Pamer and Sleik Participate in CHS New Leader Forum

Two local young producers learned how they can play a crucial role in helping agriculture and the cooperative system thrive during the CHS New Leaders Forum, hosted by CHS Inc., the nation’s leading cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company.

Mike Pamer, Winnecone, Wis., and Bryan Sleik, Winnecone, Wis., were among more than 100 men and women from across the U.S. and Canada nominated to participate in the program held Nov. 29- Dec. 2, 2016, in conjunction with the CHS Annual Meeting. The participants represented CHS Larsen Cooperative, New London, Wis.

During the event, attendees explored more about the cooperative system, cooperative board leadership andsuccession planning. Pamer and Sleik also developed advocacy skills by participating in discussions on the issues and challenges facing cooperatives, agriculture and rural America.

Participants heard from CHS leaders including Carl Casale, CHS president and CEO; Jay Debertin, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Energy and Foods; Gary Halverson, vice president, Farm Supply, CHS Country Operations; and John Engelen, vice president, Government Affairs.  David Horsager, CEO, Horsager Leadership, also presented a workshop on the importance of building trust relationships and how it plays a vital role in local cooperatives and farming operations, while Steve Hamilton of The Land as Your Legacy® program illustrated the value of early succession planning.

The New Leaders Forum featured networking events with the CHS Board of Directors, management and employees which encouraged participants to voice their opinions on how CHS should evolve to best serve farmers for the future. Following theprogram attendees joined more than 2,000 CHS owners for the 2016 CHS Annual Meeting, which included agricultural-related educational sessions about the essential insights necessary to move forward in agriculture, the annual meeting business session and a keynote address by Peter Zeihan, a  geopolitical strategist.

CHS Annual Meeting delegates approve amendments to articles and bylaws

Delegates to the CHS Annual Meeting have approved amendments to the CHS Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The amendments created a new membership class structure and criteria.

“We appreciate our owners’ commitment to the governance of the company they own, as evidenced by their strong interest in the proposed changes to the core CHS governing documents” says CHS Board Chairman David Bielenberg. “Having a voice in the governance of the company you own and do business with is an essential point of difference of the cooperative business model.”

The two resolutions – one amending the company’s articles and the other amending the CHS bylaws – each received a “yes” vote of more than 86 percent.

When the CHS Board reconvenes in 2017, it will work to develop procedures regarding implementation and for members to periodically certify their ongoing eligibility for their membership class. “We are committed to keeping members fully informed,” Bielenberg says.

Steve Fritel, chairman of the CHS Board’s Governance Committee, says the board took its commitment to communication seriously by listening to owners, keeping the proposed changes simple and ensuring there was time for learning and conversation.

“Our goal is always to ensure that CHS remains an agricultural-focused and producer-governed cooperative,” Fritel said. “At the same time, we also recognize we must accommodate our current members as they change to stay relevant to their customers. Our articles and bylaws need to line up with the ways our members do business today, while recognizing the strong heritage of the member cooperatives who built today’s CHS.”

View details of the new membership classes on the CHS Governance page.

CHS posts fiscal 2016 earnings of $424.2 million

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ST. PAUL, MINN. (Nov. 3, 2016) – CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today announced earnings for fiscal 2016 of $424.2 million.

CHS net income for fiscal 2016 (Sept. 1, 2015 – Aug. 31, 2016) of $424.2 million was down 46 percent from $781.0 million for fiscal 2015, reflecting lower pre-tax earnings within the company’s Energy and Ag segments, as well as its Corporate and Other category. Lower pre-tax earnings within these two segments were partly offset by increased pretax earnings in its Foods segment, and seven months of earnings from its Nitrogen Production segment which was created by the February 2016 strategic investment CHS made in CF Industries Nitrogen, LLC (CF Nitrogen). These results reflect the continued economic down cycle in the company’s core energy and agriculture businesses, as well as the impact of one-time events.

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CHS Board addresses 2016 equity management; delays individual equity redemption program changes

equity300The CHS Board has delayed implementation of the company’s new individual equity redemption program, a decision made following its regular review of the CHS equity management program.

“This decision was made as we considered a number of factors, including our commitment to balance sheet management and the current economic cycle,” says CHS Board Chairman Dave Bielenberg. “CHS remains financially sound and profitable, but as we navigate this economic cycle, the board believes this delay was appropriate as we continue to take a long-term view in managing equity redemptions.”

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Weyauwega Annual Fire District Training at CHS Feed Mill

img_6658On Monday, October 10, 2016 the Weyauwega Area Fire District held a training on grain rescue safety for their volunteer fire fighters at CHS Larsen Cooperative, in Weyauwega. Harvest is well underway and farmers will soon be filling their grain bins again. Working in grain bins can be a dangerous activity. Thus, it is very important to be prepared for any unforeseen emergencies during harvest and have the proper training and equipment.

During the training on Monday night the fire department practiced a few rescue scenarios. They used their Grain Rescue Equipment, including the Great Wall of Rescue, ropes, and harnesses, which they were able to purchase last year with a CHS safety Grant. They partially buried a volunteer firefighter in a load of corn at the mill and then used the Great Wall of Rescue, which acts as a cofferdam, to properly rescue a victim out of loose grain. (more…)

 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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