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?

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

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.

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.

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

Surviving the Upheaval and Risk in the Agribusiness Credit Market
Date: Friday, September 12, 2008
Time: 11:00 AM ET / 10:00 AM CT / 09:00 AM MT / 08:00 AM PT [Prevailing Time]
Presenter(s): David Sparks, Regional Manager, CoBank - St. Louis
Objective: The participant can expect a discussion covering the unprecedented times that agriculture is in today and the additional risk that high commodity prices have brought to the agribusiness sector.
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Application
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour
Delivery Method: Group-Live

NOTE: NEW CLN DATE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Description
Some questions you may be asking yourself: Are the risks being taken by the business sector justified by the anticipated rewards? Do we understand what counter party risk really is? Do we have a sound risk management plan for today's environment? The capabilities of many businesses are being stretched and may be approaching a point where the risk is unreasonable.

This CLN will address the cause and effect of the current and changing credit markets that Agribusinesses currently find themselves in. From both a Macro and Micro Economic Perspective, the cost of agriculture commodities and inputs have increased to levels that have created huge challenges for managing those risks in the marketplace.

Also examined will be the paradigm shift over the last 24 months in the Ag commodity, Ag input and credit markets that are seeing unprecedented increases and challenges and just how many businesses are dealing with the new environment.

The CLN will also discuss risk related issues from a finance perspective that touches both lender and borrower and addresses issues from the farmgate to the consumer.

Presenter Bio(s)
David Sparks, currently Regional Manager with CoBank, St. Louis Banking Center joined CoBank in 1996. He was Relationship Manager and Team Leader of National Business Development, Commercial Agribusiness while with CoBank in Louisville Kentucky. Prior to that he worked for Farm Credit Services of Mid America and their predecessor organizations in many different professional roles spanning 17 years.

Sparks earned his graduate degree from Western Kentucky University in Public Service and his under-graduate degree from the University of Kentucky in Agronomy in 1977.

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