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Cooperative education

Investing in the future of the cooperative system

The CHS Foundation supports cooperative education projects that develop and enhance understanding of the ag cooperative business model through education, professional development, and practical experience. Applications are accepted Jan. 1 to Feb. 15 each year. Questions? Contact us at stewardship@chsinc.com or 1-800-814-0506.

Check out the slide deck and program guidelines below for additional information.

FFA leader and students
Program priorities and guidelines
  • New, innovative approaches and incorporation of technology
  • Programs with strong success and/or increase in growth or demand
  • Funding must be used to support program-related costs
  • Programs targeted at middle school, high school or college-age students and young producers
  • Program goals must be clearly stated with measurable outcomes
  • Clearly identified strategies for engagement with key audiences
  • Programs with a national reach or state approach within the main CHS trade area (Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming)
Not supported
  • Multi-year funding
  • Legislative activities, conventions or organization annual meetings
  • Documentaries, book, newspaper or periodicals
  • Indirect costs such as, but not limited to: office equipment, non-educational materials, staffing or accounting functions
  • Projects outside the main CHS trade area
Camp specific criteria
  • Only two camp programs per state will be considered
  • A maximum of 20 percent of budget up to $100,000 per camp
Agriscience teacher
My Local Cooperative
Cooperative business model resources for agricultural educators to teach students to think critically, understand cooperatives and build community.
Illustration of grain bins
5,540
students educated about co-ops
2023 goal: 12,000
CHS Agronomist meeting with growers in a field
Cooperative Minds
Learn about the cooperative business model and careers with free virtual field trips and curriculum.
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