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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. The application period is now closed, and decisions will be communicated in spring 2024.

FFA leader and students
Program priorities and guidelines

The CHS Foundation will consider programs that:

    • Educate the next generation about the agricultural cooperative business model
    • Demonstrate a history of success and/or increase in growth or demand
    • Incorporate technology and new, innovative approaches
    • Target middle school, high school, college-age students and young producers
    • Clearly identify strategies for engagement with key audiences and outline goals with measurable outcomes
    • Use funding to support program-related costs
    • Have a national or state level reach 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)

    If you have a project that fits these criteria, check back for the next application cycle in early 2025.

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% 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
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.