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Nearly 100 years after the U.S. Congress established Farm Credit www.farmcredit.com to serve as a reliable source of credit for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, the network of borrower-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations remains a sound and vital resource for rural... Learn more
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Each year 285,000 people across the world die through financial difficulty, but co-operatives can help shift this with a focus on long-term investment to prevent economic shocks, which in turn will have a positive impact on people’s health. According to a recent study conducted by the World Health... Learn more
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Loan balances at credit unions are on pace to rise twice as fast as the average pace seen over the past two years. That’s according to CUNA Mutual Group’s July Credit Union Trends Report , which tracked data through May. What’s driving the surge in credit union lending? Steve Rick, the new chief... Learn more
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Here's another example of how credit unions show "concern for their communities"......1st Financial Federal Credit Union accepts invitation to become the financial partner with the City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office and S.L.A.T.E. for the latter’s Summer Youth Employment and Financial Capability... Learn more
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The establishment of cooperatives prevent social exclusion and directly and indirectly economically empower one-billion people worldwide, South Africa's Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said. The top 300 cooperative enterprises, operating in some of the most competitive industries,... Learn more
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Within the past decade, three forms of worker-owned and/or managed types of organizing work places are now functioning. Out of 5.7 million firms in the United States, the Census Bureau considers that fewer than 300 are worker-owned cooperatives, but they are growing. Read more about this great... Learn more
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On Thursday, June 26th the New York City Council will vote to approve the city's annual budget, which contains a $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker cooperatives. This investment – the largest to date by a city government – represents an endorsement of worker cooperatives as a... Learn more
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Leaders from food cooperatives around the country will gather in Madison, WI, next week to share best practices in improving operations, governance, consumer education and marketing strategies. The CCMA conference is jointly sponsored by NCBA CLUSA and the University of Wisconsin Urban Cooperative... Learn more
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Spain’s agrifood cooperatives have weathered one of the most challenging economic periods in the country’s history, posting an 8 per cent increase in turnover in 2013. The sector saw turnover rise and created more jobs last year in spite of economic downturn Read more about the resiliency of Spain'... Learn more
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In the $400 billion business of retail electricity, where Internet giants are angling for customers, cooperatives must be more than just safe, affordable and reliable. They must flaunt the co-op difference. “Anybody can be safe, affordable and reliable—IOUs do it all day,” said Mike Williams, CEO... Learn more
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