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Bloomquist Lectureship Series

Nearly every year since 1995, the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives has been honored to select an individual for the Bloomquist Lectureship Series. The Bloomquist Lectureship Series is supported by an endowment established by American Crystal Sugar Company. The series includes guest lectures and symposia on topics related to cooperatives and agribusiness. This annual lectureship series is a program of the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives. The Center is an endowed program established at NDSU in 1992 through the efforts and contributions of cooperatives and individuals throughout the region to increase the understanding of cooperative businesses and their economic role through research and education. Al Bloomquist served a distinguished career at American Crystal Sugar Co. as President and long-time executive. This lecture series has been established in recognition of his contributions to the company and the industry by American Crystal Sugar through the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at NDSU.

2017 Featured Speaker

This year's Lecture will be held at 7:00 AM, Thursday April 20th, 2017 in the Embassy Hall of the Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND.

Please RSVP to Dr. Frayne Olson at frayne.olson@ndsu.edu by April 13th. 

Vern Dosch, Chief Executive Officer & President, National Information Solutions Cooperative, Inc.

"Relevance of the Cooperative Business Model in a Millenial World"

Image result for Vern Dosch Mr. Vern Dosch serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of National Information Solutions Cooperative, Inc. Mr. Dosch previously served as General Manager of National Information Solutions Cooperative, Inc. since January 1993. Mr. Dosch previously served as Business Manager of National Information Solutions Cooperative from 1986 to 1993. He served as General Manager of North Central Data Cooperative (NCDC) for seven years. His career at NCDC began in 1985 as Office ... Manager. From 1979 to 1985, he was employed with Basin Electric Cooperative in Bismarck, N.D., where he served as a Financial Analyst and a Leverage Lease Management Analyst. He began his career in the utility business in 1975 with a distribution cooperative in Bismarck. He serves as a Director at St. Alexius Medical Center, Inc. and National Information Solutions Cooperative, Inc. Mr. Dosch holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Management degree from the University of Mary, Bismarck.

Previous Lectureship Presenters

Nearly every year since 1995, the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives has been honored to select an individual for the Bloomquist Lectureship Series.  Presentation topics are related to cooperatives and agribusiness.  Guest lecturers and a transcript of their presentation can be found in the list below.


Vern Dosch, President and CEO, National Information Solutions Cooperative, Inc.



Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union

Farmers Union Cooperatives: Staying Power for Rural America


Bill York, CEO, AgriBank
AgriBank: Serving Those Who Serve Rural America in These Volatile Times


David Thompson, Thompson Consulting & Co-Principal of Neighborhood Partners, LLC
The Start of Cooperatives  {Sorry--no transcript available}


Sheldon Petersen, CEO, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Association
Using the Cooperative Business Model to Connect Rural Electric Cooperatives to Wall Street


Robert Engel, CEO, CoBank
Search for Leadership in a Post-Crisis Malaise


John Johnson, President & CEO, CHS, Inc.
Leading Cooperatives to Global Success


Robert Carlson, President, North Dakota Farmers Union
The 2007 Farm Bill Debate and Its Impact on Cooperatives


Vern Dosch, President & CEO, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)
Providing Information Technology Services using the Cooperative Business Model


James Horvath, CEO & President, American Crystal Sugar Co.
Changes and Challenges of the Sugar Beet Industry


Randall Torgerson, retired Deputy Administrator for Cooperative Services, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Turbulent Times: Reflections of the Role of Cooperatives in the Economic Organization of America


Robert Bergland, Member, University of Minnesota Board of Regents
Cooperatives and Communities  {Sorry--no transcript available}


Mike Warner, Agribusinessman & Initiator of New Generation Co-ops
Value Added--A Progress Report  {Sorry--no transcript available}


Bill Patrie, Rural Development Director, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives
New Generation Cooperatives and the Future of Agriculture


George "Bud" Sinner, former North Dakota Governor & former Vice President of Government Relations, American Crystal Sugar Co.
Why Farmers Won't Survive Unless They Become Food Merchants


Ralph Morris, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Doherty, Rumble, & Butler Law Firm
The Cooperative Advantage--Myth or Reality?


Dennis Sexhus, COO, North American Bison Cooperative
Gate to Plate: Procedures take Control of Industry


Vern Freeh, President, Freeh Enterprises
World Trade and Market Globalization: The Other Parts of the Equation


Joseph Famalette, President & CEO, American Crystal Sugar Co.
Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Career Opportunities in the Food and Agriculture Industry in the 21st Century

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