2010 IIC Annual Meeting

Hall of Fame Recipients

Billy Hotchkiss, Huxley, IA

Denis Leiting, Carroll, IA


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Iowa State Center – Scheman Continuing Education Building, Ames, IA

  8:00 – 11:30 a.m.       REGISTRATION – Coffee, Juice, Pastries (Sponsored by CoBank)                                   

  9:00 –   9:45 a.m.       Member Meetings for establishing legislative priories

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.       Issues in Common – Kayla Lyon and Drue Sander                         

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.       Regional Caucus – Mike Hechtner, Chair 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.       Retired Co-op Managers Reunion    

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.       Refreshment Break    (Sponsored by FCStone, Inc.)

11:15 – 12:00 noon      SPEAKER “The United States Role in International Affairs” by Dr. James M. Olson (Sponsored by AGP)   

Dr. James M. Olson is on the faculty of the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University where he teaches courses on intelligence and national security.  He served his entire career in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations.  His career highlights include serving as the Chief of CIA Counterintelligence at the CIA headquarters, and in overseas assignments in Moscow, Vienna and Mexico City.  He lives in College Station, TX.

Dr. Olson is going to visit with you about real life world scenarios and what the United States role in these issues should be.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.       LUNCH  (Sponsored by CHS and Land O’Lakes)                                

  12:45 –   1:45 p.m.       Annual Business Meeting, Approval of Resolutions, and Awards               

  1:45 –   2:00 p.m.       Refreshment Break    (Sponsored by AGRI Industries, Inc.)                                                             

  2:00 –   2:50 p.m.       Breakout Sessions (These 3 sessions will be held only once)

 *Political Insight – What message was sent?  

The 2010 elections were just concluded.  While many of us are glad all the advertisements are gone, what message was sent to state and federal elected officials?  Dr. Steffen Schmidt, “Dr. Politics”, is going to provide a post-election analysis and what message was sent on November 2nd.  He will also touch on the 2010 census and what the redistricting of Iowa’s legislative districts could look like in 2012.  Dr. Schmidt is a Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University, Ames, IA.  Political Insight Presentation Slides          

 *Health Care Reform – What does it really mean?     

 The ‘Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act’ was passed by the US Congress and signed by President Obama this past summer.  What does it really mean for business and individual coverage?  How will people react as it begins to take effect?  Susan Freed, an attorney with Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, is going to expand on these and other related issues.  Susan is a frequent presenter on a wide variety of health care issues.  Heath Care Presentation Slides                                                 

 *Wind Energy – How do we get energy from Point A to Point B?

Iowa has constructed a great deal of wind energy generation capacity.  This has occurred as the nation clamored for renewable energy sources.  The development was enhanced by federal and state tax incentives encouraging wind energy construction.  Now we have a real dilemma, finding a way to export this energy to where the population centers are located.  Issues such as financing, right of way and siting issues will have to be addressed.  Doug Collins of ITC Midwest and Dean Crist of MidAmerican Energy, Alliant Energy are going to explain these complex issues and offer some of their thoughts on how these issues should be addressed.

  3:00 –   3:45 p.m.       Breakout Session

*Economic Outlook         

This is always a very timely way to end our annual meeting.   Dr. Chad Hart and Shane Ellis of Iowa State University will provide their insights to what looks to be a very exciting year in the agriculture commodity world.  They will discuss what the next 12 months might hold.

  3:45 p.m.                   ADJOURN    

Special Thanks – Member companies who have helped us cover expenses of individual annual meeting activities are listed beside those activities in the program.  Other members who have helped us cover general expenses of the meeting are:  Agri-Business Insurance, Associated Benefits Corp., Cooperative Credit Co., Cooperative Mutual Insurance, Farm Credit Services of America, GROWMARK, Inc. and Nationwide Agribusiness.  We wish to extend our thanks to all sponsors for their support.  And, most of all, we thank you for your attendance and the support that your registration fees provide.

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