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Local businesses agree — keep it co-op

Local businesses agree — keep it co-op

By Kim Currie

This piece was originally published in The Sante Fe New Mexican.

How can I make a difference in my community? For many people, giving back means reinvesting in the people and the community that helped shape the person you are today. Surprisingly, there are simple steps that we can take to bring about real change in New Mexico. 

If you buy groceries, pay for electricity, bank at a credit union or even send your kids to preschool, chances are you're already impacting change at the local level by being a member of a co-op...

Using technology to feed our community

Using technology to feed our community

By Stacey Budd, Friends & Farmers Cooperative Outreach Coordinator
This piece was orignially published in the Centre Daily Times

Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing conversation around our modern food system and the implementation of sustainable alternatives. How do the products on your dinner plate get there? What processing and packaging take place?

As one of more than 100 startup food cooperatives across the country, Friends & Farmers took its vision of a brick-and-mortar store showcasing our small family farms and created an online market as a stepping-stone, while simultaneously raising startup capital through new-member equity investments. As a clicks-to-bricks model, Friends & Farmers online market is another way to help our community access fresh local goods while putting money back into the community economy.

Planet Forward Salon: Can urban ag help us feed 9 billion people?

Planet Forward Salon: Can urban ag help us feed 9 billion people?

By Mike Hower, Senior Writer, Planet Forward
This piece was originally published on Planet Forward.

Moderated by Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs and Planet Forward founder Frank Sesno, this informal, interactive roundtable discussion hosted by Planet Forward Salon concluded that collaboration, education and engagement are key to bringing about a more sustainable urban food system capable of helping to feed the 9 billion people projected be on the planet by 2050.

Co-ops remain sturdy businesses

Co-ops remain sturdy businesses

By Keith Talor, Indiana Co-op Development Center Board Member

This op-ed was originally published in The News-Gazette.

You can argue that the economy has largely bounced back from the state it was in seven years ago, but it's no secret that traditional community economic development models have stalled and often fail. But one approach to community economic development is rapidly gaining attention: cooperative business development.

Black lands matter

Black lands matter

By Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

As we pay respect this month to the history of black America, we should also recognize the contributions made by the cooperative movement during the battle for civil rights. Historically, cooperatives have operated as vehicles for people to unify and lift themselves up above any challenge they face. In African-American communities in the South, cooperatives were born out of necessity. 

Cooperation key to reviving historic Marks, Mississippi

Cooperation key to reviving historic Marks, Mississippi

By Helen Godfrey-Smith, President and CEO of Shreveport Federal Credit Union

Between the new co-op market and the addition of Amtrak's latest flag stop, Marks, Mississippi has the potential to dig itself out of poverty and flourish as a stronger more self-sufficient community.

Co-op political pressure body launches in the US

Co-op political pressure body launches in the US

By Anca Voinea, Co-operative News

USA’s National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) marked its 100th anniversary in January with the formal launch of the bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus. The caucus was formed to promote the co-operative business model as a viable market solution and policy option and inform policymakers about the co-operative alternative. The group will work as a forum for dialogue between Congress, the Administration, state and local leaders and enterprises that promote co-operative businesses.

NCBA CLUSA press conference demonstrates impact of cooperative sector

NCBA CLUSA press conference demonstrates impact of cooperative sector

Last week’s press conference, which kicked off NCBA CLUSA’s 100th anniversary and marked the launch of the newly-formed bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus, was a key opportunity to demonstrate the economic and social impact of the cooperative sector to lawmakers and journalists.

NCBA CLUSA launches bipartisan Congressional Co-op Business Caucus

NCBA CLUSA launches bipartisan Congressional Co-op Business Caucus

NCBA CLUSA kicked off its 100th Anniversary at the National Press Club yesterday with the formal launch of the newly-formed bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus and testimonies from a broad spectrum of co-op advocates ranging from top co-op executives to an Organic Valley farmer leading the “Generation Organic” revolution among new family farmers in the U.S.