Jan. 23, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Steve Burnet, an
farmer and cooperative leader who helped create CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP), the nation's leading producer-owned co-op, died
. He was 72.
, was instrumental in several cooperative mergers, most notably the 1998 unification of former Harvest States Cooperatives and Cenex, Inc., to form CHS Inc., an energy, grains and foods company which today is the largest U.S. cooperative business. In the early 1980s, he helped lead the merger of North Pacific Grain Growers of
with Farmers Union Grain Terminal Association of
St. Paul, Minn.
, to create Harvest States.
"Steve's vision, dedication, quiet leadership and gentle humor played invaluable roles in setting future direction and in helping cooperatives address challenging organizational changes and emerge even stronger," said CHS Chairman
, producer. "He viewed the cooperative system as a tool essential to producers' success and helped CHS become a leading domestic and global agricultural and energy company committed to adding value for its U.S. farmer and cooperative owners."
Burnet began his cooperative service on his local
cooperative boards, helping to guide them through mergers that ultimately created Mid-Columbia Grain Growers. He served as a director and officer of North Pacific Grain Growers from 1978 to 1983. Following the 1983 formation of Harvest States, he served five years as chairman of the new organization. After the creation of CHS, he served as its CHS chairman for three years, retiring in 2002.
Burnet operated a wheat and barley farm in north central
's dryland region, along with a cow/calf and yearling operation with irrigated hay and pasture. He also was active in agricultural organizations, education and government, serving as a director on the Agricultural Co-op Council of
, on the board of the
Oregon State University
Alumni Association and as a member of the Wheat Growers League and the Oregon Cattlemen's Association. He served eight years on the
Board of Commissioners.
He is survived by his wife, Patty, along with two daughters and their families:
Kim and Bryan McKinney
and granddaughters Meagan and Brianna of
Jennifer and Mark Gianotti
and grandchildren Jack and Kylie of
Services will be held
Friday, Feb. 1
at Gateway Presbyterian Church,
The Dalles, Ore.
Memorials may be directed to Sherman County Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 191,
97039, or Moro Community Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 2,
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, 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.
SOURCE CHS Inc.