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  • Continuing exchanges, Organic Valley hosts Cuban farmer at U.S. farming conference

    From left: Hamburg Hills Farm owner Tim Servais with Leidy Casimiro and Organic Valley’s Jim Wedeberg.

    From left: Hamburg Hills Farm owner Tim Servais with Leidy Casimiro and Organic Valley’s Jim Wedeberg.From left: Hamburg Hills Farm owner Tim Servais with Leidy Casimiro and Organic Valley’s Jim Wedeberg.Continuing exchanges between the U.S. and Cuban co-op sectors facilitated by NCBA CLUSA's U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group, Organic Valley hosted Agroecologist Leidy Casimiro at MOSES Organic Farming Conference—the U.S.’s largest organic farming conference held recently in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

    Over a week in late

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  • Why you should volunteer – especially if it’s your first time

    Women from Matam, Senegal learn to dehydrate fruits and vegetables.

    Women from Matam, Senegal learn to dehydrate fruits and vegetables. Women from Matam, Senegal learn to dehydrate fruits and vegetables.Nancy Scott had never volunteered for a Farmer-to-Farmer assignment before, but after encouragement from her supervisor at No More Empty Pots, a food hub in Omaha, Nebraska, she applied for a two-week position in Senegal—sharing her vast knowledge of preserving and processing vegetables with nearly 70 women.

    Representing 21 villages from the Jokkere Endan Federation, Scott unpacked the theory and history of food preservation and walked

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  • Register now to attend NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Membership Meeting—in person or virtually!

    If you’re an NCBA CLUSA member, April brings plenty of opportunities to participate: register for our Annual Membership Meeting, help us measure the co-op contribution to the inclusive economy and vote in the 2017 Board of Directors election.

    If you’re an NCBA CLUSA member, April brings plenty of opportunities to participate: register for our Annual Membership Meeting, help us measure the co-op contribution to the inclusive economy and vote in the 2017 Board of Directors election. If you’re an NCBA CLUSA member, April brings plenty of opportunities to participate: register for our Annual Membership Meeting, help us measure the co-op contribution to the inclusive economy and vote in the 2017 Board of Directors election.Are you an NCBA CLUSA member? If so, April is your chance to make your voice heard! ...

  • Still time to lock in early-bird registration for 2017 Consumer Cooperative Management Association Conference!

    CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."

    CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."CCMA 2017 is inspired by Minnesota’s state motto, L’etoile du Nord, or "Star of the North."Early-bird registration has been extended through April 24 for the 2017 Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference, scheduled for June 8 - 10 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Co-hosted by the Twin Cities area food co-ops and the University

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  • Add your cooperative to the 2017 World Co-operative Monitor

    world coop monitor 500 333 7c00dworld coop monitor 500 333 7c00dThe World Co-operative Monitor, published annually by the International Co-operative Alliance and its scientific partner Euricse, is a premier source of annual data on the size and scope of the cooperative economy. The Monitor helps raise the cooperative profile and impact with policymakers, industry professionals and the general public; and serves as an important tool for researchers worldwide. 

    At the core of the Monitor is a list of the 300 largest cooperatives in the world, as

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  • Don’t miss the first issue of the Cooperative Business Journal!

    The first issue of the Cooperative Business Journal comes out this week!

    The first issue of the Cooperative Business Journal comes out this week! The first issue of the Cooperative Business Journal comes out this week!Have you subscribed to NCBA CLUSA’s latest publication, the newly reimagined Cooperative Business Journal? Sign up today and get the Spring 2017 issue of this digital magazine delivered straight to your inbox.

    Our inaugural issue, published this week, highlights how people in marginalized communities use cooperatives to empower themselves, enrich their communities and strengthen the economy. Our feature article

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  • Mozambique to promote Conservation Agriculture in national strategy

    Government and non-profit representatives visit a PROMAC Conservation Agriculture demonstration plot.

    Government and non-profit representatives visit a PROMAC Conservation Agriculture demonstration plot.Government and non-profit representatives visit a PROMAC Conservation Agriculture demonstration plot.Bringing stakeholders working on development of the agricultural sector—including Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security—together with non-profit partners in late March, NCBA CLUSA, along with the Austrian Cooperation and the FAO, hosted a National Seminar on Conservation Agriculture in Mozambique to highlight the results of this farming technique.

