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Mar 12, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

One thousand olive producers in Lebanon recently attended a mechanical harvesting workshop organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Participants included representatives from 18 partner cooperatives and 60 companies from across the country. The project aims to improve economic stability in Lebanon by encouraging small businesses and creating jobs for women and youth... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: olive oil, Lebanon, cooperatives, USAID
Mar 12, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Muhyiddin who chaired a meeting in Parliament in Kuala Lumpur said the scope and functions of cooperatives must be expanded to include activities that include production, manufacturing and distribution to ensure members can benefit through reasonable and affordable prices offered for such goods.

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Kuala Lumur
Mar 12, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Cornelius Blanding was selected by the Board of Directors to be the new Executive Director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund starting on March 1, 2015.

Blanding takes the position upon retirement of Ralph Paige who served as Executive Director from 1985 to 2015.

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Topics: Networking, Technical Assistance
Mar 12, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Organic Valley Snack Sticks are made with delicious organic cheese, crafted in small batches for exceptional flavor. Organic Valley Snack Sticks are available in Medium Cheddar and Pepper Jack varieties.

Read more about these new snack items at http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0043008. Read more >

Topics: Networking
Mar 11, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Members of American cooperatives from different sectors of the economy announced Tuesday the launch of the U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences with their Cuban colleagues and to promote its role in boosting the Cuban economy.

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatrives, Cuba, economy
Mar 11, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

An online survey conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Cooperatives Unit and the International Co-operative Alliance shows 75 per cent of survey respondents feel that women’s participation in co-operatives has increased over the past 20 years.  P... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: women, cooperatives, ILO, ICA
Mar 11, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In a phone call from Cuba last week, Michigan Agri-Business Association president Jim Byrum said he saw opportunities for Michigan to export items like eggs, fruit, and beans to the country.

Read more at http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/03/how_opening_trade_with_cuba_co.html... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: Cuba, Michigan
Feb 20, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A total of 170 credit unions participating in the 2014 Miracle Match by CO-OP program raised a record $3.1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, $1 million of which was matching funds provided by CO-OP Financial Services.

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: credit union, Miracle Match, co-op, financial
Feb 20, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Odisha govt in India says cooperative banks are far ahead of large commercial banks in making credit available to the farm sector in the state. Cooperative banks provide 70 per cent of total short term crop loan and account for more than 55 percent share in agriculture credit.

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperative, banks, credit, farm
Feb 19, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The International Co-operative Day / International Day of Co-operatives is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year.  That's July 4th this year.  Start planning your events now.

Read more at http://ica.coop/en/international-day-co-operatives. Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives

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