CHS Inc.

For the UK government agency also named Cenex, see Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies
CHS Inc.
Secondary agricultural cooperative
Industry Wholesale agriculture products
Founded 1931 as Farmers Union Central Exchange
Headquarters Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, United States
Key people
Jay Debertin, CEO
Revenue US$30.347 billion (2016)
US$310.2 million (2016)
US$424.19 million (2016)
Total assets US$17.317 billion (2016)
Total equity US$7.851 billion (2016)
Number of employees
12,157 (2016)

CHS Inc. is a Fortune 100 business owned by United States agricultural cooperatives, farmers, ranchers, and thousands of preferred stock holders. Based in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota,[1] it owns and operates various food processing and wholesale, farm supply, Cenex brand fuel, financial services and retail businesses, and is a co-owner of Ventura Foods, a vegetable oil processor.

It is ranked 1st on the National Cooperative Bank Co-op 100 list of mutuals and cooperatives (ranked by 2012 revenue), and 69th (by 2012 revenue) in the Fortune 500 2013 list of United States corporations.[1][2][3]


CHS today is the result of many mergers of farmer-owned cooperatives. Significant events include the following.

In 1931 Farmers Union Central Exchange was founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota. That core cooperative company later became Cenex, a combination from the last two words in its former name.[4]

In 1998, Cenex merged with Harvest States Cooperatives to form Cenex Harvest States.[4]

In 2003, the cooperative changed its legal name to CHS Inc., with Cenex becoming the name of the energy brand.[4]

John Johnson was the President and CEO. Johnson began his career with former Harvest States in 1976 as a feed consultant in the GTA Feeds Division, later becoming regional sales manager, director of sales and marketing and general manager of GTA Feeds. He retired from CHS Inc on December 31, 2010.[5]

On May 22, 2017, Jay D. Debertin succeeded Carl Casale as President and CEO. Debertin previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Energy and Foods and Executive Vice President at CHS since January 2011.[6]

In November 2011, CHS acquired Israeli, TASE listed, soy protein company Solbar Industries for $133 Million.[7]

Harvest States Cooperatives was the largest recipient of federal farm subsidies in Minnesota between 1995 and 2012, having received over $48 million, mostly in the form of commodity subsidies.[8]

Products and services

CHS activities include grain merchandising and transportation, sunflower and soybean processing, wholesale fertilizer, animal feed production and sale, and various farm supply.[1] It is also the manufacturer of Cenex brand gasoline and diesel products from refineries in Laurel, Montana and McPherson, Kansas. Through wholly owned subsidiaries, it sells property/casualty insurance, group health benefits, agricultural financing and commodity brokerage services.[1] CHS also has a joint venture with Mitsui & Co. called Ventura Foods, LLC, that manufactures and distributes vegetable-oil based products such as margarine and cooking oil. Ventura Foods owns and distributes the consumer brands Homade Chili Sauce, Dean's Dips and Marie's Dressings.[1]


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