chs member owner & patronage
CHS shares its economic success with its cooperative- and producer-owners by returning cash in the form of patronage and equity redemptions that helps them grow and contributes to vital rural communities. Cash distributions highlight the value the cooperative business model delivers to its stakeholders.
Since fiscal 2010, CHS has returned more than $3 billion in cash, equity redemptions and preferred stock to its owners.
To apply for membership and patronage eligibility, please complete the form. The link can be found below. Once filled out, please print this form and mail to:
Patron Equities Dept.
P.O. Box 64089
St. Paul, MN 55164
All membership and patronage applications are subject to review and approval by the CHS Board of Directors under guidelines detailed in the CHS Membership Policy.
The CHS Board of Directors has adopted a new individual member equity redemption program that adds an “age of equity” component to the company’s existing “age of producer” redemption method.
The policy is now slated to take effect for fiscal 2017 (Sept. 1, 2016 – Aug. 31, 2017) business and will affect distributions taking place in fiscal 2018, although the board will continue to evaluate this timing as part of its overall equity management review. Future equity redemptions to both member cooperatives and individual owners will be made on an age-of-equity basis. Individual owners may continue to apply for redemption of all outstanding equity at age 70, but after this one-time redemption any equity earned on any future business would be redeemed under the new program. In addition, the CHS Board may implement a future one-time redemption to bring eligible active individual members current to the same age of equity year as member cooperatives. CHS will update members on future developments.
As you reach age 70 you have a decision to make as to what age you’d like to take your one time redeem remainder of equity.
If you would like to make an equity redemption request, please fill out this form
If you have further questions on this please contact our main office. 815-899-8964