CHS Inc. accepts the BASF Monarch Challenge

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC and INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN --  CHS  (NASDAQ: CHSCP, CHSCO, CHSCN, CHSCM, CHSCL), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, gave flight today to its commitment behind the  Living Acres Monarch Challenge. BASFs research-based initiative provides actionable guidance for farmers and rural communities looking to cultivate monarch butterfly habitat.


To kick-off the initiative, CHS Inc. hosted a pollinator-friendly planting at its Minnesota headquarters, expanding on the already-established native landscape on the campus.


"Restoring the monarch butterfly population will require collaboration with various entities and landowners throughout the agriculture industry," said Scott Kay, BASF, Vice President, U.S. Crop. "By partnering with CHS and their vast network of farmer-owners across key monarch migration states, we can truly make a difference together."


"CHS supports the Living Acres Monarch Challenge through the addition of pollinator seedlings at our CHS locations," said Carl Casale, President and Chief Executive Officer, CHS Inc. "From urban areas to rural communities, we are excited to play a roe in creating habitats across the CHS Footprint as part of our stainability efforts."


BASF developed the Living Acres program in 2015 with the initial goal of helping to restore the monarch population. Through Living Acres, BASF researches the most efficient way to grow milkweed alongside high production agriculture. The Monarch Challenge represents the next step in sharing best practices on milkweed development with farmers to help support the species.


About BASF
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit


At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at


About CHS

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.