Our Company

Helping you grow.

Building success through a strong cooperative system.

Every day, CHS strives to grow opportunities for our producer and cooperative owners, as well as our energy, grain and food customers. Founded in 1929, and employing 10,000 people in 24 countries we’re a diversified farmer-owned Fortune 100 company. We’re making a difference around the world with our depth of energy, grain and food solutions—not to mention our full range of business services and our commitment to good stewardship. Growing more crops. Growing global markets. Growing opportunities.

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Our Vision & Values

Our Vision & Values
What drives everything we do.

Our Vision
To be a globally integrated energy, grains and foods system innovatively linking producers with consumers.

Our Mission
To grow company profitability and stakeholder value.

Our Values
At CHS, our values include a tradition of partnership and shared success. We build lasting and mutually rewarding customer relations. We manage our business safely and with the highest integrity. We’re responsible stewards in our communities. Just as importantly, we value our people and their innovative spirit.


Facts at a Glance

Facts at a Glance
Global Leader
We are a globally integrated Fortune 100 company supplying energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, insurance, financial & risk management services and food & food ingredients. 

We employ over 10,000 people across North America and in 24 other countries around the globe. 

Ownership Structure
We are committed to the cooperative business model, as reflected by our ownership made up of 600,000 producers, the majority are throughout 1,100 member cooperatives and 77,000 are served through CHS local service centers.  We also have 16,000 preferred stockholders. 

FY2013 Financials
We generated $992.4 million in net income and $44.5 billion in net revenues in fiscal year 2013. 

We offer three classes of preferred stock, CHSCPCHSCO and CHSCN, which are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. 

We are governed by a 17-member board of farmers and ranchers, who are elected by our cooperative-owners and producer-owners. 

CHS Retail
Our Country Operations unit serves more than 77,000 farmer-owners and customers via a network of more than 60 locally-governed service centers, comprising more than 400 locations and employing more than 5,400 people across 16 U.S. states and Canada.

