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2017 Farmer Cooperatives Conference


The 20th annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference will bring together agricultural cooperative leaders and industry experts to examine strategic issues impacting farmer-owned cooperatives. 

The conference will be Nov. 1-3 at the Intercontinental Riverfront Hotel in downtown St. Paul, MN.  Program sessions will address public policy issues, trade, cybersecurity and cooperative responses to changes in the agricultural supply chains.

Featured speakers on the program will include Chuck Conner, CEO & President of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and Joe Outlaw, Professor and Extension economist from Texas A&M University.  Review the  draft agenda for the conference.

“This year’s program addresses the policy environment, the trend of consolidations and merger, and challenges in governance," says Marlis Carson, a member of the Farmer Cooperatives Conference planning committee, and Senior Vice President, Legal Tax and Accounting and General Counsel at the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives . "Seeing how other cooperatives have made adaptations may inspire audience members to try something new at their own co-op. The interaction between managers, directors, academics and other industry professions is truly unique.”

Support for the program comes from CoBank, AgriBank, CHS, GROWMARK, Land O’Lakes, Stoel Rives, Dorsey & Whitney, Farm Foundation, NCFC Education Foundation, CliftonLarsonAllen, Gardiner Thomsen, and the Ralph K. Morris Foundation.

Farm Foundation has supported the Farmer Cooperatives Conference since its inception 20 years ago. “Cooperatives have been a key focus of Farm Foundation’s work since we began serving agriculture and rural America in 1933,” notes Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman. “Business conditions have changed, but the need is still great for informed and capable leadership in cooperatives, as well as the industries and communities they serve. This conference is an important tool to support cooperative leaders."

More information about the conference and registration is available at or by contacting Anne Reynolds at 608-263-4775 or Established in 1962, the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives focuses on education, research and outreach on all aspects of the cooperative business model, including development, finance, structure and governance.





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