ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S. — CHS Inc. announced on July 28 that it has invested in Agfarm, an Australia-based grain origination and marketing company. CHS and Ruralco Holdings Limited (Ruralco), Sydney, Australia, will each own 50% of Agfarm. The Agfarm name and management structure will not change.  

"CHS is committed to investing for the long term in the Australian market, so that Agfarm growers benefit from even stronger connections to the growing, global demand for high quality grains and oilseeds," said Rick Browne, CHS Ag Business, senior vice-president, Asia-Pacific. "This partnership aligns with CHS strategic growth initiatives that add value to member-owners by competitively linking global producers with buyers and consumers."

Agfarm has 38 employees in eight offices in Australia. Agfarm founder Bob McKay will continue to serve the organization as chief executive officer.   

Established in 1992, Agfarm is an Australian owned agribusiness that works with growers to manage the marketing and sale of their grain. It became part of the Ruralco Group in 2009.