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Meet the Candidates Running for Election to the 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors

Online elections for the 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors will open August 4 and run through August 29. All NCBA CLUSA members in good standing are invited to cast their votes.  Please email Director of Member Relations Thomas Bowen to receive VoteNet login credentials. 

The NCBA CLUSA Board brings consistent focus to the organization's long-term impact, results, purpose, and future opportunities to serve the needs of members. Board members exercise proactive leadership in policy development, collective decision-making after encouraging a diversity of viewpoints, and adhere to the highest standard of ethical conduct in all aspects of governance and leadership of NCBA CLUSA.

Candidates include: Joseph G. Bergeron, Cornelius Blanding, Linda Brockway, Carla Decker, Charles Forman, Esteban Kelly, Maria Miller, Dave Swanson, Ed Yaker and Karen Zimbelman. 

Board election results are announced at NCBA CLUSA's Annual Business Meeting, held this year at the Annual Cooperatives Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota in September. 

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NCBA TALKS 2014

NCBA TALKS 2014

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  THUMB 01 Cuba Cooperative Working Group researches co-op movement in country

NCBA CLUSA led a research and education trip to Cuba last week to gain a clearer picture of the cooperative movement there, which observers say is playing an increasingly significant role in the country’s push for economic reform.

The Cuba Cooperative Working Group, comprised of more than a dozen representatives from the agriculture, finance, housing, energy, worker and purchasing sectors, conducted site visits, met with local partners and performed an initial needs assessment.

The educational research trip was approved by the U.S. State Department.

“Over the last several years, the Cuban government has been evolving state-owned farms and business enterprises into cooperatives,” said Mike Beall, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. "This evolution is the subject of our research," he added. 

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  THUMB 01 How a fishermen’s co-op lives the 7 Cooperative Principles

NCBA CLUSA member Seafood Producers Cooperative (SPC) is the oldest fishermen's cooperative in North America. Their fishermen are dedicated to sustainably harvested seafood, and donate their time to ocean cleanup efforts with the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation's Marine Debris Cleanup project. SPC Premium Seafood Brands wrote this thought leadership article on how their co-op lives the 7 Cooperative Principles: 

When you buy from a fishermen’s cooperative, you buy your fish from a fisherman. Your fish goes from the ocean to your plate in the most direct path possible. We, the fishermen, are the owners of the cooperative and take great pride in getting the best quality fish to our customers. 

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  THUMB 01 Webinar: How to prepare for a worry-free audit, by Wegner CPAs

Wegner CPAs Partner Pete Oettinger, CPA remembers the moment that turned a spotlight on the need for dedicated financial services for cooperatives.

His accounting firm had acquired a new co-op client just in time to prep them for an IRS audit. Oettinger and his colleagues discovered that a prior accountant didn’t know how to classify a co-op and had bungled the return, filling out a form designated for a church and classifying a multi-million-dollar parsonage payout as a “parsonage allowance ” instead of a patronage deduction.

You can guess the rest of the story—the unwitting co-op got a visit from a posse of IRS agents brandishing guns and demanding to see the so-called church and “the priest who was getting $30 million tax free!”

“For us, it just reinforced the fact that co-ops need to work with folks who understand them, bottom-line,” Oettinger says.
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  THUMB 01 High marks for electric co-ops in J. D. Power study

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association this week reported that a dozen electric co-ops in the U.S. are outperforming the national average when it comes to price, reliability and customer service. ECT Staff Writer Michael W. Kahn wrote this press release:  

A new J.D. Power study gives a dozen electric cooperatives above-average scores.

More than 104,000 residential consumers served by 138 electric utilities nationwide responded to the 2014 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. It asked about several factors, including price, reliability and customer service.

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  THUMB 01 NCGA and partners raise more than $50,000 for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

As U.S. consumption of organic food grows, so does the demand for a new crop of young farmers committed to sustainable agriculture. Through a recent donation to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, the National Cooperative Grocers Association is helping to support the next generation of organic farmers:

National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and more than 30 partners are proud to announce a donation of $50,437 to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund.

A collaborative program of the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is committed to teaching and promoting organic farming among new and upcoming farmers. 

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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
Legislative & Advocacy Update
2014-Aug-01 12:00 pm - to - 2014-Jul-29 01:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Planning for a Worry-Free Audit
2014-Aug-20 02:00 pm - to - 2014-Jul-29 03:00 pm
 
 
 
 
Latest Web Trends for Planning a Re-Design
2014-Aug-28 02:00 pm - to - 2014-Jul-29 03:00 pm
 
 
 
 
2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-08 10:00 am - to - 2014-Sep-10 12:30 pm
 
 
 
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About NCBA CLUSA
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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