Conference Program

Thursday, November 6

7:00 - 8:00     Registration and continental breakfast

8:00 - 9:30     What's Happening in Agriculture?   
Trends, challenges and opportunities for cooperatives on a local, regional and national level.

9:30 - 10:00     Refreshment Break

10:00 - Noon     Exploring Non-Qualified & Unallocated Equity
In this session we will explore the impact of non-qualified and unallocated equity on a cooperative through a financial, legal and philosophical lens.  Are these alternative strategies the right choice for your cooperative? What is the right balance between growth and member-owner rights?
Phil Kenkel, Professor and Bill Fitzwater Chair, Oklahoma State University
Art Duerkson, CEO Farmway Cooperative, Beloit, KS
Other speakers, TBA

Noon - 1:00     Lunch

1:00 - 2:15    Governance and Growth in a Global Market
An interactive discussion on growth globalization and international memberships.
Åke Hantoft, Chair, Arla Foods, Denmark
Michael Boland, Koller Professor; Director, University of Minnesota Food Industry Center

2:15 - 3:15    Assessing and Managing Risks in the Global Market
Risk management has become an essential part of managing a cooperative. Increasing your cooperative’s capacity to identify and manage risk is imperative to effectively protect your brand and reputation. In this session, participants will assess risks faced by cooperative firms and will leave with the tools to better understand and act on these risks.
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO & Founder, GEC Risk Advisory

3:15 - 3:45    Refreshment Break

3:45 - 5:00    Incorporating Sustainability into Your Strategic Plan In today’s consumer-driven market, sustainability and environmental responsibility are increasingly important. What steps can your cooperatives take to ensure that it is prepared? Hear from industry experts that have developed a long-term sustainability strategy and the impact on their business.
Chuck Conner, CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Greg Wickham, Senior Vice President, Business Development, DFA

Friday, November 7

7:00 - 8:00    Registration and continental breakfast

8:00 - 9:00    Food, Agriculture and Consumer Trust
Research findings suggest that there is public skepticism of the food industry. Cooperatives will learn about new consumer trends, implications for the agricultural industry and steps to rebuilding the public’s trust through transparency.
Terry Fleck, Executive Director, Center for Food Integrity

9:00 - 10:00    Transportation, Infrastructure, and Impacts
Transportation is paramount to the success and profitability of U.S. agriculture. Industry experts will assess the impact of transportation challenges on the distribution system. Cooperatives leaders will share their unique experiences overcoming transportation and logistical challenges.
Patrick Hessini, Vice President, Transportation & Distribution, CHS
Other speakers TBA

10:00 - 10:30    Refreshment Break

10:30 - Noon    Evaluating the Risks and Benefits of Big Data
Data-driven technologies are proliferating all aspects of business and agriculture in no exception. This session will explore the trends and impacts of big data on farmer-owned cooperatives.
Mike Vange Logt, EVP & COO, Winfield, Land O'Lakes
David Muth, Senior Vice President of Analytics, AgSolver