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New Leaders

CHS New Leaders Program

New Leaders play a crucial role in helping agriculture and the cooperative system thrive. Whether you are under 45 years old, or you are part of the next generation that hasn’t yet taken full responsibility for the farm or ranch, the CHS New Leaders Program is for you.

At the heart of the program is the CHS New Leaders Forum, where you will gain insights from thought leaders, exchange perspectives with peers and experts, and gear up for the future while attending the CHS Annual Meeting. 

You can also take advantage of a number of other opportunities for you to explore board leadership, develop advocacy skills, learn about resources, and much more … all while voicing your opinions so that the company you own – CHS – successfully evolves to serve you, your children and your grandchildren.


  • CHS New Leaders Forum

    Held in conjunction with the CHS Annual Meeting, the CHS New Leaders Forum is a dynamic and interactive program that enhances leadership skills, expands industry and cooperative knowledge, and provides a forum for the next generation to help shape the future of CHS. “Networking and brainstorming with other young farmers was great. I’m excited to apply what I learned from them to make my farm more successful,” said alumni Chad Davison, Tintah, Minn. If you’d like to attend the CHS New Leaders Forum in December, contact your local co-op manager.

    This year's event was held Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, in Minneapolis. Attendees heard directly from CHS CEO Carl Casale as he shared his thoughts on the future of CHS and the ag industry, and experts from the Land As Your Legacy program illustrated the value of early planning and how to get started. Attendees also had the chance to hear from guest speaker David Horsager. 

    Horsager, MA, CSP, is a business strategist, keynote speaker, CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute and author of the National Bestseller, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. David has delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from Wells Fargo and the New York Yankees to Goodyear and the Department of Homeland Security. Get free resources and more at www.DavidHorsager.com and www.TrustEdge.com.

  • Play Commodity Challenge

    Play the New Commodity Challenge. The New Commodity Challenge helps people learn the ins and outs of grain marketing in a cost-free and risk-free environment. Join today.

    There are three games available:

    • CHS New Leaders Corn Challenge 2016
    • CHS New Leaders Soybean Challenge 2016
    • CHS New Leaders Wheat Challenge 2016

    Directions:
    Log into http://commoditychallenge.com/, then complete the following steps:

        a. Click "Join a Game"
        b. Select the game from the list (and you can join all three!) and click "Join"
        c. Enter the following password: CHS (the same password works for all three games)

    Once you have completed these steps, the game will appear on your screen.

    Good luck!

  • Your CHS Town Hall Meetings

    CHS wants to hear from agriculture’s next generation, so please plan to participate in a Your CHS Town Hall Meeting in your area in the summer of 2017.  Dates and locations for the meetings will be posted on our website, so check back later for updates.  If you would like to receive an email notice, please let us know at CHSNewLeadersProgram@chsinc.com.

  • Board Development

    Focused on cooperative leadership development, the Your CHS Experience Board Development Event includes ample opportunity to network with directors, as well as valuable Board Leadership 101 information for new and/or aspiring directors. (A number of free enrollments are available for aspiring directors.) “The speakers put the bigger picture into perspective, and the breakouts were very beneficial to me as a new director,” said Sarah Olson, a 2016 attendee. If interested in attending Your CHS Experience in Las Vegas in February 2017, contact your local co-op manager.

  • Statewide Opportunities

    CHS sponsors a number of rural leadership and statewide agricultural programs, some of which offer young farmer and rancher conferences, site visits, or other educational programs. If you would like to learn about potential program participation in your area, contact CHSNewLeadersProgram@chsinc.com.

  • Political Advocacy

    Consider participating in political advocacy with CHS Government Affairs. Opportunities vary, and may include trips to the nation’s capital and visits with members of Congress and government agencies. Participants learn skills critical for effectively engaging and making a powerful impact on issues relevant to farmers, ranchers and cooperatives. For more information, contact CHSNewLeadersProgram@chsinc.com.