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Farmer Cooperatives Conference - Cooperative Strategy, Finance

Farmer Cooperatives Conference - Cooperative Strategy, Finance
Nov. 18-19, 2008
Crowne Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront, St. Paul, Minn

Cooperative Strategy, Structure, and Finance was the focus of the 11th Farmer Cooperatives Conference organized by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.  The event was Nov. 18-19,2008, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, St. Paul, Minn.   


Farm Foundation was a conference collaborator, as well as 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, and Clifton Gunderson.


“Today’s farmer cooperatives must pursue growth opportunities to remain competitive, and simultaneously assume more risk to meet supply chain cost pressures,” explained Anne Reynolds, assistant director of the UW Center for Cooperatives.  “The equity and capital management issues that result are major drivers for a cooperative’s strategic planning and decision-making process.”  The 2008 program explored structural and financial strategies that cooperatives are adopting to meet these challenges.


This conference is an opportunity for cooperative board members, CEOs, and others doing business with agricultural cooperatives to explore these issues.  Speakers will address: strategies for growth, managing risk, cooperative finance strategies, and case studies of equity and finance strategies employed by individual cooperatives.


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


Information is available at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Web site:







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