    Visiting demonstration plots from NCBA CLUSA’s ...

  • To battle coffee rust losses, farm mechanization is making rehabilitation affordable for co-ops

    Introducing mechanized farm equipment has made planting and farm maintenance more efficient.

    Introducing mechanized farm equipment has made planting and farm maintenance more efficient.Introducing mechanized farm equipment has made planting and farm maintenance more efficient.Tucked into the slopes of the San Salvador volcano lies the Jabali Cooperative, a sprawling coffee farm known for its Fairtrade-certified coffee. Established in 1980, this 121-member cooperative has been producing high-altitude, organic coffee in El Salvador for generations.

    When coffee rust began affecting the crop in 2011 and 2012, nobody could have predicted that the plague would destroy the entire farm in a matter of two

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  • Submit your Cooperative Hall of Fame ads by Friday, April 14

    Tickets to attend this year’s Cooperative Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony are still available!

    Tickets to attend this year’s Cooperative Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony are still available! Tickets to attend this year’s Cooperative Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony are still available!Friday, April 14 is the last day to submit your recognition of one or more of this year’s Cooperative Hall of Fame inductees: Rita L. Haynes, John D. Johnson, Richard Larochelle and John & Carol Zippert.

    Let the inductee(s) know you appreciate their commitment to cooperatives by placing a congratulatory message or adding your name

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  • NCBA CLUSA purchasing sector members to present at Accelerate 2017

    Accelerate 2017 is a complement to the purchasing co-op track at NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op IMPACT Conference in October.

    Accelerate 2017 is a complement to the purchasing co-op track at NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op IMPACT Conference in October.Accelerate 2017 is a complement to the purchasing co-op track at NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op IMPACT Conference in October.With the arrival of NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference this fall, U.S. cooperatives from all sectors will convene in the nation’s capital for three days of immersive learning, networking and discussion around the economic impact cooperatives have on communities. 

    One of the key stakeholders joining the IMPACT Conference to examine this

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  • “Prepare for IMPACT” webinar series launches with pivotal advocacy discussion

    The first “Prepare for IMPACT” webinar will explore current cooperative priorities on Capitol Hill.

    The first “Prepare for IMPACT” webinar will explore current cooperative priorities on Capitol Hill.The first “Prepare for IMPACT” webinar will explore current cooperative priorities on Capitol Hill.Leading up to the 2017 Co-op IMPACT Conference in October, NCBA CLUSA is hosting an exclusive webinar series exploring key issues that currently shape the economic impact of cooperatives nationwide.

    Called “Prepare for IMPACT,” the series begins Tuesday, April 18, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, and features NCBA

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  • Reminder: Take this survey and help shape NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Annual Membership Meeting

    This survey is your opportunity to help define how cooperatives can build a better world.

    This survey is your opportunity to help define how cooperatives can build a better world.This survey is your opportunity to help define how cooperatives can build a better world.NCBA CLUSA's Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall is only a month away, and we're looking forward to a productive and inspiring afternoon with our members—in person and virtually, for the first time ever! To help form the basis for discussion, we're asking members to ...

  • Malagasy cooperatives to play a new role in agriculture and rural development

    Co-op leaders from across Madagascar participate in the Cooperative Leadership Event earlier this year.

    Co-op leaders from across Madagascar participate in the Cooperative Leadership Event earlier this year.Co-op leaders from across Madagascar participate in the Cooperative Leadership Event earlier this year.After the successful Cooperative Leadership Forum held in Antananarivo this February, cooperatives in Madagascar are gearing up to make a big impact on the economy.

    Breaking away from old ideas about co-ops, training on market-oriented “new generation” cooperatives is reviving the agriculture sector.

    “Most of the cooperatives in Madagascar, as well as in other African countries, were originally led by

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  • The Fifth Principle in Philly: Education, Training and Information

    Research by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard (center) is the inspiration for a new effort in Philadelphia to make education an intrinsic part of co-op formation. [photo: PACA]

    Research by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard (center) is the inspiration for a new effort in Philadelphia to make education an intrinsic part of co-op formation. [photo: PACA]Research by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard (center) is the inspiration for a new effort in Philadelphia to make education an intrinsic part of co-op formation. [photo: PACA]Cooperatives work when people are deliberate about learning the cooperative principles, study the recipe for co-op businesses success, and spend time thinking about how their co-op can meet a community or business need.

