Farmer Cooperatives Conference to focus on new opportunities

Registration is underway for the 13th annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference, presented by the UW Center for Cooperatives outside of Denver, CO on December 6-7, 2010.

This year’s program, “Cooperatives: Looking Forward,” will look at current trends that may significantly affect agricultural cooperatives in the future.  A uniquely qualified group of business leaders and policy experts will tackle issues such as opportunities in global and domestic markets, strategies for growth, sustainability and resource management, and the board’s role in leadership development and strategic planning.  The conference also provides the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other agricultural co-op business leaders.

The annual meeting of NCERA-210, which promotes and coordinates research on agricultural cooperatives, will follow the Farmer Cooperatives Conference on December 7-8 at the same location.

For over a decade, the agricultural cooperative community has looked to the Farmer Cooperatives Conference as a source of creative thinking about current cooperative issues and trends.  This year’s program is made possible by the generous support of CoBank, CHS, Dorsey and Whitney LLP, Growmark, Inc., Lindquist & Vennum PLLP, NCFC Educational Foundation, Stoel Rives LLP, The Cooperative Foundation, Farm Foundation, Land O’Lakes, West Central Cooperative, Clifton Gunderson and the Ralph K. Morris Foundation.

Updates on the conference and registration information will be posted on the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives website at  Questions about the conference can be directed to Anne Reynolds, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, (608) 263-4775,