CHS Larsen Cooperative New London Office Upgrades to LED Lighting

Before and after of the front warehouse. 

CHS Larsen Cooperative recently completed an interior and exterior lighting upgrade to LED lighting at their New London main office. After learning about the Focus on Energy rebates from Jeremy Bellile, owner of BNH Lighting, LLC, they worked together to get everything in the offices, warehouse and parking lot converted over to LED technology. This will save the cooperative thousands of dollars each year on their electric bill.

CHS Larsen Cooperative received a rebate from Focus on Energy that covered half the cost of the project. After the rebate and the savings on maintenance costs, the conversion will pay for itself in approximately 1.5 years. They are proud to work with Focus on Energy, which partners with New London Utilities, to help businesses reduce energy waste.

 “Working with BNH Lighting, LLC, was great from designing the new LED solution and maximizing the Focus on Energy incentives,to the installment of the lights,” said Randy Marx, New London location manager.The install went quick working with Nass Electric, a local electrical contractor.Jeremy was thorough with the LED solution, paperwork for Focus on Energy,organizing the installation and quick to follow up with the completion. “We are excited about our new lighting and the savings to come.” 

CHS Larsen Cooperative, a full-service ag retailer, is part of CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods 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.

Before and after of the farm store. 

CHS Larsen Cooperative Supports Hometown Fire Department

Pictured: Todd Reif, CHS Larsen Co-op General Manager and Loren Steinacker, local farmer and fire fighter. 

CHS Larsen Cooperative awarded a $2,250 grant to Hortonville-Hortonia Fire District. The funds will help to keep their equipment up to date and their firefighters certified. Some of the equipment they are looking to purchase will aid in rescue situations if there were an active shooter incident. As a department they interact with several different local agencies and the school district, helping teach kids what to do if such a situation would arise.

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

In addition to the funds contributed by CHS Larsen Cooperative, the contribution has been matched dollar for dollar by a CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant, which helps cooperatives grow their impact locally. Together more than $4,500 will benefit Hortonville-Hortonia Fire District.

“Cooperatives were founded on the principles of education, community involvement and cooperation,” says Todd Reif. “By combining resources, we are providing double the impact to our area and demonstrating the cooperative spirit.”

To learn more about other ways CHS Larsen Cooperative gives back, visit

Road Safety During Harvest

Road safety is especially important as farmers and motorists share the road during harvest season. As Corn Silage has started in most areas we are encouraging all to be safe this harvest season.

Harvest season generally brings a time when there is an increase in collisions between farm equipment and other vehicles. Vehicle collisions are often the result of the speed differential between slower-moving farm equipment and passenger cars and trucks. Many times passenger vehicle drivers simply don’t have enough time to react if they do not recognize the farm equipment soon enough.

For Farmers

Farmers can take steps to enhance farm machinery visibility.  Before traveling on public roads remember to:

  • Lock brake pedals.
  • Adjust mirrors for good vision.
  • Make sure that all warning flashers, lights, and slow moving vehicle (SMV) emblems are in proper operating condition, clean, and easily visible. If they are covered with dust, wipe them off before leaving the field.
  • Check tire inflation pressures. Inflate the tires to the maximum recommended pressure for long-distance travel.


When traveling on public roads:

  • Watch for potholes or obstacles that could tip the tractor.
  • Listen for cars. Often vehicles will rapidly approach from the rear at three to four times the speed of the tractor.
  • Stay alert at all times to avoid a serious accident. Do not use the cell phone or two-way radio while operating equipment on public roads.
  • Keep a constant lookout for pedestrians, animals, mailboxes, steep ditch embankments and other roadway obstacles.
  • Slow down for sharp curves or when going down a hill.
  • Consider using an escort vehicle to follow behind.
  • Be cognizant of high traffic times, usually mornings and late afternoons. While it often is impossible to avoid operating on the roads during these times, it may be possible to limit road transportation.


Other safety recommendations include:

  • Place the SMV sign, mounted point up, on the vehicle two to six feet above the ground and as near to the rear center as possible.


