Two local young producers learned how they can play a crucial role in helping agriculture and the cooperative system thrive during the CHS New Leaders Forum, hosted by CHS Inc., the nation’s leading cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company.
Mike Pamer, Winnecone, Wis., and Bryan Sleik, Winnecone, Wis., were among more than 100 men and women from across the U.S. and Canada nominated to participate in the program held Nov. 29- Dec. 2, 2016, in conjunction with the CHS Annual Meeting. The participants represented CHS Larsen Cooperative, New London, Wis.
During the event, attendees explored more about the cooperative system, cooperative board leadership andsuccession planning. Pamer and Sleik also developed advocacy skills by participating in discussions on the issues and challenges facing cooperatives, agriculture and rural America.
Participants heard from CHS leaders including Carl Casale, CHS president and CEO; Jay Debertin, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Energy and Foods; Gary Halverson, vice president, Farm Supply, CHS Country Operations; and John Engelen, vice president, Government Affairs. David Horsager, CEO, Horsager Leadership, also presented a workshop on the importance of building trust relationships and how it plays a vital role in local cooperatives and farming operations, while Steve Hamilton of The Land as Your Legacy® program illustrated the value of early succession planning.
The New Leaders Forum featured networking events with the CHS Board of Directors, management and employees which encouraged participants to voice their opinions on how CHS should evolve to best serve farmers for the future. Following theprogram attendees joined more than 2,000 CHS owners for the 2016 CHS Annual Meeting, which included agricultural-related educational sessions about the essential insights necessary to move forward in agriculture, the annual meeting business session and a keynote address by Peter Zeihan, a geopolitical strategist.