The Morris Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring the keynote speaker at the 2011 14th Annual Farmer Cooperatives conference on Monday, November 3 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.  C. Ford Runge, Professor of Applied Economics and Law at the University of Minnesota, is the confirmed speaker.  For more information on the program and registration, please visit

The Eighth Annual Cooperative Leadership Symposium  will be held on Monday, November 14, 2011 in Rochester, Minnesota.  Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners has been asked to deliver the keynote address.   The symposium will be held in conjunction, with the Cooperative Network annual meeting. For more information, please contact Jayne Kincade at (888) 246-5601.

In commemoration of the life and work of Rod Nilsestuen, the Ralph K. Morris Foundation is sponsoring a new  program that advances forward thinking, research, education and outreach in the cooperative community related to business, development, wise rural land use and leadership.  Please save March 30, 2012 on your calendar for the inaugural Nilsestuen Legacy Eventto be held at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.  More program details and registration to follow.