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Local high school seniors awarded CHS Northern Plains scholarships

Five high school seniors from the CHS Northern Plains trade area have been named recipients $1000 scholarships.

“Our youth is the next generation of our rural communities, we’re proud to be able to support them and their future endeavors.” said Todd Oster, general manager.

The recipients of the 2020 CHS Northern Plains scholarships include:

Ty Buchholz, Fredonia, ND, son of Billy and Bari Buchholz
Hunter Eide, Gettysburg, SD, son of Shon and Gerri Eide
Jake Herr, Wishek, ND, son of Bruce and Stacey Herr
Amy Ingerson, Eureka, SD, daughter of Brian and Francie Ingerson
Chessa McDaniel, Lantry, SD, daughter of Donnie and Kimberly McDaniel

In order to be eligible for a CHS Northern Plains scholarship, applicants must be a high school senior from the CHS Northern Plains trade area. A parent or guardian must be a customer of CHS Northern Plains. We encourage but do not require the individual to be seeking a degree or certification in agricultural studies.  Full details can be found on our website, chsnorthernplains.com.

The local CHS Northern Plains retail businesses deliver agronomy, energy, feed and grain products and services to North and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from eight locations, as 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.

COVID-19 Updates – Locations

Current COVID-19 Changes at CHS Northern Plains (Updated Regularly)
Last updated 4/9/2020

Overall Company Updates:

  • We are limiting access at all locations and have eliminated walk-in traffic. Our staff members are available via phone (calls and texts) and email to fully serve your needs during this time.
  • We have restricted face-to-face meetings. Our sales staff 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 all parties. 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. All visitors to our office will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our facilities.

CHS Capital Updates:

  • Please contact Rachelle Griese at (c) 605-765-4591 or Jolene Schall at (c) 605-295-1515 with any CHS Capital inquiries. All capital business will be handled by phone or email only. Rachelle will process any capital checks mailed in or dropped off remotely.

CHS Northern Plains Main Office, Gettysburg, SD:

In order to follow the social distancing recommendations, we currently have a limited staff in the office.

If you need to place a fuel or propane order call 605-765-2477 to speak to Erika. If she is not able to answer, please leave her a message or for immediate assistance call Steve Eldeen at 605-377-3895.

For the agronomy dept call 605-765-2498 or Ross at 605-769-4089, for the grain dept call 605-765-2496 or Shawn at 605-769-0432, for Capital call Rachelle at 605-765-4591, for safety call Kelly at 605-769-0570, for accounting call Bridget at 605-769-0426 or Melissa at 605-769-9009.


Ashley C-Store:

  • Hours of Operation: 6AM – 6PM Monday – Friday, Closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • No prepared food or dining-in available.

Ashley Location:

  • Ashley Main Office Hours of Operation: 8AM to 5PM.
  • Ashley Agronomy Hours of Operation: 8AM – 5PM.
  • All visitors, patrons and vendors entering the office will be asked to complete a screening. We ask that you limit any visit to just what is essential.
  • Please call ahead for all agronomy product, our staff will have it ready for pickup. Customers are asked to stay in their vehicle during pickup.
  • Venturia Elevator Hours of Operation: 8AM – 5PM
  • Elevator office is closed to all foot traffic until further notice.
  • For grain deliveries and shipping, please remain in your truck at all times, unless to tarp, un-tarp or open traps. All paperwork will be brought to you.
  • Grain checks will be mailed out or an arrangement will be made for pickup – call our office to talk with a member of our staff.

We have cell, email, text and Adobe sign available for use.
We will update you as guidelines change.


Dupree Location:

  • Hours of Operation: 7:30AM – 5:00PM Monday – Friday, 8AM – 12PM Saturday.
  • Our office is closed to all visitors.
  • Please call ahead for all orders, our team will have it ready for you upon arrival.

If we all work together, we can get through this difficult time.
Thank you for your business.


