• USDA honors North Carolina co-ops for job creation efforts

    NC-coop-award-web2 d2f35NC-coop-award-web2 d2f35The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently bestowed its top honor for enhancing economic vitality to an electric co-op in North Carolina. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association published this press release

    Three years ago, Eddie Miller of North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. and David Thigpen of the U.S. Department of Agriculture started making field trips to electric cooperatives to try to drum up

  • Navy Federal Credit Union debuts Apple Pay

    apple pay-web 454baapple pay-web 454baNavy Federal Credit Union is among the first wave of organizations to adopt Apple Pay, Apple Computer's new mobile retail-payment system. With more than 500 million members nationwide, Navy Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in the United States. Credit Union Times published this report: 

    The $62 billion Navy Federal Credit Union announced its support for Apple Computer's new Apple Pay mobile retail payment system on November 3.

    “We’re excited to make this new service

  • B Lab seeking inaugural class of B Corps Fellows

    b-corp-web 6aa9aB Labb-corp-web 6aa9a, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving a global movement of entrepreneurs who are using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, is seeking candidates for its inaugural class of B Corps Fellows. The organization sent this announcement: 

    Do you know someone with a passion for using business as a force for good? Invite them to join the B Corps Fellows program—the first national service program for the impact economy.

    As B Corps

  • Five cooperatives and Indiana Cooperative Development Center receive Howard Bowers Fund grants

    HowardBowersFund 3b522HowardBowersFund 3b522The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) recently approved $17,250 in Howard Bowers Fund grants to support training for cooperative boards, management, and staff. Grants were made to the following organizations:

    Placerville Natural Foods Cooperative of Placerville, California, received $3,000 for its board and general manager to participate in the year-long CDS Consulting Cooperative's Cooperative Board Leadership Development program.


  • USDA Efficiency Program kicks off with two co-ops

    nreca-logo-web 5b56dnreca-logo-web 5b56dA new partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and two electric cooperatives is expected to promote rural economic growth while preserving the environment and saving customers money. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association published this press release

    It’s been two years in the making, and now a pair of electric cooperatives has kicked off a federal program designed to help rural residents save energy and reduce

  • National Cooperative Grocers Association unpacks USDA "Certified Organic" label

    organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2As you shop for Thanksgiving dinner this week, chances are you'll choose at least some foods labeled "organic," but do you know what motivates your decision? Earlier this month, the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) released this primer on the USDA Certified Organic label—what the designation really means, and why it should matter to consumers: 

    When it comes to food labels, the USDA Certified Organic seal is the gold standard and indicates so much more than just “pesticide-free food.” The label

  • Farmer-owned Pachamama Coffee Invests to Increase Return for Members

    NCBA CLUSA member Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, a farmer-owned, farmer-governed cooperative with a U.S. base in Sacramento, is hoping to further integrate its operations by adding the ability to roast coffee beans in house.

    The roaster, which would occupy Pachamama’s midtown Sacramento gallery and factory store, would benefit CoffeeCSA, Pachamama’s community-supported-agriculture-model business that allows a direct connection between U.S. consumers and Pachamama’s owner cooperatives in Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Ethiopia.

  • Make Your Customers Crave Your Brand

    Think about the brands that are most important in your life…the ones you can’t live without.

    • • What triggered your loyalty?
    • • What does this brand represent to you?
    • • Why do you feel stronger about these brands?
    Now ask yourself, “Do your customers feel the same way about your brand?” If not, why?

    I’m willing to bet that those brands you crave on a daily basis have one thing in common: They have harnessed the power of stories to connect with their customers on an emotional level. They have moved beyond pure, hard facts in their marketing messages.

  • From “Co-op to Table,” fresh online groceries for the holiday season

    Adapted from a story that originally appeared in the September/October issue of Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture's magazine Passages.

    On Wednesday, November 26, the newly formed Friends and Farmers Co-op from State College, Pennsylvania, will open the virtual doors to its Online Market, bringing locally grown food to a wide pool of central Pennsylvania customers through convenient online ordering and one-stop pick-up as the holiday season goes into full swing.

  • NCBA CLUSA highlights work with women’s co-ops, gender empowerment at women’s economic opportunity summit

    The forum “Out of Extreme Poverty: Women Leading the Way,” held on November 13 in Washington, DC, brought together 80 participants from the international development community. Participating organizations included the U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and International Finance Corporation, as well as numerous international development NGOs, private-sector companies, foundations, think tanks, and consultants. Women Thrive partners from Ghana, Nicaragua, and Zimbabwe also joined the conversation to share successful examples and challenges from their work in the field.

  • November Launch of NCBA CLUSA Coffee Stabilization Project in El Salvador

    coffee 10369coffee 10369NCBA CLUSA and its funding partner, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will co-host the November 14 launch of a monetization project in El Salvador, the proceeds of which will restore coffee crops and stabilize coffee production in the Latin American country. Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts (D) is expected to attend the ceremony.