  • Make sure the tractor has the following lighting and signage:
    • two headlights;
    • at least one tail lamp, mounted on the left side facing the rear of the tractor;
    • at least two amber warning lights, visible from front and rear, mounted at the same level at least 42 inches above ground level;
    • at least two red reflectors, visible from the rear and mounted on either side;
    • amber warning extremity lights, visible from front and rear, mounted over dual- or triple-wheeled vehicles;
    • and the Speed Identification Symbol (SIS) on high-speed tractors and equipment.


For Motorists

Keep in mind the following safety tips for motorists as you share the road with farm equipment:

  • Farm machinery has a legal right to use public roads just as other motor vehicles.
  • Farm machinery can unexpectedly turn onto a public road from a field or driveway. Farm machinery travels slower than normal traffic, often at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. Automobile drivers must quickly identify farm equipment and slow down immediately to avoid rear-end crashes.
  • Farm machinery operators may not be able to see you because the large equipment or a load can block part of their rear view. If you can’t see the driver, the driver can’t see you.
  • Slow-moving farm machinery traveling less than 25 miles per hour should display a slow moving vehicle emblem on the back of the equipment. This is a quickly identifiable sign to other motorists.
  • Machinery that is half on the road and half on the shoulder may suddenly move completely onto the road.
  • Extra-wide farm machinery may take up more than one lane to avoid hitting obstacles such as mailboxes and road signs.


Before passing farm machinery:

  • Check to be sure the machinery is not turning left. Look for left turn lights or hand signals. If the machinery slows and pulls toward the right side of the road, the operator is likely preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a right turn with wide equipment, the driver must fade to the left.
  • Determine if the road is wide enough for you and the machinery to safely share.
  • Look for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges, or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road.
  • Be sure there is adequate distance for you to safely pass.


Rural road rage can be negated if everyone takes the responsibility to have extra patience, careful driving habits, and use high-visibility markings and lighting.


This article originally appeared in OSU Extension News (10/09/08).

Awards 13 $1,000 Scholarships

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to announce that they have awarded $13,000 in scholarships. This is the eighteenth year they have offered a scholarship program for their customers; already helping over 264 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.

$1,000 Scholarship Winners

CHS Larsen Cooperative offered this scholarship to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled post high school education. The 13 students that received the 2018 scholarship are as follows: Bailey Adams of Stevens Point, parents are Larry and Lisa Adams; Jenna Breitenfeldt of Wausau East, parents are Wayne and Lori Breitenfeldt; Jason Ebert of Clintonville, parents Tim and Crystal Ebert; Madeline Egan of Omro, parents are John and Sheri Egan; Paige Hein of Seymour, parents are Joe and Beth Hein; Kelsey Potratz of Omro, parents Wes and Lorie Potratz; Sarah Rohm of Seymour, parents are Keith and Paula Rohm; Megan Schuh of Freedom, parents are Brent and Carrie Schuh; Zachary Sievert of Pulaski, parents are Rod and Ann Sievert; Brett Van Dyck of Appleton, parent Andy and Laurie Van Dyck; Matt Verhasselt of Freedom, parents are Mike and Marney Verhasselt; Jacob Viergutz of Clintonville, parents are David and Connie Viergutz, and Colin Wussow of Bonduel, parents are Ron and Nicolle Wussow.

Apply for 2019 Scholarships Today

The criteria and 2019 application is on the website The deadline for the CHS Larsen Cooperative scholarship is March 15, 2019. Visit the website to apply for next year 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.

CHS Larsen Co-op joins the fight against rural hunger

Shana Shepard, Energy Customer Service Rep, delivered to the New London Community Cupboard, Kim Ebert.

CHS Larsen Cooperative joined CHS locations across the country in fighting rural hunger with the cooperative’s annual CHS Harvest for Hunger food, funds and grain drive. The annual campaign gathered more than $540,000 and 215,000 pounds of food to fight hunger in rural America.


