Posts By: Jennifer Johnson

Huron location update

March 23, 2020

Dear valued customer,

As the global pandemic around COVID-19 continues to evolve, CHS Farmers Alliance is implementing additional precautionary steps to protect the health and wellbeing of our employees, families, customers and owners, and communities in which we live and work.  The following protocols are effective Monday, March 23, until further notice.

  • The Huron main and LP offices are closed to all traffic. Please call 605-352-6492, or contact your certified energy specialist for energy needs.  
  • We will continue to provide LP deliveries under the recommended guidelines and management discretion. During deliveries we are requesting customers have no contact with the driver. If you have an emergency, please call 605-352-6492.
  • LP services will continue under the recommended guidelines and management discretion. All customers will be required to fill out a simple customer screening questionnaire prior to a CHS employee providing in-home service work. If you do not wish to participate in our screening process, we will not be able to perform service work at this time.     
  • All payments can be made at the Huron office drop box or mailed in. Payments will not be accepted inside.

We don’t take this challenge lightly, but we’re committed to working through it with effective planning, communication and execution. With our talented and committed team, best-in-class assets and our values of safety and cooperative spirit, we are confident CHS will continue to deliver products and services for customers and value for owners.

Sincerely,

Jacob Bailey
General Manager
CHS Farmers Alliance

COVID-19 General Manager Update

March 19, 2020

As you are aware, the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. Safety is a core value for CHS Farmers Alliance and includes a focus on the health and wellbeing of our employees, families, customers and owners, and the communities in which we live and work.

We understand that spring is here, and I want to emphasize; we are open for business. We are simply adjusting some protocols. CHS Farmers Alliance has implemented the following changes effective Thursday, March 19th, until further notice: 

  • We are limiting access at all locations. We respectfully ask you to contact us through phone or email whenever possible. Some of our locations have enacted split shift schedules; staff that can work remotely, have been asked to do so and will be available via phone or e-mail.
  • If you need a grain check, please contact us and we will mail it promptly, deliver it to local bank for deposit or setup a pickup location outside of the office. 
  • All visitors to our office will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our facilities. We are also asking all staff and visitors to adhere to the 6-foot distance recommended by the CDC to reduce virus spread.
  • For in-home propane leak checks, inspections or service; customers will be asked to complete a simple screening questionnaire prior to any CHS employee providing in-home service work.    
  • We have restricted face-to-face meetings. Our sales staff will conduct business via phone, text or email. As a company that prides itself on the relationships we have built, this will be a difficult change. However, face-to-face meetings pose a greater risk for everyone involved. If you need to conduct critical business that requires an in-person meeting, please call for an appointment to confirm access to the facility and availability of staff.
  • We ask you to call ahead for product pickup whenever possible, our team will ensure that everything is ready to load upon your arrival.
  •  For those customers or vendors delivering grain or picking up products, we ask that you limit your time in the office to essential business. At some locations, we are asking drivers to remain in their cab. Please check our location policies or watch for information and direction upon arrival.

We will adjust our practices as necessary in the coming days, weeks or months. Rest assured, it is our commitment that we will continue to provide excellent service and support throughout this unprecedented time, even if we must do it differently. We value your business, your trust in CHS Farmers Alliance and appreciate your understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming normal interactions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Jacob Bailey
General Manager
CHS Farmers Alliance

Jacob Bailey named to lead CHS Farmers Alliance

Jacob Bailey has been named as general manager for CHS Farmers Alliance out of Mitchell, South Dakota.

CHS Inc., a leading U.S. farmer-owned cooperative, has announced the appointment of Jacob Bailey to serve as general manager for CHS Farmers Alliance, one of its ag retail operations based out of Mitchell, South Dakota. His first day was Monday, December 9.

Jacob has been with CHS out of Brandon since 2015, when he started as grain and feed manager, but he started his career with CHS back in 2008 as an intern in Drayton, North Dakota. After graduating from North Dakota State University, he went on to fulltime employment with CHS as part of the manager trainee program through CHS Southwest Grain, Dickinson, North Dakota. In 2010, he moved to a grain procurement merchandiser role with CHS in Herman, Minnesota. From 2013 to 2015, he was a grain merchandiser with CHS Grain Marketing in Pekin, Illinois. In 2014, he graduated with a Master of Agribusiness from Kansas State University.  

“He has a deep understanding and appreciation for CHS and the cooperative system,” said Lowell Bye, producer board chair for CHS Farmers Alliance. “His knowledge in grain marketing and logistics, as well as his focus on employee development, team building and customer relationships, will serve him well in his new role.”

CHS Farmers Alliance is excited to welcome Jacob into this new role. He and wife Jackie, along with their son, Jensen, are eager to move to the area.

Dicamba Cutoff Date Approaching

SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: June 17, 2019
Media Contact: Maggie Stensaas, 605.773.4073

Dicamba Cutoff Date Approaching

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) reminds applicators that June 30 is the cutoff date for dicamba products.

The SDDA obtained Special Local Needs registration labels, also known as 24(c) labels, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the following products: Engenia, Fexapan and Xtendimax with VaporGrip Technology. These labels establish a June 30 cutoff for applications of these products in South Dakota for the 2019 growing season. Applicators can use these products until soybeans reach the R1 growth stage, 45 days after planting or June 30, whichever comes first.

