Community Investment

Community Investment

Creating a strong future for rural America.

At CHS, we recognize we wouldn’t have success without our rural communities.  For us, giving back is essential to our business. 

The CHS Foundation supports education and leadership development in rural America through funding of adult education and leadership programs. CHS gives priority to innovative and collaborative approaches to address emerging issues and opportunities in rural communities. 

Grants that strengthen rural vitality are now being accepted through the new CHS Seeds for Stewardship local matching grants program.  Through this program, cooperatives can apply to receive up $5,000 in matching funds to show support of the organizations making a difference in their hometown communities.  Click here to learn more.  

If your rural vitality has a national, state or regional focus please click here for a separate application.

here to learn more about our commitment to building strong rural communities.
  • Employee Giving & Volunteerism

    Our impact expands beyond financial contributions. Our employees are active volunteers, and CHS encourages participation in CHS Days of Service, the program that gives eligible employees paid time off for volunteering.

    CHS County Operations employees participate annually in a Harvest for Hunger food drive. Since 2011, over $2.1 million and 2.3 million pounds of food have been donated to food banks across the U.S.

    Each year, locations across the CHS system participate in a week-long United Way Campaign. In 2015, CHS and its employees at the Inver Grove Heights headquarters contributed more than $1.5 million to support United Way’s work in our community. Click here to learn more.

  • Rural Community Support

    CHS New Leaders Forum - In conjunction with the CHS Annual Meeting, CHS brings together a group of top young producers from across the country for a three-day program offering: discussions on issues and challenges facing cooperatives, agriculture and rural America; opportunities to hear from top-notch speakers and agribusiness experts; and unique networking opportunities. 

    Ogallala Commons Internship Program - The CHS Foundation contributed $250,000 over three years to inspire home-grown talent to come back and live, work, play and raise their families in their rural community by providing unique work experience. Click here to learn more. 

    eXtension - The CHS Foundation supports eXtension, an electronic-based innovation of the cooperative extension system. The CHS Foundation has contributed more than $275,000 for the creation of online communities of practice in cooperative education and ag health and safety, as well as a learning network project on women and farm management. Click here to learn more.

Meet the Winners: CHS Farm Family of the Year
Learn about the families that received the most photo contest votes, and their passion for agriculture and rural America.
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C Magazine

The September/October issue completes the four-part series examining how cooperatives and communities work together to keep rural America vibrant, offers a fresh look at careers at CHS, and looks at issues farmers face now in Washington, and more CHS news.

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Growing Value, Farmer Owned with Global Connections
As global agriculture grows increasingly complex, CHS remains committed to making the cooperative system a relevant partner in producer success. Our success is founded on our values though mutually rewarding customer relationships conducted with the highest levels of integrity and stewardship.
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