    NCBA CLUSA and its partner will monetize 20,000 metric tons of hard red winter wheat and 8,725

  • NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural legal and accounting conference hits the mark

    quick edit-0204 d9581quick edit-0204 d9581NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural Cooperative Professionals Conference, held November 6-8 at The Curtis Hotel in Denver, was a resounding success, and plans are already underway for next year’s conference. This three-day program was the first of its kind in the cooperative sector, addressing the many legal and accounting issues facing the co-op community in the United States. The State of Colorado approved the conference for seven Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

    NCBA CLUSA Signs Constitution Launching New Agricultural Network of Cooperatives in the Americas

    III Summit Logo 69120III Summit Logo 69120On November 4 in Cartagena, Colombia, at the III Summit of Cooperatives in the Americas, NCBA CLUSA and five leading cooperative groups formally launched a new cooperative hemispheric agricultural network to address regional agricultural growth that is sustainable, equitable, and inclusive.

    The other regional groups included the Cooperative Confederation of Argentina (Cooperar); Uruguay’s Federated Agricultural Cooperatives (CAF); Federation of Production Cooperatives of Paraguay (FECOPROD); Organization of Cooperatives of Brazil (OCB); and Cooperatives of the

  • A Glimpse into the Future of Cooperators – The 2014 NASCO Institute

    More than 350 participants converged on Ann Arbor, Michigan, November 7-9 for The North American Students of Cooperation’s (NASCO) 37th Annual Cooperative Education and Training Institute. The event was held at the University of Michigan’s Student Union. Participants were tasked with sharing ideas, learning new skills, and looking at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide.

    nasco logo bw1 2191dnasco logo bw1 2191dNCBA CLUSA Director of Member Relations Thomas Bowen led a session on the work of NCBA CLUSA, both domestically and internationally, and the importance of a trade association representing the many

  • NCBA CLUSA Takes Leadership Role at the III Summit of Cooperatives of the Americas

    III Summit Logo 69120III Summit Logo 69120More than 1,500 cooperators representing 30 countries from the Americas region and Europe joined together November 2-7 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, to advance and strengthen the region’s cooperative sector.

    The Summit takes place every two years to engage around common issues the leaders representing the region’s 250 million cooperators from every sector. This year’s Summit theme, "Integration that Generates Social Change," focused on integration among cooperatives and the strengthening of ties with other stakeholders toward social change in the Americas.

  • Crossroads Co-op Summit highlights membership and engagement

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    On November 7, nearly 70 cooperators came together to network and share ideas at the 2014 Crossroads Cooperative Summit held at the Indiana Farm Bureau in Indianapolis, Indiana, cohosted by the Indiana Cooperative Development Center and the Illinois Cooperative Development Center. 

    This one-day summit drew attendees from electric, purchasing, worker, housing, credit union, and agricultural co-ops from across the state of Indiana and Illinois. This year's theme, "Participate: Own, Use, Serve & Belong," focused on the importance of an active and

  • NCBA CLUSA Promotes Equity Strategies for Cooperatives as Part of Hemispheric Meeting on Gender

    EquitySummit 42988EquitySummit 42988NCBA CLUSA Chief Operating Officer Amy Coughenour Betancourt spoke on a panel during the 10th Continental Meeting on Gender Equity, along with colleagues from Colombia, Sweden, and Argentina. "Even though there are universal issues around gender equality in cooperatives and development, we need to employ specific strategies in specific contexts," said Coughenour on the panel. "What works in the U.S. to increase the participation of women on cooperative boards is going to be very different from the strategies needed in Latin American or African contexts."

  • Harvest Land Co-op Partners to Benefit Injured American Soldiers

    HarvestLand 2c4edHarvestLand 2c4edThe Harvest Land Co-op, an agricultural cooperative based in Richmond, Indiana, has teamed up with Wounded Warriors In Action on its Delivering Honor program, directly benefitting local soldiers.Harvest Land has committed to donating three cents per gallon of propane sold, up to $25,000.This co-op is owned and controlled by approximately 5,000 members who are local farmers producing or marketing farm products. The Rushville Republican filed this story on November 10, 2014:

  • Mid-term election brings positive outcome for Credit Union-friendly candidates

    vote checkbox and pe 450 10a04vote checkbox and pe 450 10a04As the 2014 Election season draws to a close, NCBA CLUSA member the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is reporting that the results are proving to be positive for credit union-friendly candidates. CUNA staff writers filed this story on November 5.

  • Cooperatives as a “Beacon of Light” reports the Financial Times Adviser (UK)

    FT-Logo list 62b0aFT-Logo list 62b0aThis excerpt comes from the Financial Times story filed by reporter Philippe de Montigny. In the article NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall provided insight into cooperative governance and the positive turn the cooperative economy has taken after the 2008 financial crisis.


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