CHS is committed to standing by the Denton community and its residents and families as the cleanup and rebuilding efforts begin following the West Wind Fire. To assist in those efforts, CHS has committed a total of $20,000, broken down as follows:
$10,000 cash donation
$5,000 worth of Payback® Ranger-16 cattle feed
$5,000 in Cenex® fuel gift cards.
Not only is CHS contributing financially and with cattle feed and fuel cards, but local employees are also donating their time and efforts to help the Denton community.
“I appreciate everything our local team is doing to support the fire relief efforts,” says Keith Schumacher, general manager, CHS Big Sky. “The cooperative spirit of our employees shines through as we pull together to support our owners, patrons and the Denton community in their time of need.”
As a cooperative, CHS is focused on strengthening rural communities to drive agriculture forward for the next generations. This includes supporting communities in times of need.
“CHS understands the impact a natural disaster such as the West Wind Fire can have on rural communities,” adds Cortney Wagner, CHS Board of Directors, Region 2. “This fire will have long-standing implications for the Denton community, and we are dedicated to being there with support in the months ahead as residents and businesses rebuild Denton.”
CHS Big Sky extends our heartfelt concern and well wishes to the residents of Denton following the West Wind Fire, which affected the town Wednesday, December 1. We commit to standing by our owner-growers and patrons as the clean-up and rebuilding efforts begin. Many of the firefighters and volunteers who battled the blaze were CHS employees and CHS Big Sky customers. The resilience and dedication shown by these individuals was outstanding and we couldn’t be prouder to live and work in a community where cooperative spirit is evident in both prosperous and trying times.
While we are thankful that no CHS employees lost a home, nor did CHS lose any assets in the fire, we recognize the need is great to help those who lost homes and other personal property in the fire. CHS Big Sky will be donating several large items to the live auction fundraiser and will continue to focus on other avenues to help the community rebuild. There are a variety of ways to assist families in the rebuilding process. Please click the following link to read about the various ways you can support your fellow farmers, ranchers, community members and friends: https://bit.ly/3lLmKo2.
CHS Big Sky is looking for an organization or program in need of financial support for initiatives that align with our core focus areas of improving ag safety in rural communities and cultivating ag leaders. If you know of a program that may fit into one of these areas, please click here for more information.
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 Big Sky 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.
We understand that spring is here, and I want to emphasize; we’re still operating to serve our growers and customers. Our locations are continuing to operate normal business hours of 8 AM to 5 PM and will be extended as needed during the spring planting and growing season.
CHS Big Sky has implemented the following changes as we do our part in minimizing the spread of illnesses:
We respectfully ask you to contact us through phone or email whenever possible. Most 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 to meet your needs.
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.
We are following diligent sanitization schedules at all our locations to prevent possible spread of illnesses
We are also asking all staff and visitors to adhere to the 6-foot distance recommended by the CDC to reduce virus spread.
For in-home 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 work.
For product deliveries we are communicating with drivers to limit contact with customers to prevent possible virus spread
For the safety of our customer and employees, we have restricted face-to-face meetings. Our sales and procurement 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 to make arrangements.
We ask you to call ahead for product pickup whenever possible, our team will ensure that everything is ready to load upon your arrival.
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 Big Sky and appreciate your understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming normal interactions as soon as circumstances allow.