Eureka Location:

  • Eureka Agronomy Hours of Operation: 8AM – 5PM
  • Eureka Main Office Hours of Operation: 8AM – 5PM
  • All visitors, patrons and vendors entering the office will be asked to complete a screening. We ask that you limit any visit to just what is essential.
  • Please call ahead for agronomy products, our staff will have it ready upon your arrival. Please stay in your vehicle during pickup.

We have cell, email, text and Adobe sign available for use.
We will update you as guidelines change.


Faulkton Location:

  • Hours of Operation: 8AM – 5PM
  • Office is closed to visitors until further notice.
  • Warehouse needs: Please call ahead with needs, our team will prepare your order and schedule a pickup time.
  • We can be reached by contacting the office, cell phones and email.

Gettysburg Location:

  • Hours of Operation: 8AM – 5PM
  • Gettysburg grain office is closed to the public until further notice.
  • Feed Warehouse Loadouts: Please call ahead with any feed orders, our team will prepare your order. Please stay in your vehicle during pickup.
  • Farm Deliveries: we ask you to keep distance from CHS employees.
  • Grain Deliveries: Inbound and Outbound loads, please stay in your truck and we will service you.
  • Grain Samples: There is a drop box by the office door at the East scale, please call ahead and/or drop samples at the box and we will call you with grading results.
  • Grain checks can be mailed or arrangements can be made for pickup in the drop box at the East scale. Please contact our office to talk with a member of our staff.

We have cell, email, text and Adobe sign available for use.
We will update you as guidelines change.


Isabel Location:

  • Hours of Operation: 7:30AM – 5:00PM Monday-Friday, closed Saturdays until further notice.
  • Please call ahead for pickup, our team will prepare your order and have it ready upon arrival.
  • If you must enter the building, please us the hand sanitizer at the door and we ask that you adhere to the 6-foot distancing guidelines set out by the CDC.

If we all work together, we can get through this difficult time.
Thank you for your business.


Selby Location:

  • Hours of Operation: 7AM – 5PM
  • Selby Grain and Agronomy offices are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Warehouse Loadouts: Call ahead with any feed, chemical and fertilizer needs. Our team will prepare your order for arrival. Please stay in your vehicle during pickup.
  • For grain deliveries, you are asked to stay out of driveway offices and open your own traps.
  • Grain checks will be mailed out or set in entry way for pickup, please call our office to talk with a member of our staff.

We have cell, email, text and Adobe sign available for use.
We will update you as guidelines change.


Strasburg Location:

  • Hours of Operation: 7AM – 5PM
  • Offices are closed to the public until further notice
  • Grain Receiving: Customers are asked to open their own traps and ask that you adhere to the 6-foot distancing guidelines set out by the CDC.
  • Grain Loadout: Drivers are asked to keep distance from employees while watching gauges and rolling tarps.

We have cell, email, text and Adobe sign available for use.
We will update you as guidelines change.


We will adjust our practices as necessary in the coming days, weeks or months. 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.
Stay safe and healthy,
Todd Oster
General Manager

Special Alert- General Manager Updates on COVID-19

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 Northern Plains 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 I want to emphasize; we are open for business. We are simply adjusting some protocols. CHS Northern Plains has implemented the following changes effective Thursday, March 19th, 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 setup a pickup location outside of the office. 
  • All visitors to our office will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our facilities. We are also asking all staff and visitors to adhere to the 6-foot distance recommended by the CDC to reduce virus spread.
  • For in-home propane leak checks, inspections or service; customers will be asked to complete a simple screening questionnaire prior to any CHS employee providing in-home service work.    
  • We have restricted face-to-face meetings. Our sales staff 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.
  • We ask you to call ahead for product pickup whenever possible, our team will ensure that everything is ready to load upon your arrival.
  •  For those customers or vendors delivering grain or picking up products, 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. 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 Northern Plains and appreciate your understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming normal interactions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Todd Oster
General Manager
CHS Northern Plains

NORTH DAKOTA IN-CROP DICAMBA USE EXTENDED UNTIL JULY 10

June 26, 2019
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) announced today it will extend the application date for the in-crop use of Dicamba on soybeans for the 2019 growing season. The new deadline is July 10 or beginning bloom (R1 growth phase), whichever comes first. In January, NDDA had approved a 24c Special Local Needs (SLN) label for the in-crop use of Dicamba on soybeans only until June 30.
“Due to persistent rain events, lack of suitable days for spraying and the delayed growth of soybeans, the last date for applications has been extended to July 10,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “The beginning bloom (R1 growth phase) restriction is still applicable and product may not be applied if soybeans have reached this phase.”
All provisions of the federal label still apply.

