CHS Inc. awards National FFA Foundation’s National Teach Ag Campaign largest single financial contribution

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Duane Brodt
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National FFA Foundation
DBrodt@FFA.org
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INDIANAPOLIS (01, February, 2012/National FFA Organization) – Inver Grove Heights, Minn.-headquartered CHS Inc. (Nasdaq: CHSCP), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, has made the largest financial contribution ever to a special campaign focused on raising awareness for the need for more agricultural teachers in U.S. high schools.

CHS has allocated $104,300 for the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative to bring attention to the need for more agricultural educators in the U.S. The campaign provides resources for those who wish to help promote the profession of agricultural education and for those interested in pursuing a career in agricultural education.

Led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, the campaign is sponsored by CHS Foundation, Landmark and Delmar Cengage Learning as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

“The gift that CHS has provided for the National Teach Ag Campaign is the largest received from any donor since the campaign’s inception in 2010,” said National FFA Foundation executive director Rob Cooper. “We are extremely grateful that CHS chose to support FFA programs and initiatives that help agriculture teachers.”

The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development.

“Developing the next generation of agriculturists and supporting the important work of agricultural educators is very important to the farmers, ranchers and local cooperatives who own CHS,” said William Nelson, president of CHS Foundation and vice president of CHS Corporate Citizenship. “We are pleased to demonstrate this commitment by increasing our support to the National FFA Foundation and the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ Teach Ag Ed Campaign.”

CHS is a silver sponsor of FFA for 2012. The company has also pledged $145,700 to support FFA initiatives, including proficiencies, career development events, the annual Washington Leadership Conference and post-secondary agricultural education endeavors.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides agricultural education to 540,379 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,489 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that fund FFA activities, recognize member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/donate.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 540,379 student members as part of 7,489 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online, on Facebook, on Twitter and FFA Nation.

About CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc.. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development.

About CHS Inc.
CHS Inc. is a diversified energy, grains and foods company committed to providing the essential resources that enrich lives around the world. A Fortune 100 company, CHS is owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives, along with thousands of preferred stockholders across the United States. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain, livestock 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. CHS is listed on the NASDAQ at CHSCP.