    The Philadelphia Area

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  • In Memory: Adams was "giant" of the worker cooperative movement

    [photo: U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives]

    [photo: U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives][photo: U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives]Frank Adams, a visionary educator and veteran of the worker cooperative movement, passed away March 16, 2017. A founding board member of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, Adams spent his career changing the nature of work and expanding the power of ownership. NCBA CLUSA is deeply saddened by this loss. What follows is a reflection on Adams' legacy written by Rebecca Bauen, Senior Program Director at the Democracy at Work

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  • Panelists explore engagement opportunities at launch of U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group's 2017 Report

    Moderated by Alan Knapp (right), Vice President of Advocacy for NCBA CLUSA, last week’s panel included Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Michael Hatley, Andrew Fishbein and Luis Dueñas Casal.

    Moderated by Alan Knapp (right), Vice President of Advocacy for NCBA CLUSA, last week’s panel included Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Michael Hatley, Andrew Fishbein and Luis Dueñas Casal. Moderated by Alan Knapp (right), Vice President of Advocacy for NCBA CLUSA, last week’s panel included Amy Coughenour Betancourt, Michael Hatley, Andrew Fishbein and Luis Dueñas Casal.At the March 23 launch of the U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group’s 2017 Report, Cuban and American cooperative experts discussed opportunities to continue building a vibrant, sustainable cooperative ecosystem in Cuba, despite the uncertain nature of the two

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  • To bring USDA Millet project to scale, community-led strategies are key

    Aissatou Ndiaye speaks at the CRD meeting in Fatick.

    Aissatou Ndiaye speaks at the CRD meeting in Fatick.Aissatou Ndiaye speaks at the CRD meeting in Fatick.To engage citizens and community members in regional government meetings, NCBA CLUSA—in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture—is bringing the needs of millet processors, input suppliers and millet farmers like Aissatou Ndiaye to the forefront of regional development.

    Ndiaye, a 56-year-old millet processor and mother of eight, recently attended a meeting of the Regional Development Committee in Senegal to bring her unique perspective on engaging millet farmers and processors as part of NCBA CLUSA’s

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  • Cooperative Hall of Fame spotlight: John & Carol Zippert

    Cooperative activists John & Carol Zippert will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 3, 2017, when they are inducted to the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

    Cooperative activists John & Carol Zippert will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 3, 2017, when they are inducted to the Cooperative Hall of Fame.Cooperative activists John & Carol Zippert will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 3, 2017, when they are inducted to the Cooperative Hall of Fame.In 1967, a young couple in St. Landry's Parrish won a milestone lawsuit to become the first interracial couple married in Louisiana. He was in town to register minority voters and integrate businesses following the passage of the Voters Rights Act of 1965. She had earned a coveted spot

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  • Credit unions celebrate milestone donation of $8 million to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

    The annual Cherry Blossom Run benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an alliance of hospitals in the U.S. helping 10 million critically ill children annually—regardless of their families' ability to pay.

    The annual Cherry Blossom Run benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an alliance of hospitals in the U.S. helping 10 million critically ill children annually—regardless of their families' ability to pay.The annual Cherry Blossom Run benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an alliance of hospitals in the U.S. helping 10 million critically ill children annually—regardless of their families' ability to pay.A collaboration of more than 100 credit unions and business partners is celebrating $8 million in donations to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals under the umbrella of Credit Unions for Kids

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  • Join us Thursday for the launch of the U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group 2017 Report

    NCBA CLUSA members and supporters are invited to attend the March 23 launch of the U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group’s 2017 report.

    NCBA CLUSA members and supporters are invited to attend the March 23 launch of the U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group’s 2017 report. NCBA CLUSA members and supporters are invited to attend the March 23 launch of the U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group’s 2017 report.The last two years have marked the most dramatic shift in U.S.-Cuban bilateral relations in 55 years. Today, the two countries are poised to adapt to new dynamics, with a potential pivot under the new administration. 

    On Thursday, March 23, the U.S.-Cuba Cooperative Working Group will launch its 2017 report highlighting

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