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12th Farmer Cooperatives Conference - Thriving in Uncertain Times

Thriving in Uncertain Times was the program focus of the 12th annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference, Nov. 9-10, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul, Minn.


The conference was presented by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.  Farm Foundation was a conference collaborator along with CoBank, CHS Foundation, Dorsey and Whitney LLP, Land O’Lakes, Lindquist & Vennum PLLP, Stoel Rives LLP, The Cooperative Foundation, NCFC Educational Foundation, West Central Cooperative, Growmark Inc., and Clifton Gunderson.


This conference was an opportunity for cooperative board members, CEOs, and others doing business with agricultural cooperatives to explore issues.  Speakers from industry and government will address issues ranging from forecasting and managing risk to sustainability and cap and trade, as well as the challenges of creating new finance and equity programs.


“Significant volatility is characterizing every aspect of agribusiness, from input costs to market demand,” explains Anne Reynolds, assistant director of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.  Understanding these developments can help cooperatives develop better strategies to buffer the uncertainty of changing business conditions.  “The conference also provides a unique opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other ag co-op business leaders.”


The annual meeting of NCERA-210, which promotes and coordinates research on agricultural cooperatives, followed the Farmer Cooperatives Conference on Nov. 10-11, at the same location. 


Updates on the conference and registration information are posted on the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives website at   






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