Elburn Cooperative Welcomes Badger Grain

CHS Elburn has completed its acquisition of Wisconsin-based Badger Grain Co., taking over ownership of the company as of July 8.

Badger customers will continue to receive the same excellent, personalized service as before, says John Husk, general manager of CHS Elburn. Additionally, patrons will benefit from planned expansions of services including agronomy services and supplies as well as fuels.

Elburn’s newest location is at 461 W. Madison St., Darien, Wis. offers patrons grain merchandising services as well as grain drying and storage.  In addition the Darien customers will have the benefit of additional farm to market trucking services utilizing Elburn’s tractor trailer fleet.

“This acquisition enables us the opportunity to increase services for patrons in southern Wisconsin,” says Husk. “Furthermore, it gives us the ability to load rail cars bound for the Chicago corn processor market. It also adds to our current presence in the truck to processor and river market in which we are a major player.

“The ability to participate in all regional markets improves our ability to add value to our patrons,” Husk adds.

Call 262-882-4222 to contact CHS Elburn’s Darien location.

CHS Inc. and Elburn Cooperative to open joint agronomy retailer in Crescent City, Illinois

ST. PAUL, MINN., June 13, 2013 – CHS Inc., an energy grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, and CHS Elburn, an integrated grain and ag retail company headquartered in Sycamore, Ill., today announced creation of a joint venture company which will offer agronomy retail products and services. The new company will be based out of the existing CHS crop nutrients operation in Crescent City, Ill. CHS will continue to operate its wholesale fertilizer business from this location.

Current CHS wholesale operations staff, along with new retail sales and additional operations hires, will be ready to serve area farmers in early September 2013. In addition to staffing, modifications to the current load-out capacity and office building, along with delivery of custom application equipment and product inventory are necessary before then.

“Expanding our retail geographic footprint to Crescent City fits our company’s strategic growth plan very well,” said John Husk, CEO and general manager of CHS Elburn. “Having CHS as our partner in this venture is very exciting. We look forward to bringing Elburn’s advanced toolbox of retail agronomy solutions to the area to help those growers succeed.”

“We are excited to work with a partner like CHS Elburn that shares our focus on providing local expertise and exceptional customer service,” said John McEnroe, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations. “Working together is one more way we stay true to helping our owners grow.”

CHS Elburn (chselburn.com ), in business since 1921, serves its owner-farmers as a full-service supplier of agronomy, feed, seed, energy and grain marketing services from 12 locations in north central Illinois and south-central Wisconsin.

CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are based on management’s current expectations and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. The company undertakes no obligations to publicly revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. For a discussion of additional factors that may materially affect management’s estimates and predictions, please view the CHS Inc. annual report filed on Form 10-K for the year ended Aug. 31, 2012, which can be found on the Securities and Exchange Commission web site (www.sec.gov) or on the CHS web site www.chsinc.com.

For more information contact:

Lani Jordan, CHS Inc.




Dave Myers, CHS Elburn



Elburn Cooperative Acquires Badger Grain Co.

SYCAMORE, IL, June 4, 2013—CHS Elburn Co. announced today the purchase of Badger Grain Co. of Darien, Wis.

The acquisition gives CHS Elburn the ability to increase services for patrons at the northern edge of its current service area, says John Husk, general manager of CHS Elburn, and Badger Grain customers will gain access to CHS Elburn’s enhanced resources, including crop production products.

“This investment provides a wonderful opportunity for both Badger and CHS Elburn,” adds Husk. “We’re now able to bring our rail and truck capability to the Chicago-area market. This capability, combined with our experience on the Illinois river System brings additional value to Badger’s customers.”

Badger Grain Co. has been owned and operated for the past 30 years by the Lawton family of Darien. Eric Lawton will continue to manage the Darien facility.

There are no plans to close sites or lay off Badger employees, Husk adds.

“An important part of this partnership is the management and employees of Badger,” Husk says. “The Lawton family and their employees have run a business that is known for its honesty and integrity. This philosophy tracks exactly with the CHS Elburn philosophy. I believe we will learn as much from their management and employees as they will learn from us.”

Feeding the world starts at home with donation to Harvest for All.

CHS Elburn recently donated more than $4,000 to the Kane County Farm Bureau program, Harvest for All—a program that helps restock local food pantries.

Since 2009, the Cooperative has donated more than $12,000 to the Farm Bureau, earmarking proceeds from its two variety trial plots for the local program.

“We are dedicated to supporting our community,” says Ron Alms, senior agronomist at CHS Elburn. “We live here and farm here, and by supporting the Farm Bureau program, we both help our neighbors and promote goodwill for the agriculture industry.”

