November 2-4, 2016

Radisson Blu Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

Conference Program

Wednesday, November 2

  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM  
Pre-con: NCERA-210 Annual Meeting
NCERA-210 is a regional research project that promotes research and education on agricultural cooperatives. It also provides a forum for decision-makers and analysts from industry, government, and universities to discuss research results and their implications.

For more information about the NCERA-210 Annual Meeting, please click here.

  5:00 PM - 7:30 PM  
Registration open

  6:00 PM - 7:30PM  
Welcome Reception sponsored by CHS Inc. 

Thursday, November 3

  7:00 AM - 8:30 AM  
Registration and Continental Breakfast sponsored by Land O'Lakes, Inc.

  8:30 AM  
Growth in Global Agricultural Trade
This session will explore global market trends and the implications that trade partnerships will have on agricultural products and commodities.Joseph Glauber is the former Chief Economist with USDA and currently with the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Joseph W. Glauber, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute 

Moderator: Brent Hueth, Associate Professor & Faculty Director, UW Center for Cooperatives

  9:30 AM  
Policy Update
With all eyes on Washington during this election cycle, this session will offer a perspective on the policy environment, and issues to follow in the upcoming year.

Chuck Conner, CEO & President, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Moderator: Keri Jacobs, Assistant Professor, Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Economics Professorship, Iowa State University

  10:15 AM  
Refreshment Break sponsored by Stoel Rives

  10:45 AM  
Cybersecurity, Intellectual Property, and Privacy
As precision agriculture, use of drones and new data systems continue to evolve, what do cooperative leaders need to know to stay ahead of the curve?   

Jamie Nafziger, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney
Randall Romes, Principal – Information Security Services, CliftonLarsonAllen 
David Swain, Manager, Precision Agriculture, Southern States Cooperative
Tony Taylor, Senior Director Infrastructure & Security, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Moderator: Bob Carlson, President & CEO, Landmark Cooperative Services

  12:00 PM  
Lunch sponsored by AgriBank FCB

  1:15 PM 
Governance: Focus on Sodiaal
An interactive session with the Chair of Sodiaal, France’s largest dairy cooperative, focusing on their recent merger and its governance implications.  

Michael Boland, Koller Professor and Director, University of Minnesota Food Industry Center 
Damien Lacombe, Board Chair, Sodiaal, France

  2:30 PM  
Building Rural Communities: Cooperative Impact
Rural communities are benefiting from new cooperative start-ups. Cooperative leaders will discuss their commitment to establishing new cooperative businesses in the rural communities they serve.

Murray Fulton, Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Glen Tully, former President/Chair of the Board, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Mollie Woods, Director, Michigan Cooperative Development Program

  3:30 PM  
Refreshment Break sponsored by Commodity Force

  4:00 PM  
Strategic Development

This session will explore the complementary roles that the board and management play in strategic development.

Myles Shaver, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Moderator: Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, UW Center for Cooperatives

  5:00 PM - 7:00PM 
Cocktail Reception featuring a generous selection of appetizers - sponsored by CoBank

Friday, November 4

  7:00 AM - 8:30 AM  
Registration and Continental Breakfast sponsored by GROWMARK Inc.

  8:30 AM  
State of the Agricultural Economy
The outlook for the farm economy in 2017.  Jason Henderson is a former economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and is now with Purdue University.

Jason Henderson, Associate Dean and Director of Purdue Extension, Purdue University

Moderator: Tom Wegner, Director of Governance and Leader Development, Land O'Lakes, Inc.

  9:30 AM  
Regulatory and Tax Update
This session will explore how new regulations will impact farmer-owned cooperatives: Food Safety Modernization Act, Overtime rules, and export tax options.

Adam Belzberg, Partner, Stoel Rives
Shawn Stevens, Global Safety Attorney, Food Industry Counsel
Michael L. Weaver, Partner, Lindquist & Vennum

Moderator: Bob Bass, Director, CHS Inc.

  10:30 AM  

  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Strategic Cooperative Growth

David Cooper, General Manager, FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative
Mark Fenner, President & CEO, MFA Oil Company

Moderator: Phil Kenkel, Professor & Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair, Oklahoma State University