CHS Agronomist



The CHS Foundation supports ag-focused projects at colleges and universities across the CHS trade area. In 2021, university funding focused on projects that helped educate college students about the cooperative business model and precision agriculture projects that enhance sustainable farming practices. The 2021 funding cycle is now closed. Check back in early 2022 for updates to program guidelines and priority areas.

All funding requests from colleges and universities will be accepted and evaluated as part of an annual, competitive grant process that will be available from March 1 to April 30 each year.  The funding priorities for 2021 are cooperative education and precision agriculture.

Additional guidelines:

  • Priority given to existing University Partners.
  • Colleges are welcome to submit one application for each priority area to be considered. However, there is no commitment by the CHS Foundation to fund any application.
    • For example, you may submit one application focused on cooperative education and one application for precision agriculture. However no more than one project per school will be funded each year, and funding for either request is not guaranteed.
  • Up to 10 percent of overall program budget for indirect/overhead costs will be considered.

Requests that teach students about the cooperative business model and related careers. Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Implements creative, innovative approaches to understanding the cooperative business model
  • Integrate cooperative programming into existing curriculum for ag business, economics or education majors
  • Advance student’s exposure to and readiness for cooperative careers
  • Give students hands-on opportunities to tour cooperatives

Requests that enhance student understanding of the role of precision agriculture in sustainability will be considered.  Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Drive students to innovate and develop new technology
  • Develop precision ag degree programs, curriculum and classes
  • Teach students that benefits of precision agriculture to sustainable ag production
  • Offer hands-on learning for students

Funds available to support this program are discretionary and determined annually. There is no commitment by the CHS Foundation to fund any application or make any specific number of awards.

Applications will not be considered for projects related to:

  • Multi-year funding (Funds will only be awarded for one year, regardless of program length)
  • Greenhouse projects
  • General fundraising campaigns- applications must be specifically related to cooperative education or Precision Agriculture
  • Operating budget support
  • Construction or renovation projects; the CHS Foundation prefers to fund programming and curriculum projects.
  • Scholarships- as scholarships are already supported through the existing University Partner program.

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