PROGRAM



THRIVING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Monday, November 9, 2009

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8:00 - 9:30 AM The Economic Climate:
The worldwide economic outlook, with a focus on agriculture
Terry Barr, Senior Director of Industry Research, CoBank  
10:00 - 11:00 AM Risk Management:
Forecasting and managing the risks associated with an uncertain economy, including risk management tools, managing counter-party risk.
Brandy Sargent, Attorney, Stoel Rives 
Marshall Bohbrink, Vice President of Risk Mgmt & Treasurer, Growmark 
11:00 AM - Noon Capital and credit markets
Antony Bahr, Senior Managing Director, Capital Markets Division, CoBank  
LUNCH
1 - 3 PM Markets, Food and the Economy:
Changes in the economy have brought changes in consumer perceptions. How can businesses respond successfully in the marketplace? How can they incorporate sustainability into their corporate vision?
Frank Bragg, CEO, MBG Marketing
David Darr, Vice President, Sustainability & Public Affairs, Dairy Farmers of America
Michael L. Cook, Professor, University of Missouri  
3:30 - 5 PM Focus on Energy:
Energy policy and the cap & trade system
What’s ahead in energy policy? How can cooperatives respond successfully?
Dave Ladd, Manager of Government Affairs, AgriBank, FCB
David Miller, Chief Science Officer, AgraGate Climate Credits Corporation  
5:30 - 6:30 PM Reception
Sponsored by CoBank
6:30 PM Dinner and Presentation - sponsored by Ralph K. Morris Foundation
Sponsored by Ralph K. Morris Foundation
Moderator: Anne Reynolds, Assistant Director, UWCC
Judy Canales, Administrator of Rural Business and Cooperative Programs, USDA Rural Development

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

8 - 9:30 AM Focus on Energy:
The opportunities and challenges of using biomass for fuel
Randy Kyle, Kyle Consulting Group    
Wallace Tyner, Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University  
Larry Johnson, Business Development Consultant for Inbicon A/S  
10 - 11:30 AM Finance & Capital:
Cooperatives face challenges when they initiate changes in equity, financing, and capitalization programs. Focus on the process of analysis, finding solutions, and communicating with members.
Paul Stajdahur, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Ocean Spray
Jerry McGeorge, Director of Cooperative Affairs, CROPP/Organic Valley  
11:30 AM WRAP-UP


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atreynol@wisc.edu
608-263-4775