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Youth involvement is a priority for many co-operatives around the world, and to reflect this, the International Summit of Cooperatives is running a Young Leaders Program. The project is open to co-operative leaders of 35 and under who wish to participate in the summit, held in Quebec on 6-9 October... Learn more
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Rural electric cooperatives are leaders in renewable energy. The grand opening of Iowa’s largest solar farm will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31. With the completion of this project, Farmers Electric Cooperative - one of the oldest cooperatives in the nation - is poised to be the country’s leading... Learn more
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Nearly 100 years after the U.S. Congress established Farm Credit www.farmcredit.com to serve as a reliable source of credit for the nation’s farmers and ranchers, the network of borrower-owned lending institutions and specialized service organizations remains a sound and vital resource for rural... Learn more
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Each year 285,000 people across the world die through financial difficulty, but co-operatives can help shift this with a focus on long-term investment to prevent economic shocks, which in turn will have a positive impact on people’s health. According to a recent study conducted by the World Health... Learn more
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Loan balances at credit unions are on pace to rise twice as fast as the average pace seen over the past two years. That’s according to CUNA Mutual Group’s July Credit Union Trends Report , which tracked data through May. What’s driving the surge in credit union lending? Steve Rick, the new chief... Learn more
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On Thursday, June 26th the New York City Council will vote to approve the city's annual budget, which contains a $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker cooperatives. This investment – the largest to date by a city government – represents an endorsement of worker cooperatives as a... Learn more
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Latinos who dream of becoming farm owners are forming co-ops and getting business training. Agua Gorda cooperative is in its early stages of growth. Its five members are part of a pilot program that’s preparing Latinos to learn the American way of farming, and perhaps position themselves to take... Learn more
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Spain’s agrifood cooperatives have weathered one of the most challenging economic periods in the country’s history, posting an 8 per cent increase in turnover in 2013. The sector saw turnover rise and created more jobs last year in spite of economic downturn Read more about the resiliency of Spain'... Learn more
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According to the newly released 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index ( http://www.theacsi.org ) survey, member-owners belonging to not-for-profit electric cooperatives are more satisfied with their utility than consumers served by either investor-owned utilities (IOUs) or municipal utilities. Learn more
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In the $400 billion business of retail electricity, where Internet giants are angling for customers, cooperatives must be more than just safe, affordable and reliable. They must flaunt the co-op difference. “Anybody can be safe, affordable and reliable—IOUs do it all day,” said Mike Williams, CEO... Learn more
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