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Farmer Cooperatives Conference
Cooperatives: Looking Forward
December 6-7, 2010
Denver - Broomfield, CO

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Monday, December 6

7-8 a.m.

Registrations and Continental Breakfast


Economic, Legal, and Policy Update

The conference will kick-off with an update on the global and domestic economy. Topics will include global markets, the Farm Bill, energy and other domestic policies affecting cooperatives.

Terry Barr, Senior Director of Industry Research, Knowledge Exchange Division, Cobank pptx

William Oemichen, President and CEO, Cooperative Network

10:00 – 10:45

Agriculture and Antitrust Enforcement

Speakers will discuss the issues raised in these workshops and the potential legistative and policy changes. What are the next steps in this process? How are cooperatives responding?

Brent Hueth, Associate Professor and Director, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives  pptx

Marlis Carson, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives ppt

10:45 - Noon

Cooperatives, Agriculture, and Water Resource Policies

How can cooperatives help their members manage scarce resources, such as water? Panelists will share a Colorado perspective on cooperative initiatives and water policies/practices.

Christopher Goemans, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University  pptx

James Pritchett, Associate Professor, Colorado State University  pptx

Keith W. Devoe, General Manager, Roggen Farmer's Elevator Association  pp


Noon-1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00

Uncertainty and Volatility in Global and Domestic Markets

Robert Engel, President and CEO, CoBank  pptx

2:30 – 4:00

Strategies for Growth

Success strategies for cooperatives as they seek to access capital, develop markets, and monitor investments.

Bradley A. Miller, Vice President, Practice Leader of Auctions & Competitive Bidding, CRA International ppt

Stefan Shaffer, Managing Partner, SPP Capital Partners and SPP Mezzanine Partners  pptx

Mike Jackson, President and CEO, Adayana  pptx

 4:00 – 5:15

What’s going on in Governance?

Cooperative boards face increasingly serious decisions as a generation of leadership nears retirement. They need to build capacity within the board, while monitoring succession planning policies for staff. This session will focus on the board's role in leadership development and strategic planning.

Jim Hoyt, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Services, Growmark, Inc.  pptx

Brent Hueth, Associate Professor and Director, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives  pptx

Les Hardesty, Chair, Mountain Area Council, Dairy Farmers of America  pptx

5:30 – 6:30 Reception

6:30 – 8:30 Dinner and presentation

The challenges and benefits of harnessing the power of the Internet, social media and information sources of the future.

David Warlick, Director, The Landmark Project

Sponsored by the Ralph K. Morris Foundation

Tuesday December 7

8:00 – 9:00

Global Farmer/Cooperative Roundtable: Agriculture in the global economy; implications for cooperatives

Building a successful strategy in a global environment requires flexibility and knowledge. How are farmers and cooperatives meeting these challenges?

Rick Browne, Senior Vice President, Grain Marketing, CHS pptx

Duane Nelson, President, Genex Cooperative, Inc. ppt


eXtension: A Cooperative Community of Practice

Changing times and technologies have created the oppotunity for a centralized, online extension resource about cooperatives-- a tool for cooperative leaders, policy makers, and the public.

Gregory McKee, Assistant Professor and Director, Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives, North Dakota State University pptx

10:00 – Noon

Customers of the Future: Sustainability and Food

Sustainability is increasingly viewed as the key to future profitability. For food companies, access to agricultural inputs is an increasing concern. Do cooperatives have a competitive advantage in this environment as they address issues like water, energy and labor? 

Chris Peterson, Professor, Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University  pptx

Sarah Stokes Alexander, Director, Sustainability and Leadership Program, The Keystone Center pptx

Russell Williams, Director, Regulatory Relations, American Farm Bureau pptx

For questions about the conference program, contact:
Anne Reynolds, Assistant Director
UW Center for Cooperatives
(608) 263-4775