Farmer-owned cooperative CHS elects directors; 2017 officer slate selected

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Farmer-owned cooperative CHS elects directors; 2017 officer slate selected

David Bielenberg, a Silverton, Ore., farmer, has been elected to a fifth one-year term as chairman of the board of CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative. (PRNewsFoto/CHS Inc.)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The producer- and member-cooperative owners of CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP) elected a Wisconsin farmer to a three-year term on the company's board of directors and re-elected four other producers to new three-year terms as directors of the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and global energy, grains and foods company.

The elections took place during the 2016 CHS Annual Meeting held Dec. 2 in Minneapolis. CHS directors must be full-time farmers or ranchers to be eligible for election to the 17-member board.

Newly elected director Mark Farrell of Cross Plains, Wis., succeeds Robert Bass who retired after 22 years. Farrell has served as a director for what is now Premier Cooperative of Mt. Horeb, Wis., since 1992, including four years as chairman. With his brother and son, he operates a 4,000-acre corn, wheat and soybean farm, along with a 6,000-head contract hog finishing operation. Farrell completed the short-course in agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Re-elected to the CHS Board were Dennis Carlson, Mandan, N.D.; Alan Holm, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Randy Knecht, Houghton, S.D., and Steve Riegel, Ford, Kan.

Following the annual meeting, the CHS Board elected David Bielenberg of Silverton, Ore., to a fifth one-year term as chairman. Other directors selected as officers for 2017 were Daniel Schurr, LeClaire, Iowa, as first vice chairman; David Johnsrud, Starbuck, Minn., as secretary-treasurer; C.J. Blew, Castleton, Kan., second vice chairman, and Don Anthony, Lexington, Neb., as assistant secretary-treasurer.

Delegates also approved amendments to the CHS Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The amendments created a new membership class structure and criteria.

CHS Inc. ( is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

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