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Sep 5, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Hundreds of farmers attended a field day hosted by Ceres Solutions Cooperative Aug 23.  The event is a great opportunity to interact with farmers and learn the latest technologies and programs progressive producers will adopt im the coming years to feed and fuel the nation and the world. Ceres Solutions is a partnership of 100 percent farmer owned cooperatives that supply agronomy inputs, seed, technology, information, power fuels, lubricants, propane gas and more.  Learn more about Ceres at www.ceresllp.com.

Topics: Networking Tags: ag, agriculture, cooperative, co-op, crops Comments: [comment_count]
Sep 5, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Cooperatives are a way for independent business owners to compete against growing corporate consolidation. Ideas for cooperatives often start with a conversation among friends around the kitchen table or while out for dinner.   The Veterinary Cooperative(TVC) was the brain child of a dinner discussion in October 2010 at a fall sailing regatta. Today the original 4 member/owners have grown to over 2,600 clinics. The TVC ownership represents over $2.5 billion in revenue from pet owners or about 15% of all pet owner revenue spent at veterinary hospitals. TVC is now celebrating its 5th anniversary. Read more about this growing co-op at www.theveterinarycooperative.coop.

 

Topics: Success Story Tags: veterinary, cooperative, coop, animals Comments: [comment_count]
Aug 23, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Access to broadband is critical to the stability and growth of rural America.  Courthouses, farms and businesses need high-speed internet. Broadband plays a critical for rural medicine and education and it is important to support our students and local schools. They are the lifeblood keeping rural communities intact. Read about how electric cooperatives in Missouri are urging U.S. senators to guide more federal dollars toward their efforts to build broadband for their members and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Comments: [comment_count]
Aug 9, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

This Saturday, August 12, people worldwide will celebrate International Youth Day. Observed annually on August 12 since 2000, this United Nations emphasis day recognizes young people as agents of change. This year's theme, "Youth Building Peace," highlights young people's contributions to conflict prevention and transformation, as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.

Topics: Networking Tags: youth, United Nations, UN Comments: [comment_count]
Jan 4, 2017
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“ICDC was pivotal to developing Lost River Market and Deli in a community that doesn’t match the normal food co-op demographic. Incorporation, bylaws, organizing a steering committee—but the largest impact was ICDC’s consistent attention, offering advice, finding resources and avenues of support and helping us tell our story to members and funders.”

—Debbie Turner, Lost River Market and Deli

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