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November 7

8:00 – 9:45
Capitalizing Cooperatives: Innovations, Challenges and Opportunities
The latest strategies to access equity capital for strategic growth.
Carl Casale, President & CEO, CHS Inc.
Ron McFall, Partner, Stoel Rives pdf
Jeff Stroburg, President & CEO, West Central pdf

9:45 – 10:15

10:15 – Noon
Structural Changes at Glanbia: Members Increase their Ownership in the Firm
Glanbia co-op, an international nutritional solutions and cheese group, transferred 7% of its joint-venture holding to its own members in a spin-off approved in 2012.
Liam Herlihy, Board Chair, Glanbia Co-operative Society, Ireland
Mike Boland, Koller Professor and Director, University of Minnesota Food Industry Center pdf pdf

Noon – 1:00

1:00 – 1:45
Policy Update
A perspective on the policy environment, the Farm Bill, Capper Volstead, and the upcoming year.
Chuck Conner, President & CEO, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives pdf

1:45 – 2:45
Renewable Fuels: Economics and Public Policy
Policy and market trends and the impact on the outlook for ethanol.
Tom Buis, CEO, Growth Energy
Greg Krissek, Manager, Kennedy and Coe, LLC pdf
Rick Schwarck, President, Absolute Energy, LLC
Michael Weaver, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum

3:00 – 3:30

3:30 – 4:30
Leveraging Your Data for Success
How integrated data analysis can boost cooperative productivity and efficiency.
George Olney, COO, iRely pdf
Larry Romuald, Vice President Finance - Treasurer, CRI Inc. pdf

5:30 – 6:30

6:30 – 8:30
Dinner and speaker
"The Great Surge in Global Development"
Steve Radelet, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development, Georgetown University pdf

November 8

8:00 – 9:30
What's Ahead for the Economy?
Perspectives on domestic and global economic conditions, focusing on agriculture.
Dermot Hayes, Pioneer Chair of Agribusiness, Iowa State University pdf
Joseph Mahon, Economic Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis pdf

9:30 – 10:00

10:00 – 11:30
Agriculture in a Global and Consumer-Driven World
The influence of consumer-driven market trends on production agricultural practices.
Molly Jahn, Professor, Laboratory of Genetics & Department of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison pdf
Christine Walsh, VP, Sales & Marketing, Point Zero Retail pdf