Join CHS Larsen Cooperative to help fight hunger through CHS Harvest for Hunger 2018

New London, WISC., February 26, 2018 – CHS Larsen Cooperative is gathering donations of money, food and crops to help fight hunger. As part of CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive, CHS Larsen Cooperative will accept contributions from March 1 through March 20 at its locations in New London, Readfield, Center Valley, Weyauwega, Larsen, and Oconto Falls; they will then deliver all collections to our local food pantries.

“Hunger is a reality for more than 40 million people in America, including 13.1 million children. Every dollar we raise through CHS Harvest for Hunger can purchase six pounds of food through our food banks,” says Todd Reif, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative. “That’s making a real difference for those in need.”

Financial donations are encouraged because they enable food banks to leverage their buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates. In 2017, CHS Larsen Cooperative raised $4,208 and over 5,028 pounds of food which their parent company, CHS, added bonus dollars to bring the 2017 total to $10,092. This all stayed in the communities in which we reside.

“Our local communities also win when CHS Country Operations makes a contribution to help friends and neighbors right here in our community. Fighting hunger in our communities’ ties directly to what farmers and ranchers do every day, raising crops and livestock to feed the world,” adds Reif.

Donations can be made at CHS Larsen Cooperative’s locations in New London, Readfield, Center Valley, Weyauwega, Larsen and Oconto Falls. If you would like to donate to this cause but are unable to drop it off at one of our locations please contact Anne Moore 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 or call 920-982-1111 for more information on how you can help.

For more information click here. 

How a Larsen Co-op Scholarship Helped Matt

Matthew Johnson, son of CHS Employee Jennifer Johnson, was a recipient of a Larsen Cooperative scholarship back in 2010. After graduating from Iola-Scandinavia, he attended UW Oshkosh for five years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in business administration, graduating summa cum laude (“with highest honor”) in the spring of 2015. His honors thesis from UW Oshkosh was entitled “Reaping the Benefits of Meaningful Work.” With this senior research project, he found that people who consider their work to be meaningful (i.e., purposeful and fulfilling) experience work as energizing and inspiring, and that these experiences at work can spill over into non-work life, thereby enriching life as a whole. The project was published in the fall of 2016 in a scientific journal called Stress and Health.

Once he graduated from UW Oshkosh, he was accepted to Central Michigan University (CMU) in 2015 for their graduate program in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. With a scientific focus on workplace phenomena, I-O psychology applies the theories and methods of psychology to benefit individual employees, work teams, and entire organizations. For example, how can organizations identify the best candidates for a given job? How can they predict who will perform the job effectively? How can employers help their employees manage work-related stress and prevent the adverse physical and mental health issues that come with it? These are only a few of the questions addressed by I-O psychologists. A few relevant projects that Matt has worked on in grad school include the development of job interview questions, development of an organizational culture assessment, and development of questions for a mobile-phone based selection test for prospective call center employees.

Now entering his third year as a doctoral candidate at CMU, Matt is hard at work on his master’s thesis, studying for comprehensive exams, preparing to teach his first online class, and working on various other projects. His master’s thesis, another independent research project, investigates job crafting. Job crafting is the various ways that employees customize their jobs to better suit their abilities, needs, and preferences.

Once he completes the doctoral program at CMU, Matt hopes to begin a career as an organizational consultant, helping organizations develop systems and tools to identify the best job candidates, hire them, and develop them into outstanding employees.

When asked about the Larsen Scholarship, Matt said, “It was very helpful in getting me started as an undergraduate student. When companies like Larsen give scholarships to young people just starting college, they’re making an investment in those students, an investment in our workforce, and investment in the future of our country.”

CHS Larsen Cooperative encourages their patrons to share this scholarship opportunity with graduating seniors and students already in college. For more information on their scholarship program click here. Students can apply right online; applications are due March 15, 2018.


Local students receive CHS Foundation scholarships to pursue careers in agriculture

CHS Interns for 2017


The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is committed to developing the next generation of leaders in agriculture. As part of the foundation’s work centered on advancing agriculture education, it has awarded scholarships to six Colorado high school graduates. The Colorado students are among 100 students representing 23 states and Canada. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to cover expenses associated with their freshman year of college.

