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2018 Agribusiness Board Leaders Conference

September 05-07, 2018
Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, Rancho Mirage, California

CoBank presents its 2018 Agribusiness Board Leaders Conference

An Outstanding Program

Every two years, CoBank sponsors its exclusive invitation-only Agribusiness Board Leaders Conference, which features an outstanding lineup of speakers designed to address the economic, business and political issues important to board members of agricultural cooperatives, Farm Credit Associations and other enterprises. The event will also give attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers and enjoy other activities in a world-class venue.

This year's event will feature a wide variety of compelling speakers, including Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, Walter Robb, former U.S. Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, Mike Steep on disruptive technology, Austan Goolsbee on the economy, a political point-counterpoint between Josh Earnest (D) and Ed Gillespie (R), as well as CoBank CEO, Tom Halverson, on the challenges, opportunities and disruptive changes facing key industries in the U.S. rural economy.


Tom Halverson ~ President and Chief Executive Officer, CoBank
Josh Earnest ~ Former White House Press Secretary and Political Analyst for NBC and MSNBC
Ed Gillespie ~ Former Counselor to President George W. Bush and Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Austan Goolsbee ~ Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Former Chairman, President’s Council of Economic Advisers
Ron Kirk ~ Former United States Trade Representative
Walter Robb ~ Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market
Mike Steep ~ Executive Director, Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology
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Additional Information

Please click on the Registration tab to access our online registration site. There is no charge to attend the conference beyond your travel and hotel expenses.

Make your hotel reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability. Please click the Hotel tab for additional information on making your hotel reservation.

There will be a program for spouses and guests on Thursday, September 6. Please see the Spouse Program page for details. Spouses and guests are invited to join us for the receptions and dinner as well.

Attire for all business sessions is resort casual. Jackets are appropriate for the opening reception, but ties are not necessary. Dress for the spouse program is casual – please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers.

For further information, contact CoBank’s Corporate Communications Department, 303-740-4040 or

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