Posts By: Anne Moore

 October Is Co-op Month

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CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to announce that October is National Cooperative Month. After all, what better time could there be than during harvest to reflect on everything cooperatives do for the farmers and ranchers who own them? As you’re busy bringing in what promises to be another banner harvest, consider how rural co-ops, empowered by the combined strength of their  owners, ensure the steady supply of affordable inputs that make your crop possible. Co-ops help fuel machinery, as well as your entire operation, by providing the diesel fuel, agronomic expertise, seed, fertilizers, financing and crop protection you need — all to  protect your bottom line. Co-ops also provide access to broader world markets, for higher profitability. Now more than ever, ag operations are technology driven, and once again the co-op is there to help you stay current. Because the co-op is a business you own, you can trust it has your long-term interests in mind. And there’s no better proof than the patronage you receive just for doing business with a cooperative, as well as the reinvestment the co-op makes in order to serve your changing needs and stay relevant for generations.

Cooperatives like CHS Larsen Co-op build jobs, local communities and, ultimately, a stronger America. Here we have 110 full-time and 25 part-time workers and generate nearly 131 million dollars sales annually. That’s revenue that stays in the North Eastern Wisconsin area rather than going to some out-of-state (or out-of-country) business conglomerate. It’s money that feeds the local economy, causing a ripple effect as it travels through the local equipment dealership, grocery store, bank, restaurant, church and so on. It helps keep our young people firmly planted in the area, and it’s money we use to invest in them so that they can become the community leaders of the future. It’s dollars we put toward ensuring the safety of everyone who lives here, and it’s extended toward schools, public outreach programs and infrastructure that help keep our towns vibrant.

While the annual celebration of the co-op only lasts a month, the benefits of the cooperative system are there for you all year long.

This year we are sharing cooperative facts each day. Be sure to follow our social media Twitter and Facebook to learn these fun facts!

Town of Center Fire Department awarded CHS Safety Grant

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On Friday, September 23, 2016 CHS Larsen Cooperative employees Jeremy Hunt, Andy VanDyck and Mary Kay Cleven awarded a CHS Safety grant for $1,825 to the Town of Center Fire Department Joe Hofacker, Fire Chief  and Matt Harrison. The fire department plans to use these funds to purchase a multi gas monitor. This would give them the tools to recognize and monitor hazardous gas furthering their capabilities in keeping our community safe.

The Town of Center Fire Department has a great working relationship with CHS Larsen Cooperative. Yearly, the fire department comes the co-op to do their annual training on advanced rescue and confined space, with neighboring mutual aid fire department. The emphasis of this training is to further understanding of the cooperative’s facilities, its hazards, and how they can better handle any possible firefighting or rescue needs.

This multi gas meter will help the fire department serve the community and the co-op by giving them the ability during an emergency call to detect a possible gas leak and to monitor for the presence of other dangerous gases. This is useful when determining if a home is safe for its occupants or if a location at the co-op is safe for firefighters to operate in. (more…)

CHS Larsen Coop hosts road side inspection workshop

IMG_5253CHS Larsen Cooperative continues to keep safety as a top priority and in doing so they had 48 employees attended their Road Side Inspection workshops on August 25, 2016.

CHS Larsen Cooperative has many divisions driving day in and day out. Whether their drivers are carrying grain, seed, feed, or fuel, the safety of the drivers is very important.

Lt. Michael Klingenberg from Wisconsin State Patrol, Inspector Jim Murray from Wisconsin State Patrol, and Susan Curtiss, Fleet Compliance Manager from CHS Country Operations lead sessions, providing important information and tips for the drivers.

Klingenberg went over information and state laws to help drivers prepare for road side inspections. In addition, he also addressed both myths and truths behind the phone and alcohol laws.

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Local couple represents CHS Larsen Cooperative and Wisconsin farmers in Washington D.C.

 

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NEW LONDON, WISC., June 29, 2016 – CHS Larsen Cooperative patrons, Erik and Heidi Salm, of Larsen, WI, recently met with nine different congressional representatives in the nation’s capital during the National Council of Farm Cooperatives (NCFC) annual Washington Conference which they attended as a part of the CHS New Leaders Program which works to bring educational and development opportunities to young farmers and ranchers who are the next generation of leadership. As participants, the two joined other farm couples, co-op managers and the CHS Inc. Board of Directors in this yearly visit with policymakers.

Ag cooperatives from all over the country invited young farm leaders to join the discussion in Washington on current issues in agriculture affecting both producers and their cooperatives. They came as one group because, in most cases, what is in one cooperative’s best interests is also in the best interest for others.

