University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Farmer Cooperatives Attendees 2016
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20th Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference

November 1-3, 2017

Intercontinental |St. Paul, MN

The 20th Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference will bring together farmer cooperative leaders in St. Paul, MN, November 1-3, 2017 for education and networking. Attendees will spend two days with top agricultural cooperative leadership as they address today’s most pressing competitive challenges. Cooperative experts will present their latest research and cooperative leaders will leave with new strategies and techniques to improve their farmer-owned cooperative.

About

The Farmer Cooperatives Conference is a national event highlighting the latest strategic thinking on current cooperative issues and trends. It provides a forum for cooperative directors, managers, and those doing business with agricultural cooperatives to learn and exchange ideas with policy, research, and legal experts about issues currently affecting the agricultural cooperative community.

Organized by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, the program is developed by a national planning committee with diverse backgrounds and expertise from the cooperative, agribusiness and academic sectors. We are grateful for their commitment.

2017 Planning Committee

  • Mark Biedenfeld, Vice President, Alligned Solutions, CHS Inc.
  • Mike Boland, Professor and Director, University of Minnesota Food Industry Center
  • Marlis Carson, Senior Vice President, Legal Tax & Accounting and General Counsel, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  • Michael Cook, Professor and Robert D. Partridge Chair, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Ethan Giebel, Government and Educational Services Director, Cooperative Network
  • Brent Hueth, Associate Professor and Faculty Director, UW Center for Cooperatives
  • Keri Jacobs, Assistant Processor, Iowa Insitute for Cooperatives Endowed Economic Professor, Iowa State University
  • Phil Kenkel, Professor and Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair, Oklahoma State University
  • Jason Lueders, Regional Vice President, CoBank
  • Lynn Pitman, Outreach Specialist, UW Center for Cooperatives
  • Anne Reynolds, Executive Director, UW Center for Cooperatives
  • Jeff Stroburg, President & CEO, Southern States Cooperative
  • Gary Swango, Vice President, Human Resources, GROWMARK
  • Megan Webster, Outreach Specialist, UW Center for Cooperatives
  • Tom Wegner, Director of Governance and Leader Development, Land O’Lakes