What is NSAC's Cooperative Learning Network?
A NSAC Cooperative Learning Network is a live, interactive 60-minute conference presented over the telephone and over the Internet. You can attend from any location that has telephone and Internet access. You pay just one registration fee for as many participants as you wish at each call/log-in location.

Note that high-speed Internet access is not mandatory – the system works with dial-up but you must have separate connections for the audio and video portions. You may use cell phones for the audio if you have only one connection.

Who presents at one of these sessions?
Your Cooperative Learning Network will have one or more speakers who are recognized experts on the topic. Conferences typically include a Q&A session; you can ask questions by phone or instant messaging options.

CPE Credits
The National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

Delivery Method: Group-Live.

CLN Policies
Refunds for CLNs are not provided. Registrants if unable to participate will be provided credit for a future CLN or may opt to be sent a copy of the CLN PODCast following the event. Note PODCasts are not eligible for CPE credit.

For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or CLN cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (937) 222-6707 or info@nsacoop.org.

What does my registration include?
Your registration includes long-distance charges for the audio portion and log-in to the video presentation. All handouts and presentation files are downloadable and may be printed out or saved to the participant's computer once they are logged in to the session meeting room. Sessions include one CPE Certificate of Attendance. Certificates for additional participants are $10.00 each.

Why NSAC Cooperative Learning Networks?

Fast.
No wasted time. Get right to the heart of the matter in a 60-minute session designed to easily fit into your busy schedule.

Convenient.
No airlines. No travel. No time out of the office. Listen and follow along from the comfort and convenience of your desk or conference room.

Easy.
A telephone and computer are all the equipment you need. Just dial in and log-in to the system. That's it.

Ideal for multiple attendees.
Use a speakerphone and projector and invite as many people as you want to participate - at no extra cost to you.

Affordable.
NSAC Cooperative Learning Networks are a fraction of the cost of travel and attendance fees for other high-priced conferences or seminars.

Cooperative Learning Network

Washington Update
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM CT / 10:00 AM MT / 09:00 AM PT [Prevailing Time]
Presenter(s): Brian Cavey, VP of Legislative Affairs, NRECA - Lisa Van Doren, VP and Chief of Staff, Government Affairs, NCFC
Objective: A discussion around top policy issues for farmer co-ops.
Field of Study: Regulatory Ethics
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour
Delivery Method: Group-Live

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Description
This CLN will be a discussion around top policy issues for farmer co-ops – such as farm bill implementation updates, environmental regulation, immigration and labor, and nutrition – and what is currently happening on those issues in Washington, D.C. This session will provide updates to the June 2014 CLN.

Presenter Bio(s)
Brian Cavey is the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Mr. Cavey is an accomplished legislative operative with more than 18 years experience on Capitol Hill, in the state capitols and in corporate government affairs and trade association management. Before joining NRECA, Cavey was a lobbyist with the Stanton
Park Group. There he represented a diverse group of corporate, government and education clients on issues including energy, telecommunications, healthcare, education and transportation policy.
Previously, he served as Director of Government Affairs for Washington Group International, a Fortune 500 engineering and construction management corporation. There, he represented the Infrastructure and Mining business units in securing federal authorizations and spending appropriations for transportation and water development projects across the nation and helped obtain necessary permits to facilitate mining operations in Mexico. In that capacity, he also served as Treasurer for the company’s Political Action Committee, more than tripling its receipts during
his tenure. Before that, Mr. Cavey served as Executive Vice President of the Montana Motor
Carriers, spearheading the enactment of state highway speed limits and reductions in licensing fees by the Montana Legislature. He was also instrumental in a regional effort by trucking associations to secure passage by the Western Governors Association of a resolution seeking harmonization of truck size and weight requirements. Mr. Cavey began his Washington career as a Legislative Assistant to Sen. Max Baucus (DMT), where he advised the Senator on a range of issues including agriculture, small business issues, federal land use, clean water, federal nutrition programs and reform of the Food and Drug Administration and telecommunications policy. In 1996, he successfully guided Sen. Baucus’s priorities through enactment in both the Freedom to Farm Act and the Telecommunications Reform Act. He was promoted to become Sen. Baucus’ Legislative
Director, then Acting Chief of Staff. Before going into politics, Mr. Cavey was an educator, serving as Assistant to the Dean of the Montana State University College of Agriculture, where he was liaison between students and University Academic Committees. In that capacity, he initiated
a recruitment program that reversed an enrollment decline in the College of Agriculture and helped develop matriculation agreements with Junior Colleges in the region to help simplify graduation requirements for transfer students. For five years before joining the College of Agriculture, he taught agriculture, biology and mechanics to junior and senior high school students in two rural Montana communities. A native of Missoula, Montana, Mr. Cavey graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Agriculture Education from Montana State University. He lives
in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Beth and his children Augustina and Michael.

Lisa Van Doren serves as Vice President and Chief of Staff for Government Affairs at the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC). In this capacity, she oversees NCFC’s government affairs staff and directs NCFC’s public policy agenda. She serves as NCFC liaison to the Congressional Farmer Cooperative Caucus and coordinates the activities of the NCFC Government Affairs Committee. NCFC is a national association representing America’s farmer cooperatives. There are nearly 3,000 farmer cooperatives across the U.S. whose members include a majority of our nation’s more than 2 million farmers, ranchers and growers. These farmer cooperative businesses handle, process, and market agricultural commodities and related products; furnish farm supplies; and provide credit and associated financial services. Earnings from these activities are returned to their members on a patronage basis. Farmer cooperatives also provide jobs for nearly 250,000 Americans, many in rural areas, with a combined payroll of over $8 billion.
Prior to joining NCFC in March 2008, Lisa served as Director of Public Policy for the National Corn Growers Association. She also served as Professional Staff for the House Committee on Agriculture. There she worked on the 2002 Farm Bill and managed numerous key legislative issues including food safety inspection programs, crop protection regulations, marketing orders for fruits and vegetables, energy, clean air, nursery crops and forest management. Lisa also worked in the personal office of former Rep. Charles Stenholm (D-TX) as a legislative assistant and was an intern for former Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez (D-TX). A native Texan, Lisa was raised in Hondo, about 45 miles west of San Antonio, on a beef cattle and horse ranch. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Development in 1998. Lisa also earned a Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University in 2002.

A PODCast of this workshop is now availble. Click here to order/view.

Additional Information

For more information regarding this series or administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact the NSAC National offices, 136 S. Keowee St., Dayton, OH 45402, 937-222-6707, email: info@nsacoop.org