ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S. — With 81% of eligible Elburn Cooperative producers voting, 94% cast an affirmative ballot to merge with CHS Inc. The merger will become effective in March 2016, pending appropriate due diligence by both organizations and approval by the CHS board of directors.

"We have always had an open dialogue with CHS about the many great opportunities they could offer us," said Tracy Jones, board chairman, Elburn Cooperative. "Merging with CHS offers us a more competitive size and scale than we've had in the past on our own. This merger positions us to return the greatest value to our patrons and for future generations."

"We are excited about the opportunities ahead for both customers and employees of Elburn Cooperative," said Lynden Johnson, executive vice-president, CHS. "We look forward to enhancing and building upon the already strong local cooperative expertise available to producers in the region."

Customers should expect a smooth transition, including continuity of staffing at its current locations. Phil Farrell will continue to lead the group as general manager.