Agricultural Cooperative Director Training 2022

We are pleased to bring agricultural cooperative directors together in person again!

Minnesota and Wisconsin will cooperate on a director leadership program in January 2022! Topics include a look at how boards might handle employee issues brought up by a director, what types of things should boards consider having in a written contract for their CEO or General Manager, what a board should know about its balance sheet and its ability to handle risky events like cyber security, and current trends in energy and their impact on a cooperative’s energy portfolio. Invited speakers include attorneys, a panel on cyber security, and other experts. The highly interactive program will include exercise at tables between directors using flip charts and extensive questions and answers with the speakers.

Who should attend: this training is developed for directors of agricultural cooperatives.

Minnesota Training Details

Dates: January, 4, 2022, 10 a.m. CT – January 5, 2022, 12 p.m. CT

Training Location:

Crystal Valley Cooperative
1911 Excel Dive,
Mankato, MN 56001 Map

Lodging: Country Inn & Suites
1900 Premier Drive
Mankato, MN 56001

Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations.

Rate: $109/night plus tax, available Monday, January 3 – Wednesday, January 5

Reservations:  please call 507-388-8555 and ask for the UW Center for Cooperatives block.

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Wisconsin Training Details

Dates: January, 10, 2022, 10 a.m. CT – January 11, 2022, 12 p.m. CT

Training Location:

Foremost Farms
E10889 Penny Lane
Baraboo, WI 53913 Map


Staybridge Suites
1345 Great Wolf Drive
Lake Delton, WI

Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations.

Rate: $94/night plus tax, available Sunday, January 10-Tuesday, January 12
Reservations online: Make reservations
By Phone: Toll free line: 1-800-238-8000, mention room block code UWS to get special group rate.

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Registration Information

Registration Fees: $375/attendee


What is included?:

  • First day: lunch, coffee breaks, and evening reception/supper
  • Second day: continental breakfast, coffee break
  • Educational materials

Attendee Limit and COVID Policies:

To ensure the safety of all participants and social distancing, we are limiting capacity of each training to 30 participants. We ask that you register no more than three directors from your cooperative to ensure that many cooperatives are able to participate.

We will follow local government and local host co-op COVID policies at the time of the training. If you have any questions please contact Megan Webster at or 608-890-1048.

Cancellation Policy:

Conference registrants who cancel their registration on or before December 21, 2021 will receive a full refund of the ticket cost minus an administrative fee of $50. Cancellations and refunds must be requested in writing to UW Center for Cooperatives Outreach Specialist Megan Webster.