Meet Our 2019 Interns

Get to know members of our 2019 summer intern team below! The group started mid-May and will be with us until August, where all are returning to college to pursue a degree in their selected fields. We wish them all the best this summer and hope they learn a lot to utilize in their future careers!

Area producers share in local CHS patronage distribution

STARBUCK, MINNESOTA, April 8, 2019 – Eligible farmer-owners of CHS Prairie Lakes, based out of Starbuck, Minnesota, shared in the recent distribution of cash patronage and equity based on business done with CHS.

“We’re extremely proud to share this important cooperative membership benefit with our customers,” said Brad Manderschied, general manager. “Delivering an economic return to them on the business they do with CHS is one more way we help our owners grow.”

This locally based retail division of CHS Inc. recorded $3,543,590 in savings for fiscal year 2018, which runs from Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018. Of those earnings, $2,556,231.75 was allocated to patronage dividends, which is shared with its eligible members based on business done in that fiscal year. That means $451,686.26 of those patronage dividends were paid out in cash to members.  

Overall, CHS Inc. will return $150 million in cash patronage and equity redemption to its owners in 2019, part of the cooperative’s commitment to sharing profits with our owners and returning money to rural America where it can be reinvested in the community. More than 840 local cooperatives and 25,000 farmers share in this distribution of cash patronage and equity redemptions.

The percentage returned to owners is determined annually by the CHS Board of Directors.  

“Returning cash to our owners enables farmers, ranchers and cooperatives to invest in their own futures,” said Dan Schurr, chairman of the CHS Board.

In the past 12 years, CHS has returned about $3.5 billion to its owners in the form of cash patronage.

The Starbuck-based retail business delivers agronomy, energy, and grain products and services to Minnesota ag producers and other customers from seven locations. It is part of CHS Inc., 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 helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients along with 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.

This document and other CHS Inc. publicly available documents contain, and CHS officers and representatives may from time to time make, “forward–looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Report Act of 1995. Forward–looking statements can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “goal,” “seek,” “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “expect,” “strategy,” “future,” “likely,” “may,” “should,” “will” and similar references to future periods. Forward–looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on CHS current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its businesses, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward–looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of CHS control. CHS actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward–looking statements. Important factors that could cause CHS actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward–looking statements are discussed or identified in CHS public filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the “Risk Factors” discussion in Item 1A of CHS Annual Report on Form 10–K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2018. Any forward–looking statements made by CHS in this document are based only on information currently available to CHS and speak only as of the date on which the statement is made. CHS undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward–looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Menahga Elementary School Awarded Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes

Menahga Elementary Kindergarten-Fourth Grade students
Jeannie Mayer, Elementary Principal & Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke, CHS Prairie Lakes Intern

Starbuck, Minn, Menahga Elementary School was awarded an Elementary/Secondary grant from CHS Prairie Lakes, as part of the company’s Community Funds Program.

CHS Prairie Lakes selected Jeannie Mayer, Principal of Menahga Elementary School, to receive a $500 grant to purchase PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). This program helps to teach teamwork, graceful losing sportsmanship and friendship amongst the students.

Applying schools and local community organizations are asked to state their plans for the grant money, supply general information about the project and purpose of the request, along with specific financial needs and projected outcomes. Applications for grant funding are available online at www.chsprairielakes.com.

Providing products and services in the agronomy, energy, and grain markets with locations in the communities of Elrosa, Glenwood, Hoffman, Long Prairie, Lowry, Park Rapids, and Starbuck, CHS Prairie Lakes is here to supply for your needs. For more on what’s new and to learn about other ways CHS Prairie Lakes gives back, visit us at www.chsprairielakes.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Think Ahead for Your Energy Needs

Here are a few notes from Certified Energy Specialist Harold (Hank) Weniger to keep in mind during this busy spring season:

Dryer Gas
Right now, dryer gas is at a good contract price. If you think you will need some this fall and would like to discuss pricing, our team can help.

Fall Fuel
Currently, our September – November contract is only 8-10 cents higher than today’s prices, making it a great time to consider a contract.

Auto Gold 5W-20
While supplies last, this product is available at $2.52/quart. Very limited quantity available, so act fast if you are interested.

If you’d like to discuss any of the items listed above, or have other energy needs, contact Harold at (c) 320-429-5064, (o) 320-239-2226, or (e) harold.weniger@chsinc.com.

Discovery Days Preschool Awarded Grant from CHS Prairie Lakes

Photo: Margaret Skogmo, Discovery Days Preschool Instructor & Amy Perreault, CHS Prairie Lakes Community Funds Administrator

Starbuck, Minn, Discovery Days Preschool was awarded a Returning Value grant from CHS Prairie Lakes, as part of the company’s Community Funds Program.

CHS Prairie Lakes selected Margaret Skogmo, Early Childhood Education Instructor, to receive a $950 grant to help fund the renovation of building a classroom bathroom. Have a restroom facility within the classroom allows the teacher to stay in the classroom while students need to use the facility, rather than leaving the room with the child.

