CHS Center for Agricultural Business Management and Engagement

The CHS Center for Agricultural Business Management and Engagement originated with a gift from CHS to coordinate agribusiness teaching, research, and outreach activities at UW-River Falls.

Brenda Boetel, UWRF associate professor of agricultural economics and UW-Extension agricultural marketing specialist, is the director of the Center. Click here for the full press release.


The Center for Agricultural Business and Management will serve students and the agricultural community by providing and coordinating learning opportunities that develop knowledgeable leaders through teaching, research, and outreach. The Center will provide:

  • Students with the ability to participate in undergraduate research examining agricultural business and production problems;
  • Research results and analytical tools that will assist industry and government in addressing challenges in modern production agriculture and agribusiness;
  • Students with the opportunity to gain practical job experience through internships and international travel programs;
  • An integrated outreach program designed to disseminate research results that will further development and improvement of agricultural businesses.


To provide university direction and coordination of diverse yet interrelated initiatives that focus on the needs of farms and agribusiness. The Center will focus on the following areas in the first four years:

  • Price risk management of agricultural commodities focusing on hedging skills, market structure, and evaluation of price volatility, government policy and insurance products;
  • Agribusiness management focusing on finance, strategic management, profitability, transitional planning, and industry organization.

"Under Dr. Boetel's leadership, this new center will leverage the University's strengths in agriculture and business to address key regional and global issues, and will provide extraordinary opportunities for our students," said UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen. "We are grateful to CHS, Inc. for their generous gift and continued support of UW-River Falls." Read the full press release.

Board of Directors

Brenda Boetelmail, Director of the Center for Agricultural Business and Management

Dale Gallenberg, Dean of College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science

Glenn Potts, Dean of College of Business and Economics

William Nelson, CHS Charitable Donations Director

James White, representative from the Department of Agricultural Economics

Representative from the Agricultural Business and Marketing Society

Industry representative(s)

CABME is made possible due to a generous contribution by CHS, a leading global agribusiness.