Creating Connections to Empower Agriculture

donated to MN communities in the past 5 years
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scholarships to MN students studying agriculture in past 5 years

Empowering Agriculture for Farmers and Businesses Around the World

CHS creates connections to empower agriculture for farmers and businesses around the world, including right here in Minnesota. We’re owned by those we serve: farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. We work in energy, agronomy, grains and foods and are committed to making a meaningful impact in agriculture and the communities in which our owners, customers and employees live and work.

CHS invests in programs that develop new generations of ag leaders, promote ag safety and strengthen hometown communities. Here are some examples of how CHS has impacted greater Minnesota communities.

A $100,000 donation from CHS will help build the Construction Trades Academy at Fairmont High School in Fairmont, MN. The school aims to train the next generation of Minnesota’s workforce, which needs to replace more than 200,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 48 months due to baby boomer retirements. CHS creates job opportunities by relying on tradespeople at its 95 facilities throughout Minnesota.

To help create more ag educators in greater Minnesota, the CHS Foundation donated nearly $3.5 million to the University of Minnesota to transform agriculture education from kindergarten through higher education. By updating curriculum, creating active learning classrooms for teachers in training, and connecting students with rural communities, this program brings the next generation of top-notch agriculture teachers to greater Minnesota.

Through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship matching grant program, CHS helps cooperatives extend their impact toward local community projects. One example is a recent partnership with the Faribault Community Co-op and the Faribault Fire Department. Thanks to the grant, the fire department was able to get lifesaving equipment and training to conduct grain bin rescues. Since the training, the fire department has conducted numerous grain bin rescues, helping keep farmers and communities safe.

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