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October 20, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

October is Co-op Month.  During the month we celebrate all the ways co-ops build a better world—through equality, through ownership and by investing in people and their communities. 

Since 1930, co-ops across the United States have convened every October to celebrate the cooperative movement's history and economic impact on communities nationwide. The annual awareness month provides a key opportunity to reflect on the legacy of cooperative impact and celebrate the many ways co-ops are building better businesses, better communities and, ultimately, a better world. 

 

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October 15, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In 2011, staff from the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) in Minneapolis met with about 30 residents of Long Prairie, Minn., to discuss starting a farmer cooperative that would improve their income and promote economic development. After meetings throughout that winter, the cooperative became a legal entity in April 2012. The eight original members each contributed $250 to start the Agua Gorda Cooperative. 

This is just the beginning.  For the rest of the story, go to http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/10/14/agua-gorda-co-op-provides-latino-farmers-with-means-to-acquire-land/.

 

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: LEDC, Long Prairie MN, cooperatives, farmers Comments: [comment_count]
October 14, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Two organizations -the Federation of Southern Cooperatives headquartered in Georgia and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras - have been selected to receive the 7th annual Food Sovereignty Prize this year in an event that will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Food Sovereignty Prize, awarded by the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, champions solutions coming from those most impacted by the injustices of the global food system. In honoring those who are organizing to reclaim local food systems, the commons and community self-determination, the Food Sovereignty Prize affirms that nothing short of the true democratization of our food system will enable us to end hunger once and for all.

Read more about this prestigious award at http://ecowatch.com/2015/10/13/food-sovereignty-prize-oct-14/.

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October 5, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The student-run branch of Corning Credit Union opened for its eighth year Sept. 29 at BOCES Bush campus. Its success serving students and staff will give birth to a second student-run branch this month at Elmira High School. About 20 credit unions run a total of about 50 student-run credit union branches in New York schools, said Ronald McLean, chief marketing officer for the New York Credit Union Association.

Read more about student run credit unions at http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/2015/10/02/banking-comes-local-schools-elmira-boces-corning-credit/73168670/.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: credit unions, students, New York Credit Union Association Comments: [comment_count]
October 5, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The student-run branch of Corning Credit Union opened for its eighth year Sept. 29 at BOCES Bush campus. Its success serving students and staff will give birth to a second student-run branch this month at Elmira High School. About 20 credit unions run a total of about 50 student-run credit union branches in New York schools, said Ronald McLean, chief marketing officer for the New York Credit Union Association.

Read more about student run credit unions at http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/2015/10/02/banking-comes-local-schools-elmira-boces-corning-credit/73168670/.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: credit unions, students, New York Credit Union Association Comments: [comment_count]

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