Leadership Development

Developing Future Ag Leaders

Planting seeds for agricultural leadership.

More than 75 years ago, the CHS predecessor organizations made a commitment to build a strong future for their producer-owners and communities they reached.

Today we continue to carry out that commitment by supporting education and leadership programs that invest in the future of agriculture, cooperative business and rural America. And these programs continue to receive the majority of funding and focus from CHS via scholarships and grants.

Building vibrant communities across America is a long-term commitment, and we’re proud to help grow leaders through our funding of university, cooperative education and rural youth leadership programs.

Scholarship applications for the 2015/2016 academic year are now available. Click here to learn more.

University Classroom

University Partnerships

University Partnerships
Enhancing agricultural education.
CHS is committed to investing in future leaders in cooperative business and agriculture at the collegiate level through scholarships, grants and resources. This program area is designed to encourage academic, professional and leadership development among today’s college students pursuing careers in the agricultural industry.

Recent Funding highlights include:
  • $330,000 in scholarships funded in 2013 (through CHS Foundation and Corporate Citizenship)
  • University of Idaho Trading Room
  • Precision Ag Center at Bismarck State College
  • Commodities Trading Room at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Diversity initiatives, including: Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Science (MANRRS), Latinos in Agriculture and USDA Outlook Diversity Scholars Program
  • Dozens of mini-grants to college ag clubs

We also award scholarships each year to students studying agriculture. Scholarship applications for the 2015/16 academic year. Click here to learn more.

Click here to learn more about the CHS Foundation college club mini-grant program.

Click here to learn how to apply.

Questions about funding for your university project?
Call 1-800-814-0506 or email:

FFA Students

Rural Youth Leadership

Rural Youth Leadership
Growing tomorrow’s leaders.
CHS provides support, at the state, regional and national levels, to a wide range of youth leadership development programs through organizations such as FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom. Support is targeted to programs in rural communities that emphasize leadership development through education.

Funding highlights include:
  • National Teach Ag $300,000 investment
  • National FFA Foundation sponsorship
  • FFA support at 10 states including:  Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, North Dakota, Michigan, South Dakota and Wisconsin
  • 4-H support at the state level, including: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, North Dakota and Oregon
  • Business education/ag leadership: Washington Agribusiness Week, Nebraska Ag Youth Institute, North Dakota Winter Show and BestPrep
Click here to learn how to apply.

Questions about funding for your rural youth initiative?
Call 1-800-814-0506 or email:
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Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education
Supporting cooperative education.

We support cooperative education through a variety of programs. Annual support typically involves more than 60 programs from 20-plus organizations. Each year, we offer more than $1 million in competitive Cooperative Education Grants through the CHS Foundation. 

We recently launched a $1 million CHS University Initiative on Cooperative Education program, a major investment in building understanding of the cooperative business model through education, development and practical experience.

To support education throughout communities, we collaborate closely with the CHS Center for Cooperative Growth. Learn more about the CCG.

Click here to learn more about the CHS Foundation cooperative education competitive grants program.
Click here to learn how to apply.

Questions about funding for your cooperative education program?
Call 1-800-814-0506 or email:
Apply for a CHS Foundation Scholarship

The CHS Foundation is awarding 100 $1,000 to students planning to study an agricultural field at a two or four-year college. Applications are due April 1, 2015.

Apply Here
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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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