“The success of our hometown communities and rural America depends on students with a strong interest in agriculture to pursue ag-focused degrees and be the innovators to feed the world into the future,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “We’re pleased to recognize these students with scholarships and join their communities in looking forward to the important contributions they’ll make to the ag industry.”

These Wisconsin high school students are among the 2017 CHS scholarship winners:

  • Paige Gaffney, Barneveld, Wis.; South Dakota State University, Agricultural Business
  • Cole Jakupciak, Clayton, Wis.; University of Wisconsin – River Falls; Crop and Soil Science
  • Mallory Miles, Roberts, Wis.; North Dakota State University; Animal Science
  • Dawson Nickels, Watertown, Wis.; University of Wisconsin; Dairy Science
  • Kayla Stott, Tomah, Wis.; Iowa State University; Food Science
  • Cayley Vande Berg, Rosendale, Wis.; University of Wisconsin – River Falls, Animal Science
  • Kaitlin Weishaar, Westfield, Wis.; California Polytechnic State University; Architecture/Urban Planning

An independent, external committee selected recipients based on their career goals, essays, extracurricular involvement, transcripts and reference letters.  In addition to high school scholarships, the CHS Foundation funds an additional 200 scholarships for students enrolled in an agricultural-related program at colleges across the country. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 and are directly administered by more than 30 CHS partner schools. Click here for more information. 

About the CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation is funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation supports organizations that develop future leaders for agriculture through education and leadership programs, improve agricultural safety and enhance community vitality in rural America. Learn more at

Center Valley Facility ResponsibleAg Certified

ResponsibleAg Certification Group

CHS Larsen Cooperative’s Center Valley location was honored to receive their ResponsibleAg Certification. This certification recognizes the commitment this facility has made to the safety and security of employees, customers and community.

ResponsibleAg is the only program in the nation that provides a comprehensive assessment of retailers and wholesalers to achieve and maintain federal regulatory compliance. Certification requires a facility to meet stringent regulatory-based criteria, to implement industry leading safety and security measures, and to resolve the facility safety as their highest priority.

All of the Center Valley employees participated in the corrective actions necessary to meet the requirements for this certification. Most actions were safety related items, as well as, proper identification with labels, proper waste management and communication.

CHS Larsen Cooperative is proud to be a part of this voluntary program that is a proactive commitment to providing a safe, secure and complaint workplace for their employees, customers and neighbors.

“Having the ResponsibleAg Certification will help us show the community around us that this is a safe place for the neighborhood and employees,” said Andy VanDyck, CHS Larsen Co-op Operations Manager. “We want to ensure those living in our community feel safe knowing that our business is compliant.”

To learn more about the ResponsbileAg program check out their website

Pictured above are the Center Valley employees that helped make this certification possible. Left to Right: Jeremy Hunt, Taylor Coy, Jeff Beresford, Dave Barth, Paul Tank, Andy “Dutch” VanDyck, John Andraschko, Clay Alexander, and Tom Rose. Not Pictured: Hailey Sorenson and Mary Kay Cleven.


Skin in the Game contest will send farmers to the Big Game

big game

To help its owners grow, CHS has launched a Skin in the Game essay/video contest. The contest will capture the next generation’s point of view regarding their local co-ops and the cooperative spirit. This will also identify a group of interested farmers and ranchers to participate in a roundtable discussion with CHS leaders about meeting agriculture’s changing needs.

The contest provides a choice of four topics and two different ways to enter (a written essay or a video). Eight winners will receive a multi-day VIP experience for two, including luxury-suite seats for the Big Game in February 2018 along with airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to festival events, and more. Certain terms and conditions apply. To enter and for a copy of the official rules including judging criteria, visit


Co-op customers who are actively involved in production agriculture are welcome to enter and share their co-op insights, stories and dreams. Deadline for entries is September 15, 2017. You must be at least 18 years old to win. Winners will be announced in October.

CHS is one of the official founding partners on the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, which provides a high-profile platform to tell agriculture’s story.


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