Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a Stay-at-Home Order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., March 30, 2020, through April 19, 2020. Consistent with guidance from the United States Department of Homeland Security, the order exempts certain essential infrastructureand services, including agriculture and food.
After a full review of the order, CHS has determined that its operations fit within this exemption and we will continue to operate to provide essential products and services so cooperatives, retailers and farmers can plant and grow crops, raise livestock and bring the food they produce to market.
Below is a note from CHS to our customers and growers in Kansas.
CHS has announced the appointment of Matt Broekemeier to serve as general manager for its Holdrege-based ag retail operations.
has been with the Holdrege operation since July 2013 when he started as sales
development manager. He most recently served as agronomy division manager
before stepping into the role of interim general manager this past July. Before
that, he held roles with Aurora Cooperative as seed manager, assistant safety
director and energy department risk management coordinator. He also worked for CHS
previously as a certified energy specialist out of Elmwood, Nebraska, where he
was responsible for increasing diesel volumes by more than 1 million gallons.
has a deep understanding and appreciation for the cooperative system as he has
worked at several Nebraska cooperatives since 2004,” said Todd Christensen,
producer board chair. “He knows this area well, and we look forward to working
with him as we serve our farmer-owners through our 13 locations in south-central
Nebraska and north-central Kansas.”
native of Aurora, Nebraska, Broekemeier graduated from the University of
Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a
To meet the expanding needs of farmers in the area, CHS has
opened a new agronomy retail location in Kearney.
“With the opening of this new agronomy retail location, we
will be more centrally located within our existing trade territory to meet the
current, and evolving needs of our farmer-owners,” said Matt Broekemeier,
interim general manager, CHS. “This will also allow us to serve our customers
The new location is now open at 3010 East 39th
Street, Suite #4, Kearney. Farmers will be able to stop in to discuss their
seed, crop nutrition, and crop protection needs with an agronomy team tuned
into the changing needs of farmers.
CHS is also building a seed and chemical warehouse in
Holdrege. This new location should be open by January 2020. Included at this
location will be six bulk soybean seed tanks and bulk chemical storage.
“These changes will allow us to move forward with our
strategic plans for the future, expanding services while more efficiently
moving product, equipment and people across our trade territory,” Broekemeier
said. “Our agronomists are ready to serve you as you head into those crucial
seed decisions this fall.”
extremely proud to share this important cooperative membership benefit with our
customers,” said Pat Peterson, general manager. “Delivering an economic return
to them on the business they do with CHS is one more way we help our owners
retail division of CHS Inc. allocated a total of $2,133,098.56 in patronage
dividends to its eligible members based on business done Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug.
31, 2018, of which $376,918.96 is being paid out in cash. The Oberlin-based
retail division allocated a total of $203,927.48 in patronage dividends to its
eligible members based on business done Sept. 1, 2017 – Aug. 31, 2018, of which
$36,033.97 is being paid out in cash.
Inc. will return $150 million in cash patronage and equity redemption to its
farmer-owners in 2019, part of the cooperative’s commitment to sharing profits
with our owners and returning money to rural America where it can be reinvested
in the community. More than 840 local cooperatives and 25,000 farmers share in
this distribution of cash patronage and equity redemptions.
returned to owners is determined annually by the CHS Board of Directors and
based on performance, financial strength and long-term growth opportunities.
to our owners enables farmers, ranchers and cooperatives to invest in their own
futures,” said Dan Schurr, chairman of the CHS Board.
In the past 12
years, CHS has returned about $3.5 billion to its owners in the form of cash
People in rural communities live surrounded by growing food,
but they experience hunger too. That’s why CHS is once again teaming up with
local farmers to fight hunger in rural America. The CHS Harvest for Hunger food,
grain and fund drive begins March 1 and continues through March 20 at your
nearest CHS location.
“We might never know that the neighbor across the road or
down the drive struggles to put food on the table, but through our efforts this
month, we can make sure those local food shelves can anonymously help those who
need it most,” says Rick Dusek, executive vice president, CHS Country
Operations. “For nine years now, our CHS employees and farmer-owners have
stepped up during this annual campaign to help local and regional food shelves
feed those in need.”
Since 2011, CHS has raised more than $5.6 million and 3.6
million pounds of food through its Country Operations business units. CHS
locations across the United States have organized ways to get farmer, ranchers,
employees and community members involved in fun and interactive ways to raise
food and funds to fight hunger.
Financial donations are encouraged as they give food banks
additional buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates; $1
equals 6 pounds of food for area food banks. But food and grain donations are
also accepted. Every donation counts.
“All the food, money and grain raised by CHS Harvest for
Hunger goes directly back to local and regional food banks to help fill their shelves,”
Dusek says. “This way, we can help those in need by ensuring those
organizations dedicated to fighting rural hunger have the resources they need
to make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Stop by or contact your nearest CHS location to learn how you
can support CHS Harvest for Hunger.