Cooperatives

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

    The CHS New Leaders Forum is an event exclusively designed for the next generation cooperative owners to help them better understand the cooperative model, develop their leadership skills, and tackle issues relevant to them. Over the course of program, which is held in conjunction with the CHS Annual Meeting, participants will:

    • Participate in a dynamic and interactive workshop lead by David Horsager, author of The Trust Edge, on the critical role trust plays in leadership.
    • Meet and mingle with CHS board members and senior leaders at a private welcome reception and dinner on Tuesday evening, Dec 5. 
    • Have the opportunity to talk with Land As Your Legacy experts to ask questions on farm succession planning, early planning and tools to help get started now.
    • Hear from a panel of agriculture advocates, learn their stories and how to take advantage of opportunities to be an advocate for ag. 
    • As well as hear how others began their board service journey, get public speaking tips, learn more around commodity tools and practices, and how to become more involved in public policy efforts.

    See a complete schedule here.  To register for the CHS New Leaders Forum, go here.

  • Political Advocacy

    We’re currently planning the 2018 CHS Government Affairs Political Advocacy Program. Check back later for details on eligibility and the agenda. For more details about the program, take a look back at the 2017 event.

  • 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 this summer.  Dates and locations are posted on our website.  If you would like to receive an email notice, please let us know at CHSNewLeadersProgram@chsinc.com.

  • 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.