Conference Program

Every year, the Farmer Cooperatives Conference provides a forum that explores diverse perspectives on key issues and opportunities for agricultural cooperatives. As the program comes together, we see the following themes emerging:

Talent Management
What are agricultural cooperatives doing to attract, develop, and retain a professional workforce? This session will focus on effective talent cultivation and management strategies specifically designed for cooperatives.

Big Data

Precision ag tools are becoming more available to farmer cooperatives and helping growers optimize their imputes and maximize their efficiency. In this session, we will explore the newest technology available and emerging issues related to its use.


In this session, conference planning committee member, Dr. Michael Boland will lead a question and answer session with a board chair from an international farmer cooperative.

Equity Management

Learn from cooperative finance experts about the leading trends in cooperative equity management. Hear from cooperative managers on how to successfully communicate proposed changes to equity programs.


Last year, the Farmer Cooperatives Conference discussed sustainability from a broad perspective. This year, we will address how changes in the sustainability landscape will effect cooperatives and how cooperatives can get ahead of the curve to meet consumer expectations.

Agenda at a Glance

Thursday, November 5

7:30 - 8:30     Registration and continental breakfast

8:30AM - 5:00PM   Educational Sessions

5:00 - 7:00 Reception

Friday, November 6

7:30 - 8:30    Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 - 11:30  Educational Sessions