Strong global demand and high commodity prices are credited for the improvement in CHS earnings. While there has been a downturn in the grain and oilseed markets, CHS President and CEO Jay Debertin says the cooperative is here to help farmers navigate this changing environment. “When commodity prices tip over that doesn’t mean that all the input prices, like fertilizer, follow the same trajectory so we work hard with our local cooperatives and farmers in terms of marketing plans, supply plans and understanding the market conditions.” CHS continues to invest in facilities and getting closer to grower. The new project at Erskine, Minnesota is one example. “It’s part of the way we can be an increasingly valuable part of the farmers’ supply chain and facilities are an important part of that,” said Debertin. “That also goes to rail capabilities, there’s just lots of reasons for us to be investing in speed and space.”
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