Young farmers and ranchers are invited to attend this year's forum in Minneapolis, Minn., Dec. 3 to 4, prior to the CHS Annual Meeting. They will learn about the cooperative model, develop their leadership skills and hear how they can serve and advocate for cooperatives. Attendees must be nominated by their local cooperative and are encouraged to participate in the annual meeting with their cooperative teams.
The CHS New Leaders Forum is designed exclusively for next-generation cooperative owners to help them explore and prepare for leadership opportunities at all levels of the cooperative system.
|3 p.m.||On-site registration begins|
|6:30 p.m.||Welcome reception with CHS Board members and leaders|
|8:10 a.m.||Leading with Purpose
Welcome from Jay Debertin, CEO and President
|8:30 a.m.||Co-op 101
Unique elements of the cooperative model and benefits of cooperative ownership
|9 a.m.||The Trust Edge
Strategies for building trust and creating valuable relationships
|11:30 a.m.||What role can cooperatives play in agriculture?
How do cooperatives support their owners and rural America? Where are the missed opportunities?
|1 p.m.||How Will Co-ops Thrive in the 21st Century?
What’s the future for cooperatives? Small-group discussion with current CHS Board members will look to the next 30 years and how the cooperative system should evolve to be relevant to the next generation of decision-makers
|2 p.m.||Agricultural Policy and Political Advocacy
Update on ag industry issues.
Panel: Agriculture has seen many challenges and disruptors this past year. Hear from new leaders who have gone to Washington, D.C., to advocate for agriculture and the cooperative system; learn how you can get involved
|3 p.m.||Breakout session 1
(see options below)
|3:40 p.m.||Breakout session 2
(see options below)
|4:20 p.m.||General session wrap-up|
|4:30 p.m.||General session adjourns|
|5:30 p.m.||Dinner, refreshments and networking
At a local craft brewery exclusively for forum attendees
Breakout Session Descriptions
The same breakout sessions will be repeated at 3 p.m. & 3:40 p.m. So, you can attend two of these four sessions:
Cooperatives must nominate young farmers and ranchers to participate. If you are interested in participating, talk to your local cooperative for nomination details.
The CHS New Leaders Forum, Dec. 3 to 4, prior to the CHS Annual Meeting, is designed exclusively for young farmers and ranchers to help them learn about the cooperative system, gain advocacy skills and network with other merging leaders.
Learn more at chsinc.com/new-leaders.
Registration for nominees opened in early October so registration is open now. Register here.
A welcome reception and dinner will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. We hope you will join us for the reception as it is a great time to meet other attendees and CHS Board members and leaders in an informal setting. The forum program will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4, just before the 2019 CHS Annual Meeting on Dec. 5-6. After conclusion of the CHS New Leaders Forum program on Dec. 4, you are invited and strongly encouraged to take part in the CHS Annual Meeting education sessions and business meetings on Dec. 5-6. Your hotel reservations are made through the morning of Friday, Dec. 6, unless you let us know otherwise.
Your expenses (travel, hotel and planned meals) are covered by CHS and your nominating cooperative, but you will need a credit card on file with the hotel to cover any incidentals. At checkout, you should not be asked to pay any room or parking charges (unless you stay outside of meeting dates). Any other parking or mileage charges for the meeting can be reimbursed.
All meals will be provided during the CHS New Leaders Forum, beginning with dinner on Tuesday evening. Lunch is provided both days of the CHS Annual Meeting.
Dress code is business casual (slacks/khakis) for all events except the Tuesday and Wednesday evening receptions, which are casual.
The hotel for the event is the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis (1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403). Reservations are made under your name.
If you encounter any difficulty while you are traveling to the CHS New Leaders Forum, you can reach Corporate Travel Management at 1-800-278-8366.