University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Sheraton Westport
St. Louis, Missouri
November 13-15, 2002
Restructuring for Troubled Times
Program Presentations
Full Conference Summary
About the Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference

The annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference was initiated in 1998 with the objective of assisting directors, management and employees of cooperatives, professional organizations, government and academia in:

  1. keeping abreast of major trends and issues impacting the existing and future business environment,
  2. gaining insights from other cooperatives, industry leaders, and researchers as to innovative approaches in addressing these issues and achieving business success, in achieving excellence in governance, capitalization and financing, management, business structures and strategic alliances, enhancing value to members, growing businesses domestically and globally, enhancing the cooperative business advantage and other related issues,
  3. creating value to participants from the information presented, critical thinking and exchange of ideas.
About This Year's Farmer Cooperatives Conference

In today�s competitive economy, cooperatives struggle to meet the changing demands from both their members and consumers while simultaneously trying to improve their bottom line. The theme for the fifth annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference, Restructuring for Troubled Times, reflected the trend in cooperatives to overcome these challenges through reorganization. The conference provided a wealth of critical insights and information on alternative business structures that participants could take home and use to inform the development of future competitive strategies for cooperatives.

About Earlier Farmer 2000 Conferences

The first conference in 1998 was designed to serve as a catalyst for invigorated thinking about the future of farmer cooperatives. Speakers assessed the powerful forces associated with an increasing globalization and industrialization of agriculture and the approaches farmer cooperatives should embrace to realize their full potential. The 1999 conference focused on excellence in governance. The objective was to help cooperative leaders identify governance systems and approaches to fit their cooperative's changing business. Building financial strength was the theme for the 2000 conference. Presented and discussed were innovative approaches to capital budgeting, debt and equity financing, equity management, financing joint ventures, international financing and the changing role of the audit committee. The 2001 conference built upon these previous conferences by focusing on how farmer cooperatives may position themselves for success in the 21st century.

Program Presentations
Role of Education and Research for the Future of Cooperatives
Dennis Bolling, Chair, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Education Committee
Welcome & Outline of Conference Goals
Bob Cropp, Director, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Evolving Cooperative Business Structures
Daniel Schultz
CPA, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP
Evolving Cooperative Business Structures
Dave Swanson and Robert Henseley
Mr. Henseley is an attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances by CHS Cooperatives
John Johnson
President and CEO of CHS Cooperatives
Successful Joint Ventures of South Dakota Soybean Cooperative
Rodney Christianson , CEO South Dakota Soybean Processors, Inc.
Creating Effective Alliances
Brian M. Henehan, Sr. Extension Associate & Bruce Anderson, Assoc. Professor
Applying the Wyoming Cooperative Model
Larry Swalheim, CEO, Cottage Grove Cooperative
Do We Need a New Cooperative Law?
Bill Oemichen
President and CEO, Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives
Farmer Cooperatives: Building Institutions to Serve a Changing Agriculture
Steve Halbrook
Vice President, Farm Foundation
Applying information and lessons learned from the 2001 Farmer Cooperatives Conference to Our Cooperative
Thomas D. Larson Executive Vice President, for Member and Public Affairs, CHS
2002 Sponsors

Badgerland Farm Credit Services
CHS Foundation
Dorsey & Whitney LLP Farm Foundation
The Cooperative Foundation
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

2002 Co-Sponsors

Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at Kansas State University
Cornell Cooperative Enterprise Program
Midwest Cooperative Education, Research & Extension Consortium
Minnesota Association of Cooperatives
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Northeast Cooperative Council
University of Missouri Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership
University of Saskatchewan Centre for Cooperative Study
United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Business-Cooperative Service Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives

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