Applying schools and local community organizations who are interested in applying for our Community Funds Giving Program are asked to state their plans for the grant money and supply general information about the project and purpose of the request, along with specific financial needs and projected outcomes. Applications for grant funding are available online at www.chsprairielakes.com.

Providing products and services in the agronomy, energy, and grain markets with locations in the communities of Elrosa, Glenwood, Hoffman, Long Prairie, Lowry, Park Rapids, and Starbuck, CHS Prairie Lakes is here to supply for your needs. For more on what’s new and to learn about other ways CHS Prairie Lakes gives back, visit us at www.chsprairielakes.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

2018 Annual Meeting

We’d like to invite all farmer-owners to our 2018 annual meeting. Join us to learn more about what happened at your cooperative during the past year.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Location: Broadway Ballroom, Alexandria MN
Start Time: 4:30 Registration, 5:30 Start

The event will begin with a presentation of our local business news and financials from the past year, a meal, and entertainment provided by comedic ventriloquist James Wedgwood.

Absentee voting for Districts 2 & 4 available at all CHS Prairie Lakes locations from March 11 – March 13.

During the event, we will be collecting non-perishable food item donations to donate to our local food shelves. We welcome any items you may be willing to donate.

Contact a member of the CHS Prairie Lakes staff to learn more about the event! Invitations have been mailed directly to member-owners of the cooperative.

Grain Bins for Sale by Sealed Bid

Update: Thank you for your interest. These items have been sold.

CHS Inc., through its CHS Prairie Lakes office (“CHS”), is offering 3 grain bins in Long Prairie, Minnesota, for sale by sealed bid. The bins include one 40,000 bushel bin, one 25,000 bushel bin, and one 10,000 bushel bin. Bushel capacities are approximate. No real estate is included in this sale.

Bidding Process: Sealed bids with a cashiers’ check equaling 10% of the bid must be received no later than 4 pm, February 8, 2019. Bids may be mailed or delivered to 524 Pope Street, P.O. Box 580, Starbuck, MN 56381. All bids should include the name, address and phone number of the entity placing the bid. Bidder may bid on the bins individually or together.
Unsuccessful bidders will have their checks returned within five (5) days after the successful bid is determined.


Terms of Sale:
• CHS is offering the bins for sale “AS IS, WHERE IS” on a cash only basis.
• The bins would be conveyed by Bill of Sale.
• Buyer is responsible for all costs to remove the bins from CHS’ property.
• Buyer must carry comprehensive general liability insurance in an amount not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence naming CHS Inc. as additional insured.
• The bins must be removed from CHS’ property on or before April 29, 2019.
• CHS reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.

For questions, call Brad Manderschied at 320-239-2226, Tim Guza at 320-634-3028, or Martin Hagen at 732-2149. A copy of the purchase agreement is available for review by perspective bidders upon request from Brad, Tim or Martin.


Send sealed bids with bidder’s return address and phone number to:
CHS Inc.
Attn: Sealed Bid
524 Pope Street
P.O. Box 580
Starbuck, MN 56381

Stevens County Harvest Results

 

Click below to view 2017 plot results in Stevens County:

Chokio East Corn Plot
Features Allegiant, Pioneer, Wensman, NK & Mycogen hybrids

Chokio East Corn Plot
Features Dekalb, Pioneer, Wensman, NK & Mycogen hybrids

Chokio Seed Treatment Trial
Data from seed treatment & planting population trial

Chokio East Liberty Link Soybean Plot
Features Credenz and CHS Liberty varieties

Chokio East Soybean Plot
Features Allegiant, Pioneer, Wensman, Mycogen & NK varieties

Chokio East Soybean Plot
Features Asgrow, Pioneer, Wensman, Mycogen & NK varieties

Chokio East Xtend Soybean Plot
Features Allegiant & Wensman varieties

Chokio East Xtend Soybean Plot
Features Asgrow & Wensman varieties

 

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Todd County Harvest Results

 

Click below to view 2017 plot results in Todd County:

Long Prairie Corn Plot
Features Mycogen, Pioneer, Allegiant & NK hybrids

Long Prairie Corn Plot
Features Mycogen, Pioneer, Dekalb & NK hybrids

Long Prairie Corn Plot
Features NK, Mycogen & Allegiant hybrids

Long Prairie Corn Plot
Features NK, Mycogen & Dekalb hybrids

 

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Stearns County Harvest Results

 

Click below to view 2017 plot results in Stearns County:

Elrosa Corn Plot
Features Pioneer, Allegiant, Mycogen, NK & Wensman hybrids

Elrosa Corn Plot
Features Pioneer, Dekalb, Mycogen, NK & Wensman hybrids

Elrosa Soybean Plot
Features Wensman, Pioneer, Allegiant, NK & Mycogen varieties

Elrosa Soybean Plot
Features Wensman, Pioneer, Asgrow, NK & Mycogen varieties

 

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© 2019 CHS Inc.