Value of the Cooperative

As Long As You Have A Cooperative, You Never Farm Alone

Here in rural America, there are three things that never change. The land, the determination of the families that farm it, and the loyalty of your co-op, which provides the markets, inputs and agronomic expertise farmers and ranchers need to stay profitable. Wherever you find a successful farming operation, you’ll find a cooperative that helped it grow.

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  • Together We're Better

    CHS and its local cooperatives are making an impact in local communities.

    CHS commissioned business consulting firm Ernst & Young (EY) to take an in-depth look at the company’s economic impact on in America. The firm analyzed data including CHS U.S. sales, earnings, employment, patronage to owners and capital expenditures. 

    EY found CHS economic activity supported more than 60,700 jobs directly and indirectly, far exceeding the company’s 12,100 employees.
    “That means for every job CHS creates itself, there are four more jobs supported indirectly in the community as a result of the economic activity from the cooperative system,” Carl Casale, CHS president and chief executive officer said. “This ‘job multiplier’ factor far surpasses that of other sectors of the economy.” 

    The report, based on CHS fiscal 2014 data, showed CHS $33.45 billion in gross global business in the U.S. translated to direct gross economic output of nearly $18.5 billion dollars locally. In addition, each $1 million of CHS economic output supported an additional $600,000 in output for other U.S. businesses. The study analyzes CHS economic data and impact for all U.S. states and every congressional district.

    Watch: CHS Stronger Together
    Download: CHS U.S. Economic Impact
    View: State-by-State Results

  • Global Connections

    As part of a bigger system that can handle the logistics of global markets, your co-op can tie your farm operation to buyers and sellers far beyond the county line. It also helps to represent your interests in shaping state, local and national policy. Collectively, we are heard. Learn More

  • Value of the Co-op Series

    As a member-owner of your co-op, you have a say in how it operates, who runs it, and the local enterprises it supports. You also share in its success through patronage dividends based on earnings from the products you buy, the grain you sell and the services you use. That’s money that stays in your local community and helps it thrive.

    Being local, your co-op knows you, your land, and what it takes to make your operation successful. It acts as a business partner who has your interests in mind. So in addition to the best prices for your grain and inputs, it can also provide the risk management, operating loans, transition plans and financial products that are right for you. Click the links below to read the article series featured in C magazine, which adds depth and detail to the story of how cooperative ownership adds value from farm to farm and from town to town. 

    Stronger Together 
    Creating More Together 
    Building Together (Watch video)
    Together We're Better (Watch video)
    Special Issue: Stronger Together

  • Emerging Technologies

    As technologies change, it’s the next generations of farmers who face the challenge of keeping up. By staying on the forefront of emerging technologies, co-ops help young producers stay relevant, while forming relationships that last a lifetime. Access to modern information helps younger farmers remain in the community, and raises the bar for all members.

  • Building Communities

    When you become part of a co-op, everyone wins. You gain a valuable local resource, the co-op grows stronger, and the community in which you live gains a strong economic anchor that helps fund local initiatives and allows the community to thrive. Learn More

  • Telling the Story

    Take a look at how the cooperative story is being told across the country:

Value of the Co-op Tool Kit
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