Plenary Session: State of the Co-op Economy

Sponsored by National Cooperative Bank
Council of Cooperative Economists sponsored by CoBank

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IMPACT 2017 will open with a keynote presentation and a panel discussion featuring members of NCBA CLUSA’s Council of Cooperative Economists. They’ll explore the geography of co-ops and their collective economic impact nationwide.

Our panel will also consider how key cooperative sectors influence the economy and society, including credit unions, which are owned by and benefit more than 100 million Americans; rural electric cooperatives that provide power to 18 million homes, schools and businesses; agriculture co-ops that account for 80 percent of milk production in the U.S.; and the emerging worker co-op sector—already generating more than $500 million in annual revenue.


Brent Hueth
Associate Professor of Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jordan van Rijn
Senior Economist, Credit Union National Association 

Camille Kerr
Associate Director, The ICA Group

Sonja Novkovic
Academic Director, Cooperative Management Education Program, Saint Mary's University 

Russel Tucker
Chief Economist, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association  

Terry Barr
Senior Director, Knowledge Exchange Division, CoBank

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