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In 1947, CHS Foundation’s founding cooperatives recognized the role agriculture businesses play in building communities, in bettering lives, and in giving back. Beginning as the Central Exchange Foundation, the initial focus was on charitable purposes to build a better tomorrow for neighbors, customers, and partners. Soon after, the founding board members recognized the importance of supporting agriculture programs and research at colleges and universities. Four universities were among the first to receive funding and are still strong partners today.

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North Dakota State University

For more than 60 years, the CHS Foundation has supported projects at NDSU including a commodity trading lab that added to a commodity marketing training program for student and farmer education. Students entering the commodity marketing profession gained access to…

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Raven Precision Ag Center at SDSU

A $1.5 million CHS Foundation grant contributed to the state-of-the-art Raven Precision Agriculture center, which opened on the campus of South Dakota State University in September 2021. The facility helps prepare students for careers in the ag technology sector, including hands-on…

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University of Minnesota

Transforming agricultural education and creating new opportunities for students fueled a 2016 CHS Foundation grant to the University of Minnesota. The $3.44 million grant funds resources ranging from a technology laboratory to new agriculture curricula from Kindergarten to the university…

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South Dakota State University

The CHS Foundation first supported SDSU in 1954. Nearly 70 years later, the CHS Foundation has grown our relationship, with annual support of scholarships and professional development for students.

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First University Support

The University of Minnesota was the first university supported by the CHS Foundation in 1953 for the Grassland Research and Farm Campus Fund, sparking a nearly 70-year relationship.

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