RealLeaders: Talking Grain Co-Operatives, Opportunities & Youth in Ag with Carl Casale of CHS

Is there a strong business case for another grain co-operative in Canada? Carl Casale thinks so, and as CEO of CHS, the largest co-operative in the United States, it’s probably an opinion worth some weight.

In this episode of the RealLeaders series, Kim McConnell, founder of AdFarm, sits down with Casale to discuss not just how CHS has grown to be a $40 billion grain co-op, but how this CEO runs the business, how he interacts with his investors and how running a co-operative is both the same and different from other big business models.

The goal, every day, Casale says is to make the co-op successful for its members by staying relevant as an entity (find out what he means by that below), and he sees this model having merit in Canada. The company is already in Western Canada, having partnered to create CHS DynAgra, based at Beiseker, Alta. Hear his thoughts on expansion and co-op growth in the interview below.

McConnell and Casale also discuss Casale’s take on why young people should consider a career in agriculture and what aspects of agriculture challenge him, like competing with the farm for recruiting talent and planning five and 10 years out.

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