Leading Change:

Envisioning the Future

Agenda

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

7 - 8 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 - 9 a.m.

Economic Overview
A current economic analysis, with a focus on agricultural markets.

Welcome and Moderator: Brent Hueth, Associate Professor and Director, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Bill Lapp, President, Advanced Economic Solutions ppt

9 - 10 a.m.

The Policy Environment: What's on the Horizon?
With all eyes on Washington during this election week, our speakers will offer their perspective on the policy environment, the Farm Bill, Capper Volstead, and the upcoming year.

Moderator: Sheldon Jones, Vice President, Farm Foundation
Chuck Conner, President and CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives ppt
Michael Lindsay, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney ppt

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Trends in the Energy Marketplace
Energy markets have changed radically in the last 5 years. This session will explore the market dynamics, long-term prospects, and implications for your business.

Moderator: Jeff Stroburg, President and CEO, West Central
Secretary Dan Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program
Gary Haer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Renewable Energy Group, and Chair, National Biodiesel Board ppt

Noon - 1 p.m.

Lunch Sponsored by GROWMARK

1 - 2 p.m.

Building a Culture of Safety in Your Cooperative
Evaluation and education are the building blocks of a culture of safety. The speakers will discuss a partnership between local cooperatives, DuPont, and the University of Minnesota to create a successful program.

Michael Boland, Koller Professor and Director, University of Minnesota Food Industry Center
Todd Ludwig, President and CEO, WFS Cooperative

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Sustaining and Leading Your Cooperative Business
Panelists will discuss successful initiatives to educate members on the value of investing in their cooperative and participating in cooperative leadership.

Moderator: Dan Schurr, First Vice Chair, CHS, Inc.
Michael Doyle, VP Finance/CFO, Foremost Farms USA ppt
Ove Hansen, Corp. Secretary and Director, Member Relations, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative
Quintin Fox, Director of Training Development and Capacity Resourcing, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative pptppt
Lorrie Merker, Director of Grower and Industry Relations, MBG Marketing ppt

3:45 - 5 p.m.

Valuing Cooperative Businesses in Mergers and Acquisitions
Panelists will discuss case studies, experiences, and best practices in co-op business valuation for purposes of merger or acquisition.

Moderator: Brent Hueth, Associate Professor and Director, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Timothy Muehler, Partner, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Michael Weaver, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum
Mark Hanson, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Reception Sponsored by CoBank

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Dinner and Speaker Sponsored by Ralph K. Morris Foundation

Moderator: Mike Boland, Koller Professor and Director, University of Minnesota Food Industry Center
Todd Stohlmeyer, Vice President, Commodity Sourcing & Grain Operations, General Mills

Friday, November 9, 2012

7 - 8 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 - 9:15 a.m.

Cooperatives in a Global World
Panelists will discuss trends to watch in the global marketplace, with a focus on the role of policy and partnerships.

Moderator: Peter Rudeen, Vice President, Agribusiness Banking Group, CoBank
Brett Stuart, Founding Partner, Global AgriTrends ppt
Doug Wilson, CEO, Cooperative Resources International ppt
Carol Kitchen, SVP, General Manager Global Dairy Ingredients, Land O'Lakes ppt

9:45 - 11 a.m.

Cooperative Renewal: the CBH Story

The CBH Group handles and markets grain for its member producers in Western Australia. They are Australia’s leading grain exporter, with total assets of $1.6 billion.

Moderator: Michael Cook, Professor and Robert D. Partridge Chair, University of Missouri-Columbia
Terry Cunningham, Company Secretarial Services Manager, CBH Group, West Perth, Australia ppt

11 a.m. - Noon

Review of the International Year of the Cooperative and Lessons for the Future

Moderator: Quintin Fox, Director of Training Development and Capacity Resourcing, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative
Michael Cook, Professor and Robert D. Partridge Chair, University of Missouri-Columbia  ppt