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CHS Larsen Cooperative Awards $21,000 in Scholarships

NEW LONDON, WISC., June 3, 2016 – CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to announce that they have awarded $21,000 in scholarships. This is the sixteenth year they have offered a scholarship program for their customers; already helping over 200 students. CHS Larsen Cooperative’s trade territory has expanded and they have felt the need to return support to the communities that help support their cooperative.

CHS Larsen Cooperative offered this scholarship to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled post high school education. The 21 students that received the 2016 scholarship are as follows: Emily Barlow of Waupaca, parents are Jeff and Jennifer Barlow; Emily Bauer of Iola-Scandinavia, parents are Patrick and Tammy Bauer; Kendall Bentley of Wrightstown, parents are Patrick and Tammy Bentley; Mikaela Glodowski of Rosholt, parents are Kevin and Jessica Glodowski; Kaitlyn Hein of Seymour, parents are Joe and Beth Hein; Laura Hintz of Marion, parents are Karen and Dan Hintz; Kassy Hoewisch of New London, parents are Kevin and Candi Hoewisch; Mark Hofacker of Freedom, parents are John and Lynn Hofacker, Madisen and Olivia Kobus of Coleman, parents are Keith and Lee Ann Kobus; Robert Kowalczyk of Manawa, parents are Robert and Michelle Kowalczyk; Miles Lutz of Amherst Junction, parents are Dale and Ruth Lutz; Ally Magnin of Oconto Falls, parents are Duane and Danna Magnin; Emily Mande of Waupaca, parents are Sue and Dale Mande; Cassidy Pethke of New London, parents are Lydell and Sheryl Pethke; Courtney Preisler of Hortonville, parents are Charles and Deanna Preisler; Brittany Russell of Oconto Falls, parents are Bruce and Elizabeth Russell; Julia Schuh of Freedom, parents are Brent and Carrie Schuh; Rachel Thurston of Weyauwega and Jake Zuleger of Kimberly, parents are Deborah and Steve Bartel; and Haley Vandenboom of Hortonville, parents are Wade and Wendy Vandenboom.

The criteria and 2017 application are on their website CHSLarsenCooperative.com. The deadline for the CHS Larsen Cooperative scholarship is March 15, 2017. Visit their website to download the application or call 1-800-924-6677.

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support our local youth. It pays to invest in our local future industry leaders.

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CHS Larsen Cooperative Hosts Training for Local Fire Departments

IMG_4919NEW LONDON, WISC., May 20, 2016 – On Thursday, May 19, 2016, CHS Larsen Cooperative hosted a safety walk through event for the surrounding Readfield area fire departments at their new grain facility. This included Dale Fire and Rescue, New London Fire Department, Hortonville Fire District, and Fremont Wolf River Fire Department.

Jim Emmons, Dale Fire and Rescue Chief, took the lead on the walk through training. CHS Larsen Cooperative wanted to provide an opportunity for their local safety officials to become familiar with the facility and understand the layout in a no pressure situation. Along with the new layout, they also learned where emergency disconnects were including the shut off valves for gas and electricity. (more…)

CHS Larsen Cooperative Filling Food Shelves with Community Support

IMG_4886eNEW LONDON, WISC., May 11, 2016 — CHS Larsen Cooperative had another successful year in the CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign, an annual program that gathers funds, food, and grain to help fight hunger in local communities.

CHS Larsen Cooperative locally raised a total of $5,393.55 and 1,890 pounds of food, which their parent company, CHS, added bonus dollars to bring the 2016 total to $11,207.55. This will be distributed to local food pantries in our surrounding area.

“Our ability to help local food shelves feed the hungry in our communities wouldn’t have been possible without a tremendous level of support from our employees and local businesses that donated to the CHS Harvest for Hunger drive,” said Todd Reif, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative.

Among the successful fundraising events the co-op held was the popular Get Pumped for Harvest for Hunger at its three gas stations: New London Travel Plaza, Wild Rose C-store and Larsen facility. Employees served food, sold baked goods, cooked food, and, of course, pumped gas, washed windshields and served customers at the pumps. (more…)

CHS Larsen Cooperative Awards Five Annual Meeting Mini Grants

NEW LONDON, WISC., March 16, 2016 – CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to announce that we have awarded five $500 Annual Meeting Mini Grants. This is the first year CHS Larsen Cooperative has offered the Annual Meeting Mini Grants. The Board of Directors wanted to offer an incentive to those cooperative members that attend the annual meeting. All attendees had the chance to apply for a grant to support an organization or benefit, which the members have a strong passion towards.

