Wednesday, November 4
6:00 - 7:30 PM Welcome Reception
sponsored by CHS Foundation, NCFC Education Foundation and The Cooperative Foundation
Thursday, November 5
7:00 - 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
sponsored by iRely
8:30 Investing in Rural Infrastructure – Strong rural economies require strategic investments in infrastructure.
Mary McBride, President, CoBank
9:15 Policy Update – An update on the policy environment and issues to follow in the upcoming year.
Chuck Conner, President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
10:00 Refreshment Break
10:30 Rural Broadband: Challenges and Opportunities – Modern agriculture demands modern digital connections. What’s on the horizon for high speed Internet access?
Shirley Bloomfield, CEO, National Telephone Cooperative Association
Jasper Schneider, Vice President - Member Relations, National Information Solutions Cooperative
Board Member, RS Fiber Cooperative
11:45 - 12:45 Lunch – sponsored by GROWMARK
12:45 Support for Farmer-owned Cooperatives in
Jos Bigman, Associate Professor, Management and Organization, Wageningen University
1:30 Governance: Focus on FrieslandCampina - FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies, with over 140 years of experience in cooperative governance.
Dr. Michael Boland, Koller Professor and Director, University of Minnesota Food Industry Center
Piet Boer, Board Chair, FrieslandCampina
2:30 Fertilizer Markets and the Changing Supply Chain – An update on fertilizer markets and the most significant drivers of change in the supply chain.
Neil Fleishman, Senior Industry Analyst, Green Markets
Additional speaker TBA
3:30 Refreshment Break
4:00 Sustainability in the Value Chain - How can companies embed sustainability into the supply chain while creating value for members and customers?
Steve Peterson, Director of Sourcing Sustainability, General Mills
5-7:30 Cocktail Reception featuring a generous selection of appetizers - sponsored by CoBank
Friday, November 6
7:00 – 8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast – sponsored by Land O’Lakes
8:30 Complacency Kills: The New Code of Cultural Conduct - Strategies for building a culture that can withstand aggressive growth targets yet be flexible enough to move with a changing marketplace.
Adam Holton, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, CHS Inc.
9:30 Big Data: Data Warehousing, Standard Setting and Legal Issues - What are the emerging issues for agriculture in this fast-growing field?
Dennis Buckmaster, Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University
Jay Mattison, CEO, National Dairy Herd Information Association
Todd Janzen, Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:45 – Noon Recent Trends in Cooperative Restructuring, Mergers and Acquisitions – Practical advice on successful strategies, from experienced advisors in agribusiness restructuring.
John B. Campbell, Managing Director, Ocean Park Advisors
Mark J. Hanson, Attorney/Partner, Stoel Rives LLP
Richard W. Sobalvarro, Attorney/Partner, Rajkowski Hansmeier Ltd.