• F2F spotlight: Meet our September 2014 volunteers!

    ValerieJarvis-web 9d6fbValerieJarvis-web 9d6fb[Valerie Jarvis]September is another busy month for NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) programs in El Salvador and Senegal. Here are our volunteers:

    Valerie Jarvis is a mother of ten and a woman of many talents. She is skilled in animal husbandry, livestock nutrition, cheese-making and business development. Valerie started a business

  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge sweeps co-op nation

    ALS-challenge 2fee9ALS-challenge 2fee9[Taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at Dawson Public Power in Lexington, Nebraska.]Representing the interests of more than 900 electric cooperatives across the U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association provides retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states. ECT Staff Writer Michael W. Kahn

  • Fairtrade products witness a 15% growth in the market

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  • Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer spotlights: Senegal and El Salvador

    August has been a busy month for NCBA CLUSA’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) programs in Senegal and El Salvador. Funded by USAID, the F2F Program's goal is to generate rapid, sustainable and broad-based food security and economic growth in the agricultural sector. A secondary goal is to increase the American public’s understanding of international development issues and programs. To achieve these goals, F2F programs design volunteer assignments and scopes of work that maximize opportunities for volunteers to work and interact with rural communities in the host countries.

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  • ROI everywhere as exhibitors bring learning opportunities to Minneapolis conferences

    PCC logo - 2014 88337PCC logo - 2014 88337The 2014 Purchasing Cooperatives and Annual Cooperatives Conferences, to be held jointly at the Depot Renaissance Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 8 to 11, will feature a unique mix of sessions, attendees and conversations as NCBA CLUSA works on “Building a Cooperative Future” across the various sectors through education, convening and networking opportunities.

    Attendees will find a Return on Investment in everything that they will experience, with exhibitors playing an integral role. 

    On September 9, during the

  • How America's largest worker-owned co-op lifts people out of poverty

    zaida-yesmag 9db6czaida-yesmag 9db6cZaida Ramos, employed at Cooperative Home Care Associates, with her son in their East Harlem, N.Y., neighborhood. [photo: Stephanie Keith]In a move recognizing the role of co-ops to create quality jobs and spur economic growth, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council in June

  • Payment processing provider TransFirst finding new business with co-op/purchasing groups

    TransFirst-logo-web 81834TransFirst-logo-web 81834Based in New York, TransFirst is one of the nation’s largest providers of secure payment processing with more than 1,300 distribution partners, processing over $48 billion for 200,000 merchants in 2013.

    TransFirst recently entered the co-op/purchasing group sector and is currently engaged in learning what services best resonate with the industry. 

    “By leveraging existing technology and focusing on providing high-quality and trusted solutions, TransFirst is able to provide its partners

  • A new day for El Salvador cashew co-op, thanks to cooperation among cooperatives

    alex-phyllis 3df80alex-phyllis 3df80[photos courtesy Equal Exchange]Equal Exchange, a leading importer of organic, Fair Trade products and one of America's largest and fastest-growing worker co-ops, sent this story about its relationship with Aprainores, a cashew co-op in El Salvador currently hosting NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer and business consultant Mel Farmer. By supporting Aprainores'

  • Preparing Your Cooperative for a Worry-Free Audit

    wegner-CPAs ebfe6wegner-CPAs ebfe6With more than 65 years of combined knowledge and experience working in the cooperative sector, NCBA CLUSA associate member Wegner CPAs offers audits, reviews and temporary CFO and controller services. Ahead of the accounting firm's August 20 webinar, CPA and partner Pete Oettinger sent this thought leadership piece: 

    So the “love letter”

  • Cooperatives Acting as Agents for Peace Worldwide

    Sri-lanka-dairy-web 2ce11Sri-lanka-dairy-web 2ce11Cooperative dairy farmers increase production in Sri Lanka. In conflict zones worldwide, co-ops are providing solutions to contributing issues such as income inequality, workplace insecurity, community disruption and food security. [photo courtesy Co-operative News]Cooperative Principal 7, Concern for Community, summarizes how co-ops help bring sustainable

  • Electric Co-ops' Scholarship Fund Helps Struggling Coal Miners Retool

    chris-smith-lineman c1de9chris-smith-lineman c1de9A scholarship fund organized by electric co-ops in Kentucky is helping laid-off coal miners re-tool and find stable jobs as linemen. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association posted this story about a recent scholarship recipient:  

    When Chris Smith lost his job at a coal mine in Hazard, Kentucky, his fortunes improved.

  • Hawaii’s Only Electric Co-op Recovers from Double Hurricane Threat

    Hawaii Hurricane 8f81dHawaii Hurricane 8f81dIn early August 2014, the collective islands of Hawaii faced two back-to-back hurricanes that threatened severe damage.  Derrill Holly of Electric Co-op Today reported on the efforts of Hawaii’s only electric cooperative, which moved quickly to handle outages caused by hurricane Iselle and braced for more potential problems from Hurricane Julio, which eventually spared the islands.

  • CoBank Joins USDA in New Public-Private Partnership Focused On Rural Infrastructure Investment

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    In July 2014, NCBA CLUSA member CoBank a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced that it has joined with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the formation of a new public-private partnership focused on infrastructure investment in rural America.

  • Webinar: Learn About the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives

    Discover the International Summit of Cooperatives with Mike Beall, CEO and president of NCBA CLUSA! 

  • 100 million Americans are now using credit unions. Should you join them?

    CU-Tshirt-web 07308CU-Tshirt-web 07308[photo courtesy americascreditunions.org]The growing popularity of credit unions is providing more opportunities for co-ops from other sectors to connect with credit unions for their funding and financial services needs. The Washington Post published

  • NRECA study tracks smart grid technology adoption by utility co-ops

    SmartGrid-web 4ffedSmartGrid-web 4ffedCo-ops nationwide are addressing evolving data needs to ensure cost-effective operations for members. The recent experience of six electric co-ops that upgraded their telecommunications infrastructure to support smart grid technology is providing direction and insight. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association published this article:

    “Telecommunications: The Linchpin for Smart Grid Success,” an article

  • Outdoor retailer REI to expand presence in Eastern U.S.

    REI-iStock-web 775f4REI-iStock-web 775f4Store openings planned for early 2015 are expected to provide outdoor retailer REI with new opportunities to connect with the greater Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York areas. Co-operative News published this update:

    The largest consumer cooperative in the United States, outdoor retailer REI aims to open new stores in Princeton, New Jersey and expand its presence in Atlanta in early 2015.


  • International Summit of Cooperatives to focus on innovation

    quebec-summit eacc1quebec-summit eacc1[photo courtesy International Summit of Cooperatives]This year's International Summit of Cooperatives is expected to shed new light on the innovative capacity of the cooperative business model. Ahead of the October summit, Co-operative News spoke with Summit Organizing Committee Executive Director Stéphane Bertrand for

  • Reminder: 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board elections are open!

    board-candidates 98287board-candidates 98287Have you gotten your VoteNet login credentials yet? Online elections for the 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors opened yesterday, August 4, and will run through August 29. All NCBA CLUSA members in good standing are invited to cast their votes. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • NCBA CLUSA Webinar: Latest trends for planning a website re-design, featuring MindActive

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    Despite their compelling stories and solid value propositions, co-ops are often underserved when it comes to digital marketing.

    MindActive is working to change that. The creative services agency helps cooperative businesses communicate their stories through targeted, relevant messaging and thoughtful use of social media.

    “In a competitive world, marketing messages about key value propositions are still going to drive interest and ultimately convert customers,” said Byron Sletten, a MindActive owner/partner. “The good news is, once



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