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UW Center for Cooperatives Announces 10th Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference

Event will be held Nov. 5-6 in St. Paul, Minn.

The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives will hold its 10th Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference on Nov. 5-6 in St. Paul, Minn. The topic of this year's conference is "Valuing the Cooperative Business in the 21st Century."

As farmer-owned cooperatives continue to adapt to a changing business landscape, they face many strategic dilemmas, including:

*How can cooperatives maximize the value of their assets?
*What are the key drivers when cooperatives consider business structure changes?
*How can benchmarks be used to optimize performance?
*Understanding the true value of the agricultural cooperative business is crucial to meeting these challenges effectively. This national conference offers a unique opportunity for cooperative board members, CEOs, and others doing business with agricultural cooperatives to explore topics that include:
*Business structure strategies for the future;
*Business structure changes: stories from FCStone Group, South Dakota Soybean Processors, Gold Kist and others;
*Understanding the value of the cooperative during times of change.

For a decade, the annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference has provided a stimulating forum for those in the agricultural cooperative business community to exchange ideas with each other, and with policy, research and legal experts. Organized by the UW Center for Cooperatives and UW-Extension, the conference program is developed by a national planning committee that is knowledgeable and informed about current topics of interest to cooperative businesses.

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