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Ag is essential infrastructure. CHS locations continue to operate.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has issued a Stay-at-Home Order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order will be in effect from 11:59 p.m., Friday, March 27, through Friday, April 10, 2020. Consistent with guidance from the United States Department of Homeland Security, the order exempts certain essential infrastructure and services, including agriculture and food.

After a full review of the order, CHS has determined that its operations fit within this exemption and we will continue to operate to provide essential products and services so cooperatives, retailers and farmers can plant and grow crops, raise livestock and bring the food they produce to market.

Below is a note from CHS to our customers in Minnesota.

Download the letter here.

COVID-19 Updates

As you are aware, the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. Safety is a core value for CHS and includes a focus on the health and wellbeing of our employees, families, customers and owners, and the communities in which we live and work.

We understand that spring is here, and we want to emphasize; we’re still operating. We are simply adjusting some protocols. We have implemented the following changes effective Monday, March 23, until further notice: 

  • We are limiting access at all locations. We respectfully ask you to contact us through phone or email whenever possible. Some of our locations have enacted split shift schedules; staff that can work remotely have been asked to do so and will be available via phone or e-mail.
  • If you need a grain check, please contact us and we will mail it promptly, deliver it to local bank for deposit or set up a pickup location outside of the office.
  • We have restricted face-to-face meetings. Our grain procurement team will conduct business via phone, text or email. As a company that prides itself on the relationships we have built, this will be a difficult change. However, face-to-face meetings pose a greater risk for everyone involved. If you need to conduct critical business that requires an in-person meeting, please call for an appointment to confirm access to the facility and availability of staff.
  • For those customers or vendors delivering grain or picking up grain checks, we ask that you limit your time in the office to essential business. At some locations, we are asking drivers to remain in their cab. Please check our location policies or watch for information and direction upon arrival.

We will adjust our practices as necessary in the coming days, weeks or months. Please check our website for the latest updates. Rest assured, it is our commitment that we will continue to provide excellent service and support throughout this unprecedented time, even if we must do it differently. We value your business, your trust in CHS and appreciate your understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming normal interactions as soon as circumstances allow.

Grant from CHS purchases grain rescue tubes for Waubun Fire Department


With a $3,400 grant from the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program, the Waubun Fire Department was able to purchase grain rescues tubes. Pictured receiving the tubes are (l. to r.): Waubun Fire Department members Brett Brehm, Phil Stalberger, Paul Brehm,
James Hardy, general manager, CHS, and Scott Brehm.

The CHS ag retailer based out of Mahnomen, Minnesota, has announced a $3,400 grant to the Waubun Fire Department Relief Association. This money will be used to purchase grain rescue tubes for the local volunteer fire department.

“Safety is one of our top priorities at CHS,” said James Hardy, general manager. “We are always looking for ways to keep our employees, farmers and communities safe. We know the Waubun Fire Department shares that same commitment as our first responders put in many hours of training. We are proud to help in their efforts to have the right equipment in place for when emergencies happen.”

This donation was made possible through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program, a competitive grant program that matches funds for projects in rural communities based on three core focus areas: safety, ag leadership development, and broad community engagement.

Area producers share in local CHS patronage distribution

Eligible farmer-owners of the CHS retail business based out of Mahnomen, Minnesota, shared in the recent distribution of cash patronage and equity based on business done with the co-op.

“We’re extremely proud to share this important cooperative membership benefit with our customers,” said James Hardy, 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. allocated a total of $2,285,628.46 in patronage dividends to its eligible members based on business done Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018, of which $403,870.33 is being paid out in cash.

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 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.

Join us for our annual meeting March 19

As a valued patron of CHS, you and a guest are invited to the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN, on Tuesday, March 19, at 11:00 a.m. for the annual report of the CHS Country Operations group based out of Mahnomen, Minnesota.  The agenda will include CHS Northland Regional Vice President Tom Lehar and Minnesota directors from the CHS corporate board.  Lunch will follow the meeting.

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