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William Nelson, president of the CHS Foundation and vice president of CHS Corporate Citizenship, will be the featured speaker at the 23rd annual Aldrich C. Bloomquist Lectureship. William Nelson, president of the CHS Foundation and vice president of CHS Corporate Citizenship, will be the featured speaker at the 23rd annual Aldrich C. Bloomquist Lectureship.
“Investing in Our Futures" is this year's theme.

William Nelson, president of the CHS Foundation and vice president of CHS Corporate Citizenship, will be the featured speaker at the 23rd annual Aldrich C. Bloomquist Lectureship on Wednesday, April 29, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.

The lectureship is sponsored by the North Dakota State University Quentin N. Burdick Center for Cooperatives and Aldrich C. Bloomquist Endowment, which was established by the American Crystal Sugar Co.

The theme of Nelson’s speech is “Investing in Our Futures,” according to Gregory McKee, director of the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives and host of the event.

Nelson will talk about the history of cooperative education; current relationships among cooperative businesses, professional groups and universities to invest in cooperative education; opportunities for investment in future cooperative education; and the role of education in agricultural sustainability.

Nelson serves on the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives' Executive Education Committee and board of directors of the National Cooperative Business Association. He is vice chair of the board of directors of the Ralph K. Morris Foundation and Chairman of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Advisory Committee.

Nelson is a founding member and immediate past chair of the board of directors of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America and vice chair of the STEM Food and Ag Council. He is a board member of the Farm Foundation and member of the Farm Foundation Roundtable, and serves on the eXtension Foundation Leadership Council.

He has undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, Morris, in sociology and political science, and graduate degrees from the University of St. Thomas in community education and University of Houston in studies of the future.

He served as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Minnesota for 13 years prior to joining what is now CHS in1992. He grew up on a centennial family farm in central Minnesota.

He has earned the honorary American farmer degree and will be inducted into the U.S. National Cooperative Hall of Fame at the National Press Club in May.

The lectureship will be held in the Royale Hall of the Fargo Holiday Inn beginning at 7 a.m. Breakfast will be provided. For more information or to register, contact McKee at (701) 231-8521 or email gregory.mckee@ndsu.edu no later than April 22.

Bloomquist served at American Crystal Sugar Co. as president and a longtime 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.

The mission of the Quentin N. Burdick Center for Cooperatives is to conduct, promote and coordinate university education and research on cooperatives to strengthen operations and work toward expanding employment and economic opportunities through cooperatives.


NDSU Agriculture Communication – April 8, 2015

Source:Gregory McKee, (701) 231-8521, gregory.mckee@ndsu.edu
Source:Joan Peterson, (701) 231-7278, joan.peterson@ndsu.edu
Editor:Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136, richard.mattern@ndsu.edu
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