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2017 Agribusiness CEO Conference <br /><em>(attendance by invitation only)</em>

October 16-18, 2017
Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage, Rancho Mirage, California

An Outstanding Program

Every two years, CoBank sponsors an exclusive invitation-only event for agribusiness CEOs. CoBank's 2017 Agribusiness CEO Conference features an agenda carefully designed to address the economic, business and political issues CEOs of agricultural cooperatives and other agribusiness enterprises are dealing with today. The conference will also offer attendees the opportunity to network with industry peers and enjoy golf and other activities in a world-class venue. 

This year's event will feature a wide variety of compelling speakers, including famed journalist Bob Woodward, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, noted economist Matthew Slaughter, food and beverage industry analyst Darren Seifer, and futurist Salim Ismail, as well as a conversation with CoBank CEO, Tom Halverson, on the economic, political and social challenges facing America’s rural communities.


Tom Halverson ~ President and Chief Executive Officer, CoBank
Carlos Gutierrez ~ Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Former CEO of Kellogg
Salim Ismail ~ Technology Strategist, Founder and CEO of ExO Works
Doris Kearns Goodwin ~ Presidential Historian and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Darren Seifer ~ Food and Beverage Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
Matthew Slaughter ~ Dean, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Bob Woodward ~ Legendary Reporter and Associate Editor of the Washington Post

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 on the Hotel tab for additional information on making your hotel reservation.

There will be a program for spouses and guests on Tuesday, October 17. Please visit the Spouse Program tab 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. See the Golf tab for golf course dress code details.  

Please note that this is an invitation-only event and invitations are non-transferable.

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


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