Thursday, October 6, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:30pm

Please join us on Thursday 6 October 2016 in Indianapolis for the Indiana Local Food Summit!
Join us for a morning of focused networking for food councils, farm to school, food hubs, healthy food access and food business training. Stay for lunch and attend afternoon sessions on ‘Getting Started in Farm to School,’ Cooperative Business Models, Creative purchasing of local food for institutions and restaurants and more!

Who should attend: Anyone working on local food in their community: farm to school, school gardens, community gardens, chefs, food service directors, food hubs, farmers, consumers, elected officials, food entrepreneurs, food access, food insecurity, SNAP, WIC, economic development, city or county leaders - if you are part of a food community - please bring your group!

Early-Bird Registration: $30 includes materials, beverages, snacks and local food lunch, catered by Ivy Tech Culinary Students Registration after 15 September: $40

Draft Agenda:
9:00 am Keynote and Welcome
10:00 am - 12:30 pm Networking and learning sessions for Food Councils, Indiana Farm to School Network, Food Hubs, Food Business Development and Healthy Food Access
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 4:30 pm Concurrent sessions on many local food topics including, Gardening for Healthy Food Access, Using Policy, Systems and the Environment to address food access, Getting Started in Farm to School, Chef and Food Service Sourcing of Local Food, Cooperative Business Models and more!

Ivy Tech Corporate and Culinary Campus; 2820 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:30pm

Co-ops have the potential to create jobs, empower individuals and strengthen communities.  This business model can provide a path toward more self-sufficiency and greater economic potential.  The conference will highlight the impact that African Americans, Hispanics, and Latinos have had on the cooperative movement in this country and showcase their successes in the cooperative movement. 

Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s book, Collective Courage, illustrates that African Americans have a long and strong history of cooperative ownership, especially in reaction to market failures and economic racial discrimination. It is mostly a hidden history and complicated by economic marginalization, and thwarted by racial discrimination and white supremacist violence. Against adversity, the African American community has created a legacy of cooperation that still exists. The earliest efforts built communal ways of supporting each other, and built the foundation for formal businesses. These efforts enriched many during the ebb and flow of US co-op history throughout which African Americans have been contributors.

Join us on October 20 as Jessica shares details about her book and the enormous contributions made by African Americans in the cooperative movement.  Cooperators from Louisiana, to Michigan to North Carolina to Georgia will also share the impact that cooperatives have had on their lives and the communities in which they live.


Indiana Farm Bureau, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, November 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:30pm

Join us on November 3rd for our 10th Annual Crossroads Cooperative Summit.

The heart of the co-op beats with its service to community.  Cooperatives from across the country will share experiences of how their cooperatives fulfill Principle 7 - support for their communities. 


Indiana Farm Bureau, 225 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:00am to Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:00pm

As a Board Chair, you understand your governance role to lead your board and cooperative.  This roundtable will explain the unique challenges faced by board chairs in the cooperative business world.

How do you, as Board Chair, handle the too quiet director, the overly talkative director, the director who likes to manage, or the director who likes to share everything that is discussed at the board meeting?

These and other current topics that require effective board leadership will be discussed at this roundtable.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to gain insight into the responsibilities of your position and network with other board chairs to share ideas about working with your directors.

Program Fee:  $300 MACC Members
                          $400 Non-Members




Assoc of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, 6460 S. Sixth St. Frontage Rd., Springfield, IL 62708
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 -
8:30am to 3:00pm

The class describes the history, culture and nuances of the cooperative business model.  Each employee will leave this program with a solid understanding of the ownership, equity-patronage and member representation structure of their cooperative. The participant will be able to explain their cooperative’s advantage to members and the general public. 

The fees for this program are as follows:  Member $140.00, Non Member $220.00.

Farm Credit Mid-America office at 1601 UPS Drive, Louisville, KY