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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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Ever wonder if your business idea would make a good cooperative? Take a stroll on your favorite search engine and you'll find a number of amazing cooperative businesses. Think - beer ( www.blackstar.coop ), cabs ( www.unioncab.coop ), home health care (Circle of Care Cooperatives in Wisconsin), on-... Learn more
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IDC-USA has partnered with fellow cooperative Independent Stationers to provide IDC Owner-Disributors with a comprehensive IDC Member Advantage Program for office supplies. Members of both cooperatives are independently owned and operated organizations bringing local expertise to the market that... Learn more
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