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CHS opens new crop science research center

CHS Crop Science Research and Development Center

The new CHS Crop Science Research and Development Center will advance agronomy solutions.

Mar 20, 2024

The new center, located outside St. Paul, Minn., is expected to advance the cooperative’s agronomy solutions

CHS Inc., the nation’s leading agribusiness cooperative, announced today the opening of a new state-of-the-art facility, the CHS Crop Science Research and Development Center in Randolph, Minn.

“This research center will play a critical role in shaping the future of the CHS agronomic portfolio,” said Dean Hendrickson, vice president for crop protection research and development, CHS. “We’re committed to developing solutions that bring the best products and services to our customers and owners, exceeding their needs. We’ll apply the rigor and ambitious standards to our research trials that CHS customers have come to trust and rely on.”

The new research center will complement the in-field trials CHS already conducts across its trade territory. Completed in January 2024, the center was built using advanced building materials designed to improve light transmission, enhance thermal efficiency and increase life expectancy of the facility. The center will allow teams to simulate up to four growing seasons per year while replicating up to six growing environments, reproducing conditions across several agricultural regions.

“Our customers, retailers and distributors are operating in dynamic times with the sheer volume of new products coming at them every day,” said Brian Kuehl, CHS director of product development for crop protection. “The new CHS research center gives us more control over the R&D process and helps ensure that when a new product meets our stringent criteria and is ready for market, we can provide critical information to our customers and demonstrate the efficacy data they require.”

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CHS Inc. ( creates connections to empower agriculture. As a leading global agribusiness and the largest farmer-owned cooperative in the United States, CHS serves customers in 65 countries and employs nearly 10,000 people worldwide. We provide critical crop inputs, market access and risk management services that help farmers feed the world. Our diversified agronomy, grains, foods and energy businesses recorded revenues of $45.6 billion in fiscal year 2023. We advance sustainability through our commitment to being stewards of the environment, building economic viability and strengthening community and employee well-being.