Recognize, respect risks associated with grain handling

Grain powers American agriculture. During Stand-Up for Grain Safety Week, March 25 through 29, we want to remind everyone working on farms and in grain-handling facilities to respect and understand the risks associated with working with grain.

“It’s important to continue to work with the industry, our employees and our farmer-owners on the hazards in the grain industry, while stressing safe practices and controls to ensure their safety,” says Matt Surdick, manager, Country Operations Environment, Health and Safety, CHS.

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It Takes Talent to Feed the World

By Nanci Lilja, President, CHS Foundation

When most people think of agriculture, they wonder how we are going to feed the growing population of 9.6 billion by 2050. And while that’s an important question to consider, I find myself thinking more often about the individuals needed to fill the talent pipeline to feed that growing population.

With nearly 4 in 10 agriculture jobs going unfilled each year and the average-age of farmers ever increasing, it’s going to take a pragmatic, creative approach to encourage young people to pursue careers in agriculture.

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CHS adds crop protection distribution with acquisition of West Central

West Central Distribution

CHS has completed the acquisition of West Central Distribution, LLC, a full-service wholesale distributor of agronomy products headquartered in Willmar, Minnesota.

“Completing the acquisition of West Central demonstrates our commitment to provide more of the products, services and technologies cooperatives, retailers and our farmer-owners need to compete,” said Gary Halvorson, senior vice president, CHS Agronomy. “Ownership of West Central expands our agronomy platform, positions CHS as a leading supply partner to cooperatives and retailers serving growers throughout the United States and adds value for CHS owners.”

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Will 2019 be a disease year?

It may be impossible to tell with complete certainty where a disease will be an issue, but most people can agree on the conditions that can lead to disease. These conditions, otherwise known as the Disease Triangle, include a susceptible host, a conducive environment and a pathogen. When those three things collide, there will be a disease issue.

disease triangle

Though we can see the triangle forming, we can’t always predict how strong the pathogen will spread or how strong it will be. Because we are unable to make this prediction, prevention and planning are key to stopping the spread of diseases.

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Propane Tank Maintenance

Mother Nature has made it clear this year that winter is here to stay!  
Keep warm until the warm weather returns by keeping these tips in mind as it relates to your propane tank.

  • Keep a path from your driveway to your propane tank clear and free of snow. Failure to do so will impact our delivery team’s ability to fill your propane tank. We want to ensure you have heat all winter, but we need your help to ensure we can access it. We recommend clearing a path after each snowfall and whenever drifting occurs, to keep the path accessible for propane delivery trucks.
  • Keep your tank free from deep snow coverage. Propane tanks that are covered in deep snow are at greater risk for leaks, as the fittings, joints, and even the whole tank (with deep snowfall) can shift due to the weight of the snow.  Snow-covered tanks can also prevent any leaking gas from escaping, causing a dangerous gas build-up.  The snow also impacts how well your tank operates, as heavy cover can cause improper vaporization.  Stay safe and keep your propane system fully functioning by periodically brushing the tank off this winter.
  • Ensure safe practices when clearing snow. Keep safety top of mind around your propane tank this winter—be sure to exercise care when using heavy equipment to move snow, and use a broom (rather than a shovel) to clear snow from the tank to avoid puncturing the tank.
  • As always, if you smell gas, leave the area immediately! Avoid flames and sparks—don’t turn on light switches, and wait to use your cell phone until you are away from the area.  If it is safe to do so, turn off the main gas supply valve on the tank; then, report the leak, using a phone from a safe distance away from the leak.

If you have any questions regarding your propane service or are looking to lock in heating gallons, please give our office a call at 218-739-3521.

CANCELED: 2018 Annual Meeting

February 11 Update: Due to weather, this event has been canceled.

It was a big year with the unification of CHS Border States and CHS New Horizons!
A new name calls for a new layout to the annual meeting.
We’re excited about the agenda we have planned for the event and hope you can attend!

Join us at your local CHS annual meeting and learn more about what happened at your cooperative during the past year.

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Location: North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND
Start Time: 9AM

9:00 – 10:00 – Business Meeting
Election of board members, financial report & 2018 year in review

10:00 – 11:45 – Breakout Speakers

Global Agriculture: What’s Your Fit?
Presented by Brian Schouvieller, Senior Vice President, CHS Global Grain Marketing
How does your farming operation fit into the
global ag market? Brain will discuss
the global footprint of CHS, along with a high-level
trade summary, to answer this question.

News About Nitrogen
Presented by Jim Carlson, Crop Nutrients Regional Sales Manager
Unlike grain markets, fertilizer prices have been
trending up. Why aren’t prices for these
commodities linked more closely? We will
explain how market trends, trade flows, industry
dynamics, global geopolitical influences and
weather patterns affect fertilizer prices.

State Capitol Views
Presented by Jake Hamlin, CHS Government Affairs
What is the latest on the proposed Nitrogen
rule? Why is there a push for statewide grain
elevator checkoff dollars? How likely are tax
credits for buffer strips? What are state officials
doing toward a global trade resolution? Jake
Hamlin will cover these topics, among others,
during his presentation.

