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Feeding the world, man

Farmers across the country are geared up for harvest. Have you ever wondered how their crops make it around the world to feed a hungry, growing population?

CHS plays an important role in an extensive, efficient supply chain that includes infrastructure, but most importantly, people. This fall, CHS employees at the Myrtle Grove, La., export terminal will virtually travel to classrooms across the country, to increase awareness of how food is grown, and transported around the world. “Feeding the world, man, that’s what we do,” says David Bergu, who along with Gene Walerius, Glenn Ether and Ruth Landry, explained how their jobs connect commodities to the world.

The videos are part of AgCultures, a multi-year, web-based educational curriculum to help students learn more about the importance of agriculture to their daily lives and to our nation’s economy. AgCultures is funded by a grant from the CHS Foundation to the University of Minnesota’s LTMedia Lab.

“Our farmer-owners consistently tell us, ‘help tell our story’,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “AgCultures helps us accomplish this.” First-rate curriculum, engaging videos, lesson plans and links to additional resource materials tell agriculture’s story. Based on previous educational programs produced by LTMedia Lab, Lilja anticipates nearly 600 teachers across the country may use AgCultures materials in their classrooms.

AgCultures will include three expeditions over three years. Expedition One, called “Feed the World,” included the production of more than 21 videos to illustrate the importance of the Mississippi River and the Upper Midwest’s highly productive soils as key drivers behind American agriculture’s success.

Expedition Two, which embarks in November, takes students to South America, to explore the impact of limited infrastructure and geopolitical factors influencing exports. Expedition Three will include lessons on European agriculture systems and global connections linking food producers and consumers around the world.

The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc., with funding determined annually by the CHS board of directors. AgCultures is one outcome of a 2016 CHS Foundation gift to the University of Minnesota.