MONDAY, JANUARY 7: Basic and Advanced Cooperative Governance
10:00 am Registration
10:30 am Board President/Chair Training & Discussion (Mike Boland or Chris Kopka)
An interactive session and discussion with board presidents/chairs on their roles, responsibilities, challenges and opportunities.
Officer Responsibilities and Duties (Mike Boland or Chris Kopka)
An interactive session and discussion with directors on the roles, responsibilities, challenges and opportunities of being an officer and/or a director.
12:00 noon Lunch
1:00 pm Introduction to Governance (Mike Boland and Greg McKee)
Greg will discuss governance topics for directors.
2:30 pm Break
3:00 pm Director and Officer insurance: What should you know?
(Bob Schueler, VP of Agri-Business Insurance Services and TBD Attorney)
5:30 pm Social/ Supper – Dakota Event Center (connected to the Hampton Inn)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8: Advanced Governance Topics
7:00 am Breakfast
8:00 am Advanced Governance Topic – (Mike Boland and Chris Kopka)
A discussion of roles and responsibilities for directors and CEOs and how regulatory agencies look at boards of directors. Chris has worked with mergers and acquisitions as well as governance topics throughout his career. Examples and small group exercises will be used to motivate this topic.
9:30 am Break – Check out of rooms
10:00 am Merger conversations – (Calvin Aarons, board chairman of Farmward)
Calvin will share his thoughts about mergers and what has worked for his cooperative in
recent years. Farmward Cooperative™ was formed with the merger of two strong, long-
standing local cooperatives: Harvest Land and Co-op Country Farmers Elevator.
Headquartered in Morgan, MN, Farmward offers a full range of agricultural products
and services, including grain handling and marketing, crop protection, crop nutrients,
seed, precision ag, bulk feed manufacturing and delivery, and bulk delivery of energy
products, including refined fuels, propane, and lubricants. Farmward also provides
producer financing, leasing, crop insurance, and property and casualty insurance
through its subsidiary companies, AgQuest Financial and Northland Capital.