Dicamba Cutoff Date Approaching

Dicamba cutoff dates are approaching for both North and South Dakota. See details below from each department of Agriculture.


SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2019
Media Contact: Maggie Stensaas, 605.773.4073

Dicamba Cutoff Date Approaching

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds applicators that June 30 is the cutoff date for dicamba products.

The SDDA obtained Special Local Needs registration labels, also known as 24(c) labels, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the following products: Engenia, Fexapan and Xtendimax with VaporGrip Technology. These labels establish a June 30 cutoff for applications of these products in South Dakota for the 2019 growing season. Applicators can use these products until soybeans reach the R1 growth stage, 45 days after planting or June 30, whichever comes first.

“While the weather has had an impact on planting this year, which I know is frustrating for many producers, the fact remains that warmer conditions in July increase the risk of volatility and drift when using dicamba products. The cutoff date is based on data which supports increased risk of drift after July 1,” says Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman. “I encourage producers to explore the other products available to them once the cutoff date for use of dicamba has passed.”

Anyone applying Engenia, Fexapan or Xtendimax with VaporGrip Technology must also abide by the restrictions included in the EPA labels for those products, including recordkeeping requirements. Additionally, applicators applying or purchasing these products will have to complete annual dicamba specific training. Trainings can be found on the SDDA website at https://sdda.sd.gov/ag-services/dicamba/.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit them online at sdda.sd.gov or find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


IN-CROP DICAMBA USE SUBJECT TO NORTH DAKOTA-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

May 2, 2019

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is reminding producers that the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) has developed a 24c Special Local Needs (SLN) label for the in-crop use of Dicamba on soybeans. The federal label would only allow for in-crop applications no more than 45 days after planting or prior to beginning bloom (R1 growth phase), whichever comes first. The North Dakota 24c SLN allows applications of Dicamba on soybeans through June 30 or beginning bloom (R1 growth phase), whichever comes first.

In October 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has extended the registration of Dicamba for two years for over-the-top use in Dicamba-tolerant soybeans, while also making new changes to the label.

The other label changes made by the EPA for the Dicamba formulations of XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan are as follows:

  • Two-year registration (until Dec. 20, 2020)
  • Only certified applicators may apply Dicamba over the top (those working under the supervision of a certified applicator may no longer make applications)
  • Applications will only be allowed from 1 hour after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset
  • In counties where endangered species may exist, the downwind buffer will remain at 110 feet and there will be a new 57-foot buffer around the other sides of the field (the 110-foot downwind buffer applies to all applications, not just in counties where endangered species may exist)
  • Clarifies training period for 2019 and beyond, ensuring consistency across all three products
  • Enhanced tank clean out instructions for the entire system
  • Enhanced label to improve applicator awareness on the impact of low pH’s on the potential volatility of Dicamba
  • Label clean up and consistency to improve compliance and enforceability

“As a best management practice, farmers should strongly consider good weed management strategies such as pre-plant and pre-emerge products,” Goehring said. “Farmers should not rely solely on post-emergence applications of Dicamba or any herbicide for weed control.”

The new protocols will only affect applications made on soybeans for XtendiMax, Engenia, and FeXapan. The restrictions will not affect generic Dicamba on other crops.

Local high school seniors awarded CHS Northern Plains scholarships

Five high school seniors from the CHS Northern Plains trade area have been named recipients of $1000 scholarships.
 
“CHS Northern Plains is committed to strengthening our future leaders and ensuring a strong future for our youth,” said Todd Oster, general manager. “Since the scholarship program started, it’s been an honor and a privilege to make an impact in the endeavors of our youth right here in our local communities. Congratulations to this year’s recipients.”
 
