4-H members to gather as well as serve as a space for use by local community members.

“Rural communities work hard to keep people safe while building and developing tomorrow’s leaders,” says Jerry Kramer, general manager, CHS. “We are thankful for those who are dedicated to making sure our communities continue to be strong, safe places for our customers and employees to live and work together. Their great work helps build connections that empower agriculture and our communities.”

Since 2019, CHS ag retail locations across the U.S. have awarded more than $340,000 to local organizations through the Seeds for Stewardship program. The funds provided in 2020 are being used to help protect firefighters, engage students in ag leadership and education projects, sustain local 4-H and FFA groups, and build gathering places where 4-Hers and community members can meet.

The Herman-based CHS 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.

Battle Lake Fire Department Receives Grant from Seeds for Stewardship

HERMAN, MINNESOTA. (AUGUST 3, 2020) – Every second counts when detecting and fighting fires, and through a donation from CHS, the Battle Lake Fire Department has purchased a newer grass fire truck to fight fires quicker and keep their volunteer firefighters safer. 

The fire department received a $5,000 grant through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant program to purchase the new grass truck and firefighting equipment. 

“The Battle Lake Fire Department is made up of 20 volunteer firefighters and provides service to citizens of the Battle Lake area and four area townships,” says Brock Bleichner, Battle Lake Fire Dept. volunteer and CHS employee. “Their mission is to prevent fires through education, to fight fires and to preserve and protect life and property against injury and damage from fires in their coverage area. Having a new grass fire truck will make fighting grass fires quicker to protect farmland and homes. Replacing SCBA tanks and masks and having new turn out gear will keep these volunteer firefighters safer to ensure they can return home to their families.” 

CHS is committed to putting the safety of its employees, owners, customers and communities first every day and has dedicated money to fund projects in safety and ag leadership development through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program.  

For CHS in Herman, this grant decision was an easy one to make: “Battle Lake MN is only 19 miles from our Fergus Falls location.  Not only do we have an active full-time employee that serves as a volunteer firefighter with this fire department, we have many patrons and employees living in this area,” says Jerry Kramer, CHS General Manager. 

Locally, CHS provides funding to area FFA programs, offers scholarships for first year college students, and promotes various community events such as farm, agriculture and safety-related events. 

Since 2019, CHS retail locations have awarded more than $270,000 in matching funds through the program. 

The CHS ag retail business based out of Herman, Minnesota delivers agronomy, energy, grain and feed products and services to Minnesota and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from 11 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.  

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.

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.

 

 

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.

CHS New Horizons supports hometown community safety initiative

 

CHS New Horizons supports hometown community safety initiative

Photo (L to R): Terry Johnson, CHS New Horizons Morris Location Manager; Matt Solemsaas, Morris Fire & Rescue

Herman, MN (October 12, 2017) – CHS New Horizons announced today a $2,000 grant to Morris Fire & Rescue in Morris, MN. The funds will support the purchase of a Polaris Ranger, 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 Terry Johnson, CHS New Horizons Morris Grain 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, $2,000 will benefit Morris Fire & Rescue.

“Cooperatives were founded on the principles of education, community involvement and cooperation,” says Johnson. “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, & Wendell, 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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