GICL Programs

Summer Institute

GICL’s signature program features a unique model for learning from each other, research-informed frameworks, and wisdom of cooperative leaders. Our purpose is to examine issues critical to success of producer-owned firms, to advance knowledge regarding cooperative health, and to share solutions to collective action challenges in the areas of strategy, structure, finance, and governance. Designed for senior employees and rising stars among leading agricultural cooperatives, each participant is hand-selected to attend. Participants gain an invaluable network of colleagues and continued opportunities for exchange of ideas. The four day program is held annually in early summer at the University of Missouri in Columbia.


Bob and Lynda Engel Workshop Series

This workshop series, sponsored by CoBank, is designed to create new knowledge, foster learning, and examine principles of the cooperative model by focusing on emerging issues that uniquely impact producer-owned organizations and cooperatives. Each workshop brings together a hand-selected group of cooperative thinkers and researchers to explore a topic in considerable depth. The goal is to elicit unique approaches and solutions and to share thoughts and findings with the cooperative community.