Coops contribute to the success of agriculture

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2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives and provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of the cooperative business structure to the agriculture industry.  Chuck Conner, president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives says 2012 is also a great time to show off just how important farmer cooperatives are to the success of the farmer. AUDIO:… Read more »

Highlighting farmer cooperatives

The cooperative system has played a vital role in the agriculture industry.  As 2012 is celebrated as the International Year of Cooperatives, Chuck Conner, president of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives says it is an opportunity to highlight the cooperative business structure and its importance to agriculture.  “I think 2012 is an appropriate year… Read more »

Embracing the cooperative principles

Soon after the adoption of the Rural Electrification Act in 1935, Indiana Statewide became the first electric cooperative association in the nation.  Today, Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives provides electricity to nearly 500,000 consumers and businesses in parts of 89 of Indiana’s 92 counties.    Like other cooperatives, Indiana Statewide Association of Rural… Read more »

2012 IYC: The Lost River Market and Deli

In Orange County Indiana the town of Paoli had just a few options for residents to do their shopping.  Debbie Turner, a past steering committee member for the Lost River Market and Deli says while those places serve a purpose, the community felt they were under served.  “We would often ask members of the community… Read more »

2012 IYC: Regional Cooperatives

Regional cooperatives play a large part in the agriculture industry.  Growmark, based in Bloomington, Ill. began in 1927 providing services to farmers in Illinois.  Over the past 84 years they have expanded to cover not only Illinois, but – Iowa, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada.  President and Chairman of the Board Dan Kelley says the most… Read more »

2012 IYC: Cabot Creamery

Dairy cooperatives in the United States peaked in the 1940’s with nearly 2,300 in 42 states.  Because dairy farms were relatively small and remotely located, cooperatives – formed by groups of farmers seeking solutions to common problems – began to emerge.  In 1919 a group Vermont farmers came together to figure out what to do… Read more »

2012 IYC: Nat’l Rural Electric Cooperatives

For many years, power companies ignored the rural areas of the nation.  In fact, until the mid-1930’s nine out of every ten rural homes were without electricity.  Martin Lowery, Executive Vice-President of External Affairs with the NRECA says in the early 1900’s then President Teddy Roosevelt suggested using the co-operative business model to bring electricity… Read more »

2012 IYC: National Council Farmer Coops

Farmer owned cooperatives are essential for America’s farmers and ranchers to provide food, fuel and fiber to the world’s growing population.  Chuck Conner, President and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives says a traditional farm co-operative benefits the average American farmer.  “On average,” he says, “a farmer that belongs to a supply co-op and… Read more »

2012: International Year of Cooperatives

In December of 2009 the United Nations General Assembly declared 2012 The International Year of Co-operatives (IYC).  Why co-operatives?  According to (a website dedicated to the IYC) the UN resolution recognizes the diversity of the co-op movement with hopes that governments will take up measures aimed at creating a supportive environment for the continued… Read more »