Co-ops integral to Administration's infrastructure plan, but RCDG funding must be preserved

The Administration’s infrastructure plan could create opportunities for co-op sector engagement, especially in spurring rural development. [photo courtesy Bloomberg]

The nation’s cooperative businesses are poised to be an integral part of achieving a 10-year infrastructure plan released by the White House yesterday, but a concurrent proposal to gut the only federal program dedicated to advancing the impact of cooperative businesses nationwide jeopardizes that potential.

White House FY19 budget proposes cuts to critical foreign assistance programs

U.S. government funding includes funding for cooperative development. Here, cooperative managers attend a training in Malawi.

NCBA CLUSA is joining its international nonprofit partners to call for no less than $59.1 billion to maintain U.S. leadership on foreign assistance.

NCBA CLUSA joins call for continued support of USDA humanitarian, development funds

The first seed is planted at Las Lajas Co-op in El Salvador. With support from USDA Food for Progress funding through NCBA CLUSA’s Coffee Rehabilitation Project, Las Lajas Co-op has set up a coffee seedling nursery, transitioned to organic and survive one of the region’s worst coffee rust crises.

In a letter last week to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, NCBA CLUSA President and CEO Doug O’Brien joined 35 business and nonprofit groups calling for support for Food for Progress and other USDA development funding.

Tax changes need to maintain cooperatives’ competitive edge, letter says

Part of the current tax overhaul would roll back a tax break that benefits America’s farmers and the broader rural economy to the tune of $2 billion annually. [photo courtesy NCFC]

As the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved changes to the tax code last week and the Senate considers the measure, the cooperative community is monitoring how the tax overhaul could affect member-owners of the nation’s 40,000 cooperative businesses. The legislation includes cuts to corporate taxes and changes the way other income and expenses are treated.

Letter urges lawmakers to consider co-op priorities in 2018 Farm Bill

The Farm Bill governs programs under the joint jurisdiction of the House Committee on Agriculture and the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

NCBA CLUSA this week submitted a letter to the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture, urging lawmakers to preserve programs that benefit cooperative enterprise as they begin consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill.


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