NCBA CLUSA’s advocacy work advances, promotes and defends the cooperative business model, creating a positive and enabling environment in which cooperatives can thrive and individuals’ economic freedoms and choices are protected. Our efforts to communicate the interests of co-ops at the federal level depend on your participation.
Here are some ways you can get involved right now.
- Learn about the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. Administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development/Rural Business – Cooperative Services Program, RCDG aims to improve the economic condition of rural America by assisting in the startup, expansion and operational improvement of rural cooperatives. NCBA CLUSA is requesting at least $26,850,000 in RCDG funding for fiscal year 2018. Read the fact sheet here. NCBA CLUSA's President and CEO Judy Ziewacz has submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, rejecting calls for the elimination of discretionary programs administered by USDA's Rural Business – Cooperative Services and urging the Trump Administration to "provide the necessary federal investment needed to help create, sustain and inspire vibrant rural communities." Read the testimony here.
- The bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus is dedicated to promoting the cooperative business model as a viable market solution and policy option that can help solve today’s pressing public policy challenges. If your U.S. Senator or Representative is not yet a member, please write your senator here or your representative here and ask them to join. You may copy this sample letter and adapt and personalize it as necessary.
- Providing an overview of current issues critical to cooperatives—from tax reform to small business lending—our Policymakers Guide is a great resource to share with your Congress member. Download it here.
- Planning to visit your Congressional or state representative and make the case for cooperative enterprise? Our advocacy state one-pagers give you an overview of the cooperative movement in your lawmaker’s respective state, including co-ops at a glance, top co-ops by sector and a story highlighting cooperative impact in each state. Download and print them now to help supplement your advocacy pitch—they make great leave-behinds during visits!