“While the weather has had an impact on planting this year, which I know is frustrating for many producers, the fact remains that warmer conditions in July increase the risk of volatility and drift when using dicamba products. The cutoff date is based on data which supports increased risk of drift after July 1,” says Secretary of Agriculture Kim Vanneman. “I encourage producers to explore the other products available to them once the cutoff date for use of dicamba has passed.”

Anyone applying Engenia, Fexapan or Xtendimax with VaporGrip Technology must also abide by the restrictions included in the EPA labels for those products, including recordkeeping requirements. Additionally, applicators applying or purchasing these products will have to complete annual dicamba specific training. Trainings can be found on the SDDA website at https://sdda.sd.gov/ag-services/dicamba/.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit them online at sdda.sd.gov or find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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CHS Foundation Announces $1.5 Million Gift to Support SDSU Precision Agriculture Program

 

Photo from left to right: CAFES Dean John Killefer, CHS Board of Director Tracy Jones, CHS Board of Director Randy Knecht, CHS Foundation President Nanci Lilja, SDSU President Barry Dunn, Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering Dean Bruce Berdanier, CHS Board of Director Dave Kayser, and CHS Region Vice President Ed Mallett.

 

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., announced a $1.5 million grant to support the South Dakota State University (SDSU) precision agriculture program and construction of the new Raven Precision Agriculture Center on campus.

“The gift from the CHS Foundation is pivotal in allowing us to make our globally preeminent precision agriculture program a reality,” says John Killefer, the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Endowed Dean of the SDSU College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.

The gift aligns with CHS priorities around ensuring that educating the next generation of ag leadership includes technology and tradition.

“The CHS Foundation is committed to supporting projects that cultivate opportunity for students interested in the agriculture industry,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation.  “By supporting the precision ag program at SDSU, there will be more qualified graduates entering the agriculture industry.”

SDSU is the nation’s first land-grant university to offer a bachelor’s degree and minor in precision agriculture. The degree is a collaborative effort encompassing the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department and the Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, as well as the Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering.

SDSU’s precision agriculture degree will provide students with access to cutting-edge developments in the rapidly evolving intersection of agronomics, high-speed sensor technology, data management and advanced machinery development. Students will be prepared for lifelong careers that support economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture.

This facility will allow the state to lead the nation in precision agriculture research, teaching and innovation.

“The gift in support of the Raven Precision Agriculture Center will positively impact our students and industry for decades to come,” says Killefer. “This commitment from the CHS Foundation illustrates the leadership role and vision they have within the agricultural industry.”

The building has 129,000 square feet of floor space that will be able to house modern precision farm equipment and will provide collaborative learning spaces for student design projects. Flexible space will give scientists from a variety of departments and industry space to collaborate on research and education.

“Precision agriculture technology is ever-changing,” says Lilja. “It’s exciting to envision the impact students will have by developing new technologies through collaboration with their peers and industry leaders in this new environment.”

Final construction plans are in-progress. Some ground work is expected to begin this fall, with construction starting in the spring of 2019.

About the CHS Foundation

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is focused on developing a new generation of agriculture leaders for life-long success. Together, with our partners, we are igniting innovation and driving excellence in agriculture education, cultivating high-impact programs for rural youth and accelerating potential for careers in agriculture. Learn more at http://chsfoundation.org.

About South Dakota State University
Founded in 1881, South Dakota State University is the state’s Morrill Act land-grant institution as well as its largest, most comprehensive school of higher education. SDSU confers degrees from seven different colleges representing more than 200 majors, minors and specializations. The institution also offers 36 master’s degree programs, 15 Ph.D. and two professional programs.

The work of the university is carried out on a residential campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid City, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across the state.

 

 
 

 

 

 

ELIMINATE RISK: PROTECT YOUR EQUIPMENT

By: ANDREW HAMILTON

CHS technical services and quality manager, Cenex brand lubricants

 

Of all the risks you must manage as a farmer, one of the biggest, and often most expensive, is your equipment. And should the unexpected happen, damage to farm machinery can cost thousands of dollars—and create downtime during critical points in the year.

Fortunately, there are ways to protect the health of your equipment. With the CENEX TOTAL PROTECTION PLAN®warranty, you can have peace of mind knowing that your equipment is protected from the inside out.

For a affordable, one-time setup fee, the Cenex Total Protection Plan covers your equipment for the long run. An industry-leading guarantee, the plan protects equipment above and beyond manufacturers’ warranties, covering new equipment for up to 10 years or 10,000 hours and used equipment for up to 8 years or 8,000 hours.

Learn more about protecting your equipment

 

It’s important to use high-quality fuels and lubricants to keep equipment running in peak condition. That’s why the plan requires exclusive use of Cenex® fluids—all of which meet or exceed OEM product specifications—and LubeScan oil analyses that reveal important data about what’s going on under the hood.

When used together, Cenex fuels and lubricants provide optimal performance for machinery. For example, CENEX® RUBY FIELDMASTER® premium diesel fuel can increase engine power by up to 4.5 percent as well as increase fuel economy by up to 5 percent. 

“The Cenex Total Protection Plan is important to the cooperative network. A co-op is family — we take care of each other. We help farmers get better prices, have better buying power and  work in unity,” says Craig Bollig, regional sales director of lubricants for CHS. 
 

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