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2015 Farmer Cooperatives Conference

The 18th annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference was Nov. 5-6, 2015, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Minneapolis, MN. Organized by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (, this conference draws cooperative leaders and industry experts from across the country to discuss the latest strategic thinking on current cooperative issues and trends.

Featured speakers included Mary McBride, President of CoBank, Michael Boland of the University of Minnesota Food Industry Center, and Steve Peterson, Director of Sourcing Sustainability at General Mills. Session topics included financing rural infrastructure, rural broadband, and sustainability in the value chain.

Farm Foundation, NFP has partnered on the Farmer Cooperatives conferences since its inception 18 years ago. Other sponsors for the 2015 event were CoBank, CHS Inc., Growmark, iRely, Land O'Lakes, Dorsey and Whitney, Lindquist and Vennum, NCFC Education Foundation, Stoel Rives, CliftonLarsonAllen and Gardiner Thomsen.

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