 
The recipients of the 2019 CHS Northern Plains scholarships include:

Cole Baumiller, Hazelton, ND, son of Scott & Corrine Baumiller
Tanner Kempf, Ashley, ND, son of John & Michelle Kempf
Alex Vander Vorste, Pollock, SD, son of Loren & Andrea Vander Vorste
Autumn Wieseler, Gettysburg, SD, daughter of Ben Wieseler and Deb and Justin Cronin
Lauren Wittler, Onida, SD, daughter of Matt & Sherise Wittler
 
In order to be eligible for a CHS Northern Plains scholarship, applicants must be a high school senior from the CHS Northern Plains trade area. A parent or guardian must be a customer of CHS Northern Plains. We encourage but do not require the individual to be seeking a degree or certification in agricultural studies.  Full details can be found on our website, chsnorthernplains.com.
 
The local CHS Northern Plains retail businesses deliver agronomy, energy, feed and grain products and services to North and South Dakota ag producers and other customers from eight locations, as 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.

Area producers share in local CHS patronage distribution

Area producers share in local CHS patronage distribution

GETTYSBURG, SOUTH DAKOTA, April 17, 2019 – Eligible farmer-owners of CHS Northern Plains, based out of Gettysburg, South Dakota, 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 Todd Oster, 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 $6,257,066.98 in patronage dividends to its eligible members based on business done Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018, of which $1,105,623.76 is being paid out in cash.

Overall, CHS Inc. will return $150 million in cash patronage and equity redemption to its farmer-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.

The Gettysburg-based retail business delivers agronomy, energy, grain and feed products and services to South and North Dakota ag producers and other customers from 10 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.

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CHS Foundation Announces $1.5 Million Gift to Support SDSU Precision Agriculture Program

 

Photo from left to right: CAFES Dean John Killefer, CHS Board of Director Tracy Jones, CHS Board of Director Randy Knecht, CHS Foundation President Nanci Lilja, SDSU President Barry Dunn, Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Dean Bruce Berdanier, CHS Board of Director Dave Kayser, and CHS Region Vice President Ed Mallett.

 

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., announced a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University (SDSU) precision agriculture program and construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus.

“The gift from the CHS Foundation is pivotal in allowing us to make our globally preeminent precision agriculture program a reality,” says John Killefer, the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

The gift aligns with CHS priorities around ensuring that educating the next generation of ag leadership includes technology and tradition.

“The CHS Foundation is committed to supporting projects that cultivate opportunity for students interested in the agriculture industry,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation.  “By supporting the precision ag program at SDSU, there will be more qualified graduates entering the agriculture industry.”

SDSU is the nation’s first land-grant university to offer a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture. The degree is a collaborative effort encompassing the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department and the Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, as well as the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.

SDSU’s precision agriculture degree will provide students with access to cutting-edge developments in the rapidly evolving intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. Students will be prepared for lifelong careers that support economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture.

This facility will allow the state to lead the nation in precision agriculture research, teaching and innovation.

“The gift in support of the Raven Precision Agriculture Center will positively impact our students and industry for decades to come,” says Killefer. “This commitment from the CHS Foundation illustrates the leadership role and vision they have within the agricultural industry.”

The building has 129,000 square feet of floor space that will be able to house modern precision farm equipment and will provide collaborative learning spaces for student design projects. Flexible space will give scientists from a variety of departments and industry space to collaborate on research and education.

“Precision agriculture technology is ever-changing,” says Lilja. “It’s exciting to envision the impact students will have by developing new technologies through collaboration with their peers and industry leaders in this new environment.”

Final construction plans are in-progress. Some ground work is expected to begin this fall, with construction starting in the spring of 2019.

About the CHS Foundation

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is focused on developing a new generation of agriculture leaders for life-long success. Together, with our partners, we are igniting innovation and driving excellence in agriculture education, cultivating high-impact programs for rural youth and accelerating potential for careers in agriculture. Learn more at http://chsfoundation.org.

About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from seven different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 36 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

 

 
 

 

 

 

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