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June 22, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

NCBA CLUSA is excited to announce that its inaugural Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.—an unprecedented opportunity to amplify the economic impact, diversity and sustainability of a business model 70 percent of consumers say they already trust.

Designed to kick off Co-op Month, this two-day public awareness event will feature live music, high-profile speakers, games, giveaways and interactive booths to engage a potential audience of 65,000+ people on the National Mall. The event will also serve as a visual reminder of the success and diversity of the co-op business model to elected officials in the nation’s capital. 
 

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June 22, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Resiliency is front and center in the news these days.  It is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, plain ‘ole’ life problems–and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful.

So how do cooperatives contribute to resiliency - resiliency of communities, businesses, people?  One such story of resiliency recently appeared in the NCBA CLUSA weekly newsletter.  This powerful story of women of Niger illustrates how they created solidarity in their community to ensure a better future for all their children through bettter early childhood nutrition.  Their efforts have already inspired three surrounding villages to adopt similar practices.

Read more at http://ncba.coop/ncba-international/1850-it-takes-a-village-how-a-mothers-group-in-niger-is-transforming-early-childhood-nutrition.

 

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June 16, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (Milma) will roll out a mobile milk vending unit on a trial basis on Monday.Besides reducing plastic waste, the move would also distribute milk in quantities lesser that the now available minimum of half-litre packets.

Read more about this innovative project at https://www.nyoooz.com/news/thiruvananthapuram/838732/kerala-cooperative-milk-marketing-federation-to-deliver-milk-at-your-doorstep/.

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June 16, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Solar energy is a major renewable energy source with the potential to meet many of the challenges facing the world. There are many reasons to promote its share in the energy market. This power source is increasing in popularity because it is versatile with many benefits to people and the environment.  The rural electric cooperatives are taking a leading role in increasing the use of renewal energy.

As an example, a solar-energy farm is taking shape next to the Apache Generating Station near Willcox, AR that will provide 20 megawatts of clean power to rural electric cooperatives across the state when it goes online in September. About 4,000 photovoltaic panels are going up each workday at a project by Benson-based Arizona G&T Cooperatives, which is building the solar plant to supply member co-ops including Trico Electric, which serves parts of rural Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties.

Read more about this project at: http://tucson.com/business/tucson/big-solar-farm-going-up-near-apache-power-plant-outside/article_3b205a46-9a4e-5e81-9d74-e5b769dd8d8c.html.

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June 16, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Workers’ cooperatives are businesses that are owned and democratically operated/governed by the employees, with each employee serving as a part-owner of the business. Because the owners are also the workers, co-ops concentrate as much on creating lasting and meaningful employment and good, healthy working conditions as they do on generating profits for the owners/workers. This is an innovative and proven business model that is taking hold across the country.

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