There are so many organizations and benefits in the communities CHS services that this was an opportunity to receive some funding for those events. CHS Larsen Cooperative’s trade territory continues to expand and they have felt the need to return support to the communities that help support their cooperative.

The grants were awarded to the following: Carol Ihde of Neenah to help fund the Christmas Dinner for the under privileged; Ralph and Helen Timm of Appleton to fund programs of the NAMI Fox Valley, which supports children and teens struggling with mental health and emotional challenges; Ardyce Eisentraut of Waupaca to help fund the Peaceful Hand Quilt Guild who make charity quilts that go within the community; Debi Bartel of Weyauwega whom supports the Old Glory Honor Flight which provides a memorial experience for WWII Veterans; and New London Veterans’ Memorial Foundation who are working on a tribute site in New London for all Veterans.

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support our communities and help these organizations.

Member-owners of CHS Larsen Cooperative share in CHS cash distribution

NEW LONDON, Wis. (March 1, 2016) – About 1,850 eligible member-owners of CHS Larsen Cooperative will share in the distribution of $4.5 million in cash patronage and equity during 2016 based on business they’ve conducted with the cooperative.

“We’re extremely proud that once again we can deliver this important benefit of being part of a cooperative business to our member-owners,” said Todd Reif, general manager. “One of the most important ways we help producers grow is by delivering an economic return on the business they do with CHS Larsen Cooperative. This – along with the quality, dependable products and services we provide year-round – underscores the added value of being a cooperative system owner and customer.

“Through their ownership in a cooperative like CHS Larsen Cooperative, not only do they have access to products and services, they also share in our success and that of the integrated CHS system. This enables all of us to invest in the future of our local producers, this business and our community.”

CHS Larsen Cooperative is a locally controlled retail division of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading producer-owned cooperative. CHS returns cash to eligible owners while maintaining a sound financial foundation and continuing to make investments in the company’s future that add long-term value for its stakeholders.

During 2016, CHS Larsen Cooperative will allocate a total of $4.5 million in patronage returns to its eligible customers based on business done between Sept. 1, 2014 – Aug. 31, 2015, of which $1.8 million is being paid out in cash.

Overall, CHS expects to return an estimated $519 million during fiscal 2016, extending the strongest period of cash returns to owners in company history. Distributions will include cash patronage, equity redemptions, preferred stock and dividends paid on preferred stock to about 1,100 eligible member cooperatives and approximately 50,000 individual members in 49 states, along with preferred stockholders. CHS net income for its fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2015, was $781 million. Over the past five fiscal years, CHS has returned $2.7 billion in cash to its owners.

If they have not already done so, individuals who have reached age 70 and representatives of the estates of deceased members should contact Todd Reif, general manager, and request redemption of their equity. CHS makes equity redemptions to eligible individual direct members throughout the year, based on attaining age 70 or estate retirements, but potentially eligible individuals must make contact.

CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. 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, a Fortune 100 company, 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.

CHS Larsen Cooperative gets Pumped Up for Harvest for Hunger

CHS Larsen Cooperative is all “Pumped up” for this year’s CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign. Each year Country Operations, CHS Larsen Cooperative, and CHS Inc. team up to collect food, monetary, and grain donations to help keep local food pantry shelves stocked. Since 2011, over $2.1 million and 2.3 million pounds of food have been donated to food banks across the U.S. and went to hungry families across the nation. More than 50 CHS business units and more than 4,000 employees have participated in the Harvest for Hunger drive. Locally, in 2015, CHS Larsen Cooperative raised $12,959 and over 1,650 pounds of food which stayed in the communities in which we reside.

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to participate again in the 2016 Harvest for Hunger campaign running March 1-20, 2016. On Friday, March 11, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CHS Larsen Coop employees will be at our two gas stations at Wild Rose C-store, Larsen Location, and New London Travel Plaza, providing full services at the pumps and serving lunch. They will be collecting tips for pumping gas, washing windshields, etc., as well as, serving a full meal for $5 and a bake sale for those with a sweet tooth! We hope you are able to attend this fun event and help us get “Pumped Up” about helping our local communities in stocking shelves for those families in need.

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As well as having a fundraiser, we will be collecting donations at all facility locations March 1-20. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be accepted. If you would like to donate to this cause but are unable to drop it off at one of our locations please contact Cathie Hansen at our main office 920-982-1111 and she will send someone out to pick up the donation. Or you may mail a check to CHS Larsen Cooperative Attn: Harvest for Hunger P.O. Box 308 New London WI, 54961.

100% of the proceeds stay local in our surrounding area food pantries. Also, CHS Country Operations matches the donations raised locally. Please help us make this year’s CHS Harvest for Hunger another successful year. Let’s fight hunger together!

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