• 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.

  • Top 100 Co-ops Produce Revenues of $234.5 Billion Reports NCB

    100 105aa100 105aaThe National Cooperative Bank (NCB) recently released its annual NCB Co-op 100, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. In 2013, these businesses posted revenue totaling approximately $234.5 billion, a 3.6% increase from 2012. The NCB Co-op 100 remains the only annual report of its kind to track the profits and successes of cooperative businesses in the United States.  

  • One year later, NRECA remembers and reports on Typhoon Haiyan’s Aftermath

    131110 PHOTO HaiyanTyphoon 3.jpg.CROP.original-original 56d52131110 PHOTO HaiyanTyphoon 3.jpg.CROP.original-original 56d52On Novemebr 8, 2013, typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines causing millions of dollars in damage and displacing hundreds of thousands of people.  NCBA CLUSA member The National Rural Electic Cooperative Association (NRECA) published the following story recalling the tragedy and highlighting the ongoing recovery efforts.  Reporter Zuraidah Hoffman from RE Magazine filed this story.

  • Midwest Is Home to More Co-ops on USDA's List of Top 100 Ag Co-ops

    usda-guaranteed-loans a64b9usda-guaranteed-loans a64b9On the heals of Co-op Month,Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA’s annual release of the Nation’s Top 100 Agricultural Cooperatives.

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  • For Linda Phillips, NCBA CLUSA's upcoming Co-op Professionals Conference will provide unparalleled collaborative opportunities

    linda-phillips-web 2b8fclinda-phillips-web 2b8fcLinda D. Phillips, Esq., an attorney at Denver, Colorado-based Phillips Law Offices LLC, provides counsel for the cooperative community related to their business enterprises. She advises clients on types of business entities and tax issues involved in starting a company. She also assists companies transferring ownership to their employees. Phillips is part of a team of distinguished legal experts working with NCBA CLUSA to organize a brand-new platform for professional collaboration within the cooperative

  • USDA Webinar: The role of cooperatives in local food systems development

    ag-farm-500 934f2ag-farm-500 934f2In celebration of Co-op Month, NCBA CLUSA is pleased to invite its members to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), national cooperative leaders and development specialists for an engaging webinar on how cooperatives have benefited food supply chains and played a critical role in developing local and regional food systems.

    Andrew Jermolowicz, Associate Deputy Administrator of Co-op Programs at USDA Rural Development, will moderate the discussion, scheduled for October 30, 2014, at 1 p.m.

  • Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces funding to strengthen rural businesses and cooperatives

    USDA-rural-development-web22 8c4adUSDA-rural-development-web22 8c4adAn October 24 announcement by the USDA reflects the advocacy efforts of NCBA CLUSA and its partners to preserve funding for the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program, which boosts economic development in rural communities nationwide:  

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 43 organizations in 27 states for grants and loans to help create jobs and boost economic

  • Tackling economic inequality in the U.S. through worker co-ops

    worker-coop-500 af335worker-coop-500 af335In June, the New York City Council voted to approve a historic $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker co-ops as a way for low-income and minority New Yorkers to become business owners. Co-operative News reporter Anca Voinea explores the impact of worker co-ops in economic inequality in 

  • Webinar: “Trends in the Retirement Plan Industry–Multiple Employer Plans,” featuring Pentegra

    Pentegra Logo 4C 4e2bcPentegra Logo 4C 4e2bcThe National Cooperative Business Association's November 18 webinar, "Trends in the Retirement Plan Industry–Multiple Employer Plans," featuring NCBA CLUSA Associate Member Pentegra, will walk attendees through the key advantages of multiple employer plans (MEPs), which cover employers that are not commonly owned and provide greater benefit security by pooling risk. 

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  • CUNA applauds Obama's executive order for greater data security

    cuna logo1 ae237cuna logo1 ae237The Credit Union National Association is actively engaged with payment networks, financial institutions, retailers and manufacturers to achieve greater data security by 2015. An executive order signed by President Barack Obama on October 17 called, "Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions," augments these efforts, CUNA said in a



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