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Farmer Co-ops Conference focus on strategy, finance.

The 11th annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference will be held Nov. 18-19 in St. Paul, Minn. "Cooperative Strategy, Structure and Finance" is the theme for the conference, sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives.

"Today's farmer cooperatives must pursue growth opportunities to remain competitive, and simultaneously assume more risk to meet supply-chain cost pressures," explains Anne Reynolds, assistant director of the UW Center for Cooperatives. "The equity and capital management issues that result are major drivers for a cooperative's strategic planning and decision-making process."

This year's program will explore the innovative structural and financial strategies that cooperatives are adopting to meet these challenges.

The national conference, Reynolds noted, offers a unique opportunity for cooperative board members, CEOs and others doing business with agricultural cooperatives to explore these issues. Experienced cooperative business leaders and knowledgeable experts will share their insights on topics that include: strategies for growth, managing risk, cooperative finance strategies and case studies of equity and finance strategies employed by individual cooperatives.

For more than a decade, the Farmer Cooperatives Conference has provided a stimulating forum for those in the agricultural cooperative community to learn and exchange ideas. The UW Center for Cooperatives is assisted by a national planning committee of cooperative scholars and practitioners in organizing the conference.

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The annual meeting of NCERA-210, which promotes and coordinates research on agricultural cooperatives, will follow the Farmer Cooperatives Conference on November 19 and 20, at the same location.

Updates on the conference and registration information will be posted at: www.uwcc.wisc.edu/farmercoops08. Questions about the conference can be directed to Anne Reynolds at (608) 263-4775, or atreynol@wisc.edu.
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