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!

Fox Valley Tech Students Tour New CHS Larsen Cooperative YieldPoint™ Facility

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NEW LONDON, WISC., February 22, 2016 – CHS Larsen Cooperative YieldPoint™ Team hosted a tour on Monday morning for the Advanced Precision Ag Class from Fox Valley Technical College. The Advance Precision Ag course at Fox Valley Tech focuses on what future opportunities there will be in precision agriculture. Throughout the course students are giving hands on experience with precision ag systems as well as work on equipment that uses precision ag technology. They are also given the opportunity to tour a few facilities and have in class speakers to learn more about the industry.

CHS Larsen Cooperative and Fox Valley Tech have built a great relationship throughout the years in being able to provide great learning experiences in the ag industry. A handful of students from the tech were able to come to Larsen, WI to tour the New YieldPoint™ Facility. They all asked good questions focusing on the future of precision ag and what the cooperative sees as benefits and challenges for the next few years.

“We want to prepare our students to be ready for the work force, so when they leave school they already have the knowledge on how the technology works and are able to install precision ag equipment, said Zach Ward, Ag Technologies Instructor from Fox Valley Tech. “These tours help our students see what they are learning in the classroom turned into action, as wells as help them see what opportunities they will have after college.”

CHS Larsen Cooperative YieldPoint™ Team is happy to work with the local tech students in educating them in what services we provide and what technologies are working best for their farmers in the area. They are fortunate to be one of the only CHS Country Operations with a facility specific for Precision Ag. This facility is proving to be a large benefit to the cooperative, in being able to better service their farmers as well as educate farmers and community members in the benefits of precision ag. They plan to continue to grow and stay relevant to always be providing the best services possible for their growers.

Pictured are students from the Advanced Precision Ag Course, Instructors Zach Ward and Sara Maass-Pate, Instructional Ad Lorn Waldschmidt, and YieldPoint™ Team Cody Miller, Seth Warner, and Ryan Jones.

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support our local communities and help further educate students with an interest in the agricultural industry.

CHS Larsen Cooperative donates $7,500 to Salvation Army

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CHS Larsen Cooperative donates $7,500 to Salvation Army

NEW LONDON, WISC., February 12, 2016 – CHS Larsen Cooperative donated $7,500 to the Salvation Army of Wisconsin. During the holiday season employees and Kiwanis community members rang bells with the Wild Rose Kiwanis Club at the Wild Rose C-store, one of CHS Larsen Cooperative’s locations. Through ringing bells they were able to raise $5,000 which they have already submitted to the Salvation Army.

In an effort to give back even more to our communities, CHS Inc., the nation’s leading producer-owned cooperative, is proud to provide an additional $1.50 matching contribution for every $1.00 raised. The CHS Inc. matching gift contribution in the amount of $7,500. The Kiwanis Club was very happy to receive this large donation from CHS. With these funds they are able to help in many ways, such as, help pay heating bills this cold winter, help with short term assistance with rent, and vouchers for necessities after disasters.

“We are proud to say that this money stays in Waushara County,” said, Jane Erickson, Kiwanis Member, “It helps us to maintain and even increase the level of assistance to our local people in need. We are very thankful for Dana Lesniak and the CHS Larsen Cooperative C-Store. They have such a strong presence in supporting our Wild Rose community, and we are very thankful for that.”

Pictured is Jane Erickson, Kiwanis Member and Dana Lesniak, manager of the Wild Rose CHS Larsen Coop Cenex Station. She is presenting a check for $7,500 to Jane Erickson for the Salvation Army. The Wild Rose Kiwanis Club organized the bell-ringing for Salvation Army over the holiday season in Wild Rose.

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to support our local communities in the areas of housing, nutrition, early childhood, and more.

CHS Larsen Cooperative Offers up to $20,000 in Scholarships

NEW LONDON, WISC., February 1, 2016 – CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to announce that we will be offering up to $20,000 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 is offering graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled post high school education students a chance to apply for up to $20,000 in scholarships. Students must be furthering their education in agricultural or nonagricultural major at a two-year agricultural short course program, technical school, a two-year school, or a four-year college. To be eligible, the student, parent, or guardian must be a patron member of CHS Larsen Cooperative.

The criteria and 2016 application are on their website CHSLarsenCooperative.com. The deadline for the CHS Larsen Cooperative scholarship is March 15, 2016. Visit their website to download the application or call 1-800-924-6677.

In addition to their local scholarship, CHS Inc. Foundation awards more than 300- $1,000 scholarships. To apply for the CHS Foundation scholarship go to chsinc.com/stewardships/scholarships. The deadline for the foundation scholarship is April 1, 2016.

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

Weyauwega Area Fire District Trains at CHS Larsen Cooperative Feed Mill

On Monday, September 21, 2015 the Weyauwega Area Fire District held a training on grain bin safety for their volunteer fire fighters at CHS Larsen Cooperative, in Weyauwega. Harvest is just around the corner and farmers will 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.

The Weyauwega Area Fire District was selected for a donation from CHS Corporate Citizenship. They received a check for $5,610. With this donation from CHS the fire district was able to purchase Grain Rescue Equipment, including the Great Wall of Rescue, ropes, and harnesses.

img_3419smBob Krentz, CHS Larsen Cooperative Feed Manager awards Tom Cullen, Weyauwega Area Fire Chief with CHS donation.

During the training on Monday night the fire department practiced a few rescue scenarios. 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.

“Having this equipment if needed and the knowledge of how to use it properly is a powerful tool for our volunteer team,” said Tom Cullen, Weyauwega Area Fire Chief, “We had a perfect opportunity to work with CHS Larsen Cooperative Feed Mill to be able to actually use this equipment in grain and get the real experience of what to expect.”

They also we able to tour the mill during this training, this helps the firefighters to be more familiar with the CHS Larsen Cooperative Feed Mill. CHS Larsen Cooperative is very grateful to have such a great fire department to work with in case of any future emergencies.

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