For nearly a century, farmers and ranchers across rural America have joined together to purchase inputs, ensure dependable energy supplies, develop infrastructure to market what they grow and provide local expertise in areas like agronomy, grain marketing and risk management, thereby improving their own chances for success. Today’s cooperative system connects farmers to the larger world around them, while providing a measure of dependability, strength and stability close to home.
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When you do business with your local co-op, you become an owner in the cooperative system. And as an owner, you share in the profits as well as the responsibility for guiding the organization. The CHS New Leaders Program helps younger farmers understand how the co-op system works, provides opportunities to learn about cooperative governance, and engage in ag advocacy.