The CHS Foundation awarded Northeast Community College, Norfolk, Neb., a $250,000 grant to outfit an existing mobile learning lab with more equipment and provide support for taking the simulator into even more high school and college ag classrooms. The trailer includes activities like soil moisture probes, a two-row precision planter and a variable rate sprayer.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln received $80,000 to continue an inclusive student mentor program. The program will build relationships between minority high school and undergraduate students and agricultural professionals with diverse backgrounds. The goal is to increase women and minority participation in STEM-related agricultural careers.
“We believe precision agriculture and diversity and inclusion are two of the most pressing issues facing the future of agriculture,” says Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “The ag industry needs to be innovative in the way we attract talent and how we evolve our agronomic practices for the future. These seven colleges and universities are delivering on those innovations and have unique approaches to reaching the next generation of ag leaders.”
The CHS Foundation is funded by gifts from CHS Inc., and develops the next generation of ag leaders through support of cooperative education, ag leadership programs, and university initiatives. For more on the CHS Foundation and funding initiatives, visit chsfoundation.org.
Les Klukas has been with CHS for the past 21 years and the cooperative system for 30 years. He started his career with Farmers Coop of Balaton, which is now part of CHS based out of Brandon, SD. Les grew up in Balaton where he graduated high school and went on to attend St. Cloud State University, obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
Les began his career as a Certified Energy Specialist in 1998 in Western IA, where he later managed the energy department. In 2002, Les started with CHS Propane as a Wholesale Account Manager and later transitioned to CHS Hedging as an Energy Market analyst in 2008. He returned to CHS Propane in 2013 as a Sr. Account Manager before moving to the CHS Energy Equipment group in 2017.
Les will learn and develop the knowledge for the CHS trade territory based out of Brandon, SD in the coming months and lead the group upon Chuck Springman’s retirement on September 1, 2020. Having Les on staff for the next few months will allow Chuck to mentor, train and transition the remarkable energy business that has been built over the years under Chuck’s direction. With Les’ wealth of experience in the energy industry, we look forward to a smooth transition and continuing the high-quality products and service you’ve come to know and trust.
As you are
aware, the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to
rapidly evolve. Safety is a core value for CHS and includes a focus on the
health and wellbeing of our employees, families, customers and owners, and the
communities in which we live and work.
understand that spring is here, and I want to emphasize; we are open for
business. We are simply adjusting some protocols. CHS based out of Brandon,
S.D. has implemented the following changes effective Thursday, March 19th,
until further notice:
limiting access at all locations. We respectfully ask you to contact us through
phone or email whenever possible. Some of our locations have enacted split
shift schedules; staff that can work remotely, have been asked to do so and
will be available via phone or e-mail.
If you need a grain check, please contact
us and we will mail it promptly, deliver it to local bank for deposit or setup
a pickup location outside of the office.
to our office will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our
facilities. We are also asking all staff and visitors to adhere to the 6-foot
distance recommended by the CDC to reduce virus spread.
propane leak checks, inspections or service; customers will be asked to
complete a simple
screening questionnaire prior to any CHS employee providing in-home service
restricted face-to-face meetings. Our sales staff will conduct business via
phone, text or email. As a company that prides itself on the relationships we
have built, this will be a difficult change. However, face-to-face meetings
pose a greater risk for everyone involved. If you need to conduct critical
business that requires an in-person meeting, please call for an appointment to confirm
access to the facility and availability of staff.
We ask you
to call ahead for product pickup whenever possible, our team will ensure that
everything is ready to load upon your arrival.
For those customers or vendors delivering
grain or picking up products, we ask that you limit your time in the office to
essential business. At some locations, we are asking drivers to remain in their
cab. Please check our location policies or watch for information and direction
We will adjust our practices as necessary in the coming days,
weeks or months. Rest assured, it is our commitment that
we will continue to provide excellent service and support throughout this
unprecedented time, even if we must do it differently. We value your business, your
trust in CHS and appreciate
your understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming normal
interactions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
Kent Mulder General Manager CHS based out of Brandon, S.D.