CHS and GROWMARK to explore further collaboration

Two of the nation’s largest agriculture cooperatives are exploring ways to further collaboration.

CHS and GROWMARK board directors made the announcement last week and CHS CEO Jay Debertin says there are currently a couple of ventures between the two coops.

“Where we have the skillsets of both companies brought together for the betterment of what we’re trying to do. So now just the logical next question is ‘is there a way for us to work even closer together?’ And we’ll see what that means.”

GROWMARK CEO Mark Orr says continuing to add value to members while ensuring a strong and vibrant cooperative system for the future is critical.

Debertin tells Brownfield CHS and GROWMARK work hard to make sure there’s an efficient platform for member-owners.

“Because the business is not about to get easier, and as we think about competing around the world it’s our duty to make sure that we are being as efficient as we can and bringing all the skills we possibly can to the value of our owners.”

In 2021 the two cooperatives formed Cooperative Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on supporting advancements in breakthrough technologies for the ag industry.

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