New Leaders

CHS New Leaders Program

New Leaders have an increasingly vital role to play in the agriculture industry as you and your fellow farmers and ranchers join together in the cooperative system and leverage your ownership for success. 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 next-generation cooperative owners to further develop leadership skills, learn about opportunities to serve and advocate on behalf of the cooperative system, and meet other young farmers and ranchers from across the country.

    The 2018 New Leaders Forum will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 5 prior to the CHS Annual Meeting, Dec. 6 to 7. In this year’s program, participants will: 

    • Experience a dynamic, interactive workshop on the critical role of trust in leadership led by David Horsager, author of The Trust Edge.
    • Meet and mingle with CHS Board members and senior leaders at a private welcome reception on Tuesday evening, Dec. 4. 
    • Hear from a panel of other young leaders who are serving on cooperative boards and from members of the CHS Board as they describe their board service journeys.  
    • Join discussion about agricultural and cooperative leadership and the role of diverse thinking and collaboration.
    • Enjoy an invitation-only offsite reception on Wednesday evening, Dec. 5, with other new leaders and explore the Minnesota microbrew culture.
    • Take part in the CHS Annual Meeting and learn more about CHS via interactive exhibits, dynamic breakout sessions and general sessions, while meeting other member-owners. 

    If you are interested in attending the 2018 New Leaders Forum or would like to nominate a next-generation farmer rancher, please contact your cooperative general manager.

  • Political Advocacy

    Each year, the Political Advocacy with CHS Government Affairs program hosts CHS New Leaders in Washington, D.C. to learn skills critical for engaging effectively and making a powerful impact on issues relevant to CHS and its owners. Read the highlights of the 2018 program

  • CHS Owner Forums

    At the 2018 CHS Owner Forums, owners engaged in business updates, asked questions, learned about trends, participated in a workshop and shared their thoughts about working together for long-term success. 

  • 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