CHS New Leaders Forum

CHS New Leaders Forum

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. 

Participation details

  • Registration: Cooperative CEOs and GMs are encouraged to register their nominees. Registration is now open. Use password: 2019NewLeader. Hotel registration closes Nov. 15. 
  • Travel: Upon registration, a travel agent will follow up to make hotel reservations and secure flights (if needed).
  • Cost: As a sponsoring cooperative, you pay only $200 per person. An invoice will be sent to you. CHS will cover the remaining costs for forum attendees, including travel, hotel, meals and programming.


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.

Tuesday, Dec. 3

3 p.m. On-site registration begins 
6:30 p.m. Welcome reception with CHS Board members and leaders 

Wednesday, Dec. 4

8 a.m. Welcome
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?
Noon Lunch
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
1:45 p.m. Break
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:

  • Empowering Agriculture and My Community
    Hear how young leaders have stepped up to leadership in their local communities.
  • My Co-op Board Service Journey
    Learn what it takes to be an effective local cooperative board member and engaged owner.
  • We’re All Agvocates
    Social media, presentation and communication tips for being an ag advocate every day.
  • Managing Stress on the Farm
    Tips and resources for identifying and addressing stress and mental health for farmer safety.

CHS New Leaders Forum FAQs

View additional recap images from the 2018 CHS New Leaders Forum on Flickr.