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Our History

Our History
Highlights of our history of growth.
1929 - North Pacific Grain Growers, Inc. (NPGG) is organized as a regional cooperative, with 60 affiliated local cooperatives. The original 17-member board of directors holds its first meeting Dec. 19, 1929, at Lewiston, Idaho.
1931 - Cenex, originally the Farmers Union Central Exchange, is founded January 15. First offices are in downtown St. Paul, Minn.
1932 - In conjunction with other regional cooperatives, National Cooperatives (later named Universal Cooperatives) is organized.
1935 - Cenex moves from rented offices in St. Paul to its own new office, warehouse and oil blending plant in South St. Paul, Minn.
1938 - The Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association (GTA) opens for business in St. Paul, Minn., on June 1 with 121 local affiliated cooperatives. The new regional cooperative operates one terminal elevator in St. Paul and two branch offices located in Duluth, Minn., and Great Falls, Mont.
1938 - NPGG moves its office to Portland, Ore.
1942 - GTA moves into wheat milling with the acquisition of Amber Milling Co. in Rush City, Minn.
1943 - GTA purchases the St. Anthony and Dakota and Winter-Truesdell-Dierks elevator lines, marking the beginning of the GTA Line Division. The purchase includes a series of lumberyards that later form Great Plains Supply.
1943 - An oil refinery at Laurel, Mont., is purchased and a one-third interest in the National Cooperative Refinery Association at McPherson, Kan., is acquired.
1945 - Cenex enters the feed, plant food and seed business.
1946 - Cenex expands plant food operations by becoming a major stockholder of CF Industries.
1949 - GTA acquires the Minneapolis Great Northern and Superior (Wis.) Spencer-Kellogg terminals.
1957 - Cenex builds a new four-story office building at 1185 North Concord, South St. Paul, Minn.
1960 - A 424-mile petroleum products pipeline from the Laurel Refinery to a terminal at Minot, N.D., is completed.
1960 - GTA purchases the Honeymead soybean processing plant and the Archer Daniels Midland elevator line in southern Minnesota.
1962 - NPGG dedicates its new export terminal at Kalama, Wash., located on the lower Columbia River.
1971 - Cenex begins supplying 60 cooperatives in the Pacific Northwest formerly served by Grange Cooperative Wholesale.
1972 - Cenex enters the transportation business by acquiring Northern Cooperative Services of Wadena, Minn.
1975 - GTA adds a branch office in Portland, Ore., and opens a barge-loading terminal on the Mississippi River at Winona, Minn., and begins leasing the St. Paul Number Two Terminal, a corn and soybean barge-loading terminal on the Mississippi.
1976 - Utah Cooperative Association joins Cenex, adding 13 locally owned cooperatives.
1977 - Cenex begins serving Pacific Supply Cooperatives, adding 67 local cooperatives in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
1978 - Cenex introduces the first "pay at the pump" technology.
1981 - Solar Gas is purchased, making Cenex one of the top 10 propane suppliers in the nation.
1982 - Cenex acquires Western Farmers Association, based at Seattle, Wash., making it the largest cooperative supplier in the Pacific Northwest. 1982 - GTA opens a truck-rail-barge terminal at Savage, Minn.
1983 - North Pacific Grain Growers and GTA merge to form Harvest States Cooperatives.
1986 - Harvest States sells Froedert Malt Corporation. 1987 - Cenex joins with Land O’Lakes to form the Cenex/Land O’Lakes Ag Services marketing joint venture.
1988 - First CENEX® convenience store opens.
1992 - Cenex completes 256-mile pipeline extension in North Dakota.
1992 - Cenex acquires majority ownership (74.2 percent) of the 75,000 barrel per day National Cooperative Refinery Association at McPherson, Kan.
1992 - Harvest States and Continental Grain enter a joint venture, the Tacoma Export Marketing Co. (TEMCO) at Tacoma, Washington, for feed grain shipments to Pacific Rim countries.
1993 - Cenex members officially adopt CENEX, Inc., as the regional cooperative’s name.
1993 - Southwest Grain, Gladstone, ND, regionalizes with Harvest States, becoming a division of the Farm Marketing & Supply Group. Regionalization is a unique concept pioneered by Harvest States that combines local control with the services and marketing reach of a regional cooperative.
1994 - Harvest States acquires an export elevator at Myrtle Grove, La., and a river terminal at Davenport, Iowa, to strengthen its capabilities for originating and shipping grain for export.
1995 - Cenex constructs 302-mile crude oil pipeline near Cut Bank, Mont., to its Laurel refinery.
1995 - Harvest States’ annual grain volume tops 1 billion bushels for the first time in history.
1995 - Harvest States and Wilsey Foods, a subsidiary of leading international trading firm Mitsui & Co. Ltd., form a joint venture, Ventura Foods, purchasing a food processing plant at Chambersburg, Pa.
1998 - Cenex and Harvest States unite on June 1 to form an integrated agricultural foods system linking producers to consumers.
2001 - CHS announces a joint venture, Horizon Milling, LLC., in flour milling with Cargill, Inc., with a total of 21 mills. CHS producers will be the primary supplier of wheat for the alliance, which will be able to serve bakery and other flour customers nationwide.
2002 - CHS acquires Agway’s Grandin, N.D.-based Sunflower business.
2003 - The grains and foods division of CHS announced the opening of a wholly owned subsidiary originating and marketing soybeans from Brazil to customers nationwide.
2003 - The company adopts CHS Inc. as its legal name effective August 5. All operating divisions carry the CHS name; although Cenex remains the company's energy brand.
2005 - CHS announces $325 million coker project at Laurel, Mont. refinery.
2005 - Ventura Foods acquires Maries® and Dean's® dressings and dips.
2006 - CHS system marks 75th anniversary.
2007 - CHS opens grain marketing offices in Switzerland and China.
2008 - CHS begins Black Sea operations in Ukraine.
2009 - CHS expands global presence with grain export venues in Australia, Ukraine and Russia and a grain marketing office in Argentina.
2010 - CHS opens grain trading office in Argentina and grain and crop nutrients office in Amman, Jordan.
2011 - CHS acquires grain company Agri Point Limited in the western Black Sea region, with facilities in Bulgaria, Hungary, Rumania and Serbia.
2012 - CHS completes soy protein firm acquisition in Israel, China and Nebraska.
2012 - CHS enters Canada with Alberta agronomy acquisition.
2013 - CHS opens Taiwan and Uruguay offices.
2013 - CHS and Ruralco form joint venture with Australian grain company Agfarm.
2013 - CHS issues CHSCO, Class B Reset Rate Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock.
2013 - CHS returns record $600 million to cooperative owners.
2014 - CHS joins Cargill and ConAgra Foods to create Ardent Mills, a flour milling company.
2014 - CHS acquires Rochelle, Ill. ethanol plant.
2014 - CHS issues CHSCN, Class B Series 2 Preferred Stock.
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