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This article about women forming fish farming cooperatives in Rwanda is another example of how cooperatives are empowering people around the globe both economically and socially. Read the entire article at http://allafrica.com/stories/201203220170.html . Learn more
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Health care costs in southeastern Wisconsin have risen 113 percent over the last nine years. In an effort to find a solution to skyrocking costs, Milwaukee small business owner Bob Connolly led the effort to develop Comon Ground Healthcare Cooperative. The cooperative was just awarded a $56.4... Learn more
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In her March 12, 2012, blog post, Maria Mill, NFU Director of Education writes, "This year people around the world are celebrating a business model that puts people first. In a world where the majority of businesses put profit first, this model is being called innovative. For Farmers Union, we call... Learn more
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We wrapped up the 2012 Up and Coming Up and Running Start-up Food Co-op Conference on Saturday. We had a great three days with co-ops from twelve states (as far aways as Alaska to the north and Mississippi to the south). Thanks to our wonderful speakers including Stuart Reid and Jake Schlachter... Learn more
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Reynard, a Justmeans staff writer for Sustainable Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility has written a great article using famous Beatles tunes to demonstrate principles of the co-op business model. Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/79m56gh . Learn more
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Writer and radio commentator Jim Hightower has an op-ed piece about cooperatives in Truthout.org, a nonprofit independent news and commentary organization. He states "Cooperatives can (and do) provide a deeply democratic, locally controlled, highly productive, efficient percolate up capitalism. Co-... Learn more
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NCB has released their 2011 Co-op 100 list. Not surprising, agriculture co-ops are the largest sector at 48.3% of total revenues followed by grocery at 22.4%; energy and communicaitons at 10.4%; finance at 8.8%; hardware and lumber at 4.3%; healthcare at 3.8%; and other at 2%. Congratulations! to... Learn more
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Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on Wednesday, May 2 rd , 2012, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. The 2012 inductees include: cooperative educator, Dr. Michael Cook; cooperative agri-business leader, William Davisson... Learn more
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Check out the great video on YouTube created by the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives to celebrate 2012 - The International Year of the Co-op: http://youtu.be/6My7l_4OwWA . The video tells the story of how farmer cooperatives have helped create jobs and economic opportunities in rural... Learn more
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Australia is celebrating the International Year of the Co-op in a big way. It has issued a commerative "stamp" which will be available on Feb. 14, and last November, it also issued a commerative $1 gold coin. Australia is the only country to have both a stamp and a coin to honor the International... Learn more
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