The 20th Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference will bring together agricultural cooperative leadership and industry experts from across the country to examine strategic issues impacting farmer-owned cooperatives. The conference will be held Nov. 1-3 at the Intercontinental Riverfront in downtown St. Paul, Minn.
The Farmer Cooperatives Conference gives cooperative leaders the tools needed to navigate challenges ahead. Over two days, agricultural cooperative leaders and industry experts will address strategic issues such as the 2018 Farm Bill, the agricultural trade outlook, cybersecurity and cooperative responses to consolidation in agricultural supply chains.
This year’s program will open with a full morning dedicated to policy issues impacting farmer-owned cooperatives. Chuck Conner, CEO & president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives will kick off the morning with a presentation highlighting policy trends and challenges. Dr. Joe Outlaw, professor and extension economist from Texas A&M University will lead the group through his farmer-centric analysis of the upcoming Farm Bill. Governmental affairs leaders will address policy issues both directly and indirectly impacting agriculture such as trade policy, regulatory environment, tax reform and other current issues.
More information about the conference and registration is available at www.farmercoops.uwcc.wisc.edu