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Jun 10, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

As many of us watch or participate in the movement to improve the lives of service workers through raising the minimum wage, another, more radical story is being told on the margins: the story of worker-owned cooperatives, which have the potential to change the way we work.

Read more about how woker co-ops can are are enhancing our economy at ... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: coops, cooperatives, worker coops
Jun 5, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A new study from University of California Davis finds that up to 90% of the US population could be fed a standard American diet consisting only of food grown and raised within 100 miles. Local food systems can have a number of positive impacts, including cutting the greenhouse gas emissions from transporting food long distances—especially when the foods are refrigerated or frozen—and... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: local foods, UC Davis, food
May 18, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Consumers who want to avoid genetically modified foods will benefit, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, from a new voluntary federal program via which companies can certify their foods are free from genetically-modified ingredients.

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Topics: Networking Tags: USDA, GMO
May 15, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Fannie Mae has launched its Green Rewards multifamily financing program for owners of apartment buildings and cooperatives to encourage them to invest in energy- and water-saving improvements.

To learn more about Fannie Mae's Green Rewards Incentives go to ... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: Fannie Mae, housing, green rewards, cooperatives
May 15, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Farmers’ Market program has been very popular for more than a decade on Interstate 90. MassDOT will offer farmers markets at all 18 state service plazas, including the original 11 along I-90 and seven in additional locations.

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Topics: Networking Tags: farmers market, MassDOT, Massachusetts
May 15, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The USDA Farmers Market turns 20 this year, but Friday night it plans to shake things up a bit. For the first time, the weekly seasonal event is adding a night market. The evening session will take place the third Friday of each month through October from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Topics: Networking Tags: farmers market, USDA
May 14, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) will be resuming its efforts to rebuild the credit union sector in Liberia, which has recently been declared free of Ebola. “We are quite pleased to restart a project that will bring access to financial services to thousands of Liberians over the next two years,”... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: credit union, Liberia, ebola, World Council of Credit Unions
Apr 29, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A year after Ebola devastated swaths of Sierra Leone, killing more than 10,000 people in the region, life in the West African nation is slowly returning to normal. Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world.

One answer may lie in an innovative program created by Pennsylvania State University’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (PSU-HESE)... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: cooperatives, Sierra Leone, World Hope International
Apr 22, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

How many steps would you walk to score some co-op swag? The “Led ‘Steppin” team of walkers at Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Grawn, Mich., took nearly 2 million steps in its quest to claim the grand prize. The first-ever Spring Step Challenge is a friendly competition among 20 co-ops. It’s the creation of a Michigan co-op employee whose workplace was too small to sustain a wellness program... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, co-ops, electric cooperative
Apr 20, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The growth of one is the growth of all. This is perhaps the most essential part of cooperatives. Maco Development Cooperative (Madeco) just celebrated 25 years of operation.  Madeco has become a cooperative that truly serves not just the people of Maco, but the entire province. Cooperatives in the Philippines are recognized with an important role in the development of the nation. 

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops

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