|College Conference on Cooperatives|
Every February students attend the Collegiate Conference on Cooperatives. Sponsored in part by the CHS Foundation and CoBank, the event attracts participants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Montana and Colorado. The annual conference features presentations by cooperative leaders from all across the spectrum, and it is beneficial to both beginning students and to those with some previous co-op education.
"Our own history is so closely tied with the cooperative movement," said NFU President Roger Johnson. "Farmers Union has a strong commitment to providing cooperative education not only to our members, but also to the general public, and especially to young people."
CCOC participants visit CHS headquarters and they have heard from cooperative leaders, farmers, and government experts who have outlined the challenges facing co-ops. Students also tour housing, retail and marketing cooperatives across Minneapolis and St. Paul.
More focused presentations have been given by members, directors, employees and managers from traditional and value-added agricultural cooperatives, as well as from electric, housing, and worker-owned co-ops. Students benefitted from listening to others involved in consumer cooperatives such as credit unions and Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op.
Past participants have offered the following comments:
"The most important thing I learned was how many areas cooperatives are involved in, not just agriculture alone."
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