11:45 – 12:20 – Keynote Speaker

Bull or Bear? The Great Debate

This session pits Mosaic’s two veteran analysts (Dr. Mike Rahm & Andy Jung) against each other in two informal, and somewhat irreverent, debates about the phosphate and potash outlooks. Based on a coin toss, one analyst will argue the bull case while the other will argue the bear case, with the audience ultimately deciding the most convincing and winning argument.

12:20 – 1:20 – Lunch


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

1099 Notice

Updated Notice (February 18, 2019):

Revised 1099s were sent in the mail Friday, February 15th to members, along with a letter outlining information regarding the 1099s. Please note the 1099s being mailed are not replacements to the one you already received, but rather an additional statement to provide your tax preparer. Please keep a watch on your mail this week to collect this statement.

We appreciate your understanding of this situation and welcome any additional questions.

Original Notice (February 6, 2019):

On your CHS 1099 PATR box 3 if you had any grain transactions where you received payment in the time frame of 01/01/18-08/31/18 this information may not be showing on your 1099 detail statement or included in your 1099 box 3 amount.  We are working to have corrected 1099’s sent out. 
We apologize for this error and we will have it corrected as soon as we have the new amounts.  Thank you.

CHS Reports $347 million first quarter fiscal 2019 net income

CHS Inc. has reported a net income of $347.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. “Our strong first quarter results position us well as we start our 2019 fiscal year,” said Jay Debertin, CHS president and chief executive officer. “We are focused on making CHS our customers’ first choice by advancing our technology solutions and equipping employees to meet the changing needs of our customers around the world. We will do this while maintaining financial discipline and rigor.”

Key financial highlights for the quarter that ended Nov. 30, 2018, include:

  • Net income of $347.1 million, an increase of $159.9 million from the restated first quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Consolidated revenues of $8.5 billion, a $452.4 million increase from the restated first period of fiscal 2018.
  • Pretax income of $367.2 million, an increase of $159.4 million from the restated first period of fiscal 2018.
  • Improved crude oil pricing, which drove higher refining margins.
  • Favorable market conditions in the crop nutrients business, which resulted in higher margins.
  • Improved earnings in the company’s CF Nitrogen, Ardent Mills and Ventura Foods investments.

First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Segment Results

The following segment results were reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 as compared to first quarter fiscal 2018.

ENERGY

The $112.0 million increase in Energy pretax earnings reflects the following:

  • Improved market conditions in the refined fuels business driven by favorable crude oil pricing.

AG

The $5.1 million increase in Ag pretax earnings was driven by the following:

  • Improved pricing within the company’s crop nutrients and processing and food ingredients businesses and volume increases within grain and processing.

NITROGEN PRODUCTION

The $18.0 million increase in Nitrogen Production pretax earnings reflects the following:

  • Improved margins within the Nitrogen Production business driven by increased sales prices of urea and UAN, which are produced and sold by CF Nitrogen.

CORPORATE AND OTHER

The $24.3 million increase in Corporate and Other pretax earnings reflects the following:

  • Higher earnings from the company’s investments in Ventura Foods, LLC and Ardent Mills, LLC as well as increased interest revenue from the company’s financing business.

In late December 2018, CHS, a 25 percent owner of West Central Distribution, exercised its option to purchase the remaining 75 percent of the respected crop protection distribution company and is in the process of completing due diligence and satisfying regulatory, legal and other requirements.

Read the full press release online here.

CHS owners elect five directors at CHS Annual Meeting

chs board of directors at CHS Annual Meeting
CHS elected five directors at the CHS Annual Meeting. 
Pictured (left to right) are: David Beckman, David Johnsrud, David Kayser, Russ Kehl and Steve Fritel.

The 2018 CHS Annual Meeting wrapped up December 7 as more than 1,900 CHS member-owners took part in educational sessions, board elections and governance, and heard company updates in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A recap of the meeting, including the 2018 CHS Annual Report, videos and photos is ready to view.

During CHS Board elections Friday morning, CHS owners elected a farmer from Nebraska and re-elected four other farmers to serve three-year terms on the board. CHS Directors must be full-time farmers or ranchers to be eligible for election to the 17-member board.

Newly elected Director David Beckman of Elgin, Nebraska, succeeds Don Anthony of Lexington, Nebraska, who retired after serving on the board since 2006. Along with his wife, brother and their families, Beckman raises irrigated corn and soybeans and operates a custom hog-feeding operation. He received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he serves as board chairman for Central Valley Ag Cooperative, York, Nebraska, and secretary of the Nebraska Cooperative Council.

Re-elected were Steve Fritel, Rugby, North Dakota; David Johnsrud, Starbuck, Minnesota; David Kayser, Alexandria, South Dakota; and Russ Kehl, Quincy, Washington.

Following the annual meeting, the CHS Board re-elected Dan Schurr, LeClaire, Iowa, to a one-year term as chairman. Other directors selected as officers for 2019 were:

  • J. Blew, Castleton, Kansas, first vice chairman
  • David Johnsrud, Starbuck, Minnesota, secretary-treasurer
  • Jon Erickson, Minot, North Dakota, second vice chairman
  • Steve Riegel, Ford, Kansas, assistant secretary-treasurer

Learn more about the CHS Board of Directors.

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