Monthly Archives:: August 2017

Local students receive CHS Foundation scholarships to pursue careers in agriculture

CHS Interns for 2017


The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is committed to developing the next generation of leaders in agriculture. As part of the foundation’s work centered on advancing agriculture education, it has awarded scholarships to six Colorado high school graduates. The Colorado students are among 100 students representing 23 states and Canada. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to cover expenses associated with their freshman year of college.

“The success of our hometown communities and rural America depends on students with a strong interest in agriculture to pursue ag-focused degrees and be the innovators to feed the world into the future,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “We’re pleased to recognize these students with scholarships and join their communities in looking forward to the important contributions they’ll make to the ag industry.”

These Minnesota high school students are among the 2017 CHS scholarship winners:

  • Erica Earley, Wykoff, Minn.; Northeast Iowa Community College; Agriculture Business and Beef Science
  • Jacey Edlin, Jackson, Minn.; South Dakota State University; Agricultural Education
  • Mikayla Erf, Oakdale, Minn.; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Animal Science
  • Dillon Gratz, Atwater, Minn.; South Dakota State University; Dairy Science
  • Kylee Kohls, Litchfield, Minn.; South Dakota State University; Agriculture Education, Communications & Leadership
  • Adam Kroll, Royalton, Minn.; North Dakota State University; Ag Economics
  • Holly Larson; Medford, Minn.; South Dakota State University; Agricultural Education
  • Madeline Patterson, Kenyon, Minn.; North Dakota State University; Agricultural Communication
  • Kourtney Pederson, Farmington, Minn.; Iowa State University; Agribusiness
  • Joshua Schlumpberger, Bowlus, Minn.; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Computer Science
  • John Toelle, Brown’s Valley, Minn.; North Dakota State College of Science; Farm Management
  • Jared Troendle, Lanesboro, Minn.; South Dakota State University; Agricultural Business
  • Madeline Weninger, Buffalo, Minn.; South Dakota State University; Agricultural Education
  • Sierra Williamson, Sherburn, Minn.; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Agricultural and Food Business Management

An independent, external committee selected recipients based on their career goals, essays, extracurricular involvement, transcripts and reference letters.  In addition to high school scholarships, the CHS Foundation funds an additional 200 scholarships for students enrolled in an agricultural-related program at colleges across the country. These scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,000 and are directly administered by more than 30 CHS partner schools. Click here for more information. 

About the CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation is funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation supports organizations that develop future leaders for agriculture through education and leadership programs, improve agricultural safety and enhance community vitality in rural America. Learn more at

CHS Prairie Lakes employee joins Minnesota delegation to Cuba

Cuban corn

Typical corn in Cuba is only used for local, domestic consumption.

CHS Prairie Lakes Sales Manager Erica Boyum recently joined a diverse delegation of state agricultural leaders on a trade mission to Cuba. The trip was led by Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and included State Sen. Julie Rosen and Agricultural Commissioner Dave Frederickson.

The delegation visited Cuba at an interesting time, as President Trump revealed the administration’s new policies concerning Cuba days before they left. The group met with a variety of organizations during their time in Cuba including the Institute of Animal Sciences, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. U.S. policies towards the island, particularly those related to agriculture, were top of mind with Cuban leaders and organizations.


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