Harvest for All, which started in 2009, has raised more than $85,000 for local families in need—the equivalent of more than a half-a-million meals, according to the Kane County Farm Bureau website.

“Hunger is a real problem for so many people right here in Kane County, and throughout Illinois,” says John Husk, general manager for CHS Elburn. “As an agriculture, we support the farmers who are helping to feed the world, and we feel it’s very important to give back to our own community in this way.”

The Land O’ Lakes Foundation also matched CHS Elburn’s gifts to local food pantries, Alms said, which doubles the donation.

You can learn more about how Kane County Farmers Fight Hunger at this Kane County Farm Bureau video at http://www.kanecfb.com

Adopting a soil-first philosophy lowers costs, increases yields

Precision Application Protects Environment, Profits

If you are committed to making sure your farm performs to its fullest potential, CHS Elburn’s Precision Agronomics program is for you.

Precision Agronomics is to get the right nutrient at the right rate, in the right place, at exactly the right time, says Jeff Keifer, Sales and Precision Agronomics Specialist for CHS Elburn. The program offers farmers a stable yield while lowering input costs.
“Soil testing is a great way to save our customers money,” Keiffer says. “Based on the tests, we replace only the nutrients that the plant requires. This practice helps our customers protect the environment and their profit margins.”

CHS Elburn agronomists look at the soil first to see what nutrients it needs and in what amounts. This information is used to control and vary the fertilizer rate as equipment moves through the field.

For more information on precision agronomics at CHS Elburn visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOH08CLM1SQ or contact Keiffer at Jeffk@elburcoop.com or 815-899-8964.

Elburn Cooperative supports a safety-first mindset to decrease farm accidents.

Maple Park Fire Department

Farming is one of the most hazardous industries in the world, and farm workers face a high risk of fatal and nonfatal injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2010, the most recent statistics available, 476 farmers or farm workers died as a result of farming accidents.

CHS Elburn has a long-standing commitment to safety, not only of employees but also the community. The Cooperative recently donated $250 to the Maple Park Fire Department. The Land-O-Lakes Foundation matched the gift.

“We ask all of our employees and patrons to please put safety first when working on the farm,” says John Husk, general manager for CHS Elburn.  “We also support the people and organizations that can make the difference between life and death when an accident occurs.”

For more information on farm safety, visit the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety at http://www.necasag.org/safety_brochures.php.

Elburn Cooperative’s winning soybean team reaches high of 73 bu/acre in 2012.

For the third year in a row, the CHS Elburn high-yield soybean team took first place in District 2 in the Illinois Yield Challenge sponsored by the Illinois Soybean Association.

The nine-member team had the highest yield increases between their “standard” plots and “challenge” plots, says Jeff Keifer, Sales and Precision Agronomics Specialist for CHS Elburn.

“We do large, 40-acre plots. We also try a variety of different practices and inputs to grow high-yield soybeans,” Keifer says. “We brainstorm ideas and try something different.  Some ideas work and some don’t.”

The team formed in 2008 as part of an initiative to find ways to soybean yields. When the ISA began hosting the high-yield Challenge in 2010, Keifer says it was a natural step for the team to enter the competition. The team took first place in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The five-year, group average is 61 bu/acre with a range of 46 to 84.5 bu/acre. This year, the highest yield was just over 73 bu/acre.

According to the ISA, nearly 50 teams and 300 plots contributed to this year’s Challenge. Soybean growers in nine crop districts tested side-by-side plots, using traditional methods in one plot and innovative techniques in the other.

Click here (http://www.soyyieldchallenge.com) for a full list of Challenge winners and more information on the contest.

Elburn Cooperative completes Newark Seed Acquisition

SYCAMORE, IL, May 17, 2013—CHS Elburn Co. announced today it has completed the acquisition of Newark Seed on Highway 52 in Newark, IL.

On Wednesday, Steve Scalf and CHS Elburn completed the transaction, which began in 2007 when CHS Elburn took over the Pioneer Seed Agency operated by Scalf on Highway 52 south of Newark.

“We’re extremely pleased with the growth of our seed sales at Newark and with the help of our partners at Pioneer look forward to growing the business further, says Dave Myers, Agronomy Division Manager for CHS Elburn. “We have a great team at Newark and they are an important part of our agronomy offering in the southern part of our territory.”

In 2007, Scalf became an employee of Elburn and manager of the Newark location, and he continued to own and operate the bulk seed and treatment facilities. With the purchase’s completion, CHS Elburn will own and operate the bulk seed and treatment facilities. Scalf will continue to manage the location.

The site also employs two sales people, Fred Blue and Nate Rink, and seasonal employee, Jake Scalf, who handles seed treatment.

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