• Early bird registration available for Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and Annual Cooperatives Conference

    joint-graphic-web fd0d3joint-graphic-web fd0d3NCBA CLUSA is offering early bird registration for both the Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and the Annual Cooperatives Conference.

    Annual Cooperative Conference

    NCBA CLUSA members that register for the Annual Cooperatives Conference by July 31 will save $100 off the

  • In Uganda, conservation farming transforms lives

    Odongo-land-web 8c3c1Odongo-land-web 8c3c1Conservation farmer Leo Odongo trains other smallholder farmers in northern Uganda to adopt climate-smart agriculture practices. Here, a woman shares an improved variety of maize with a fellow farmer during a training event.Northern Uganda was the epicenter of a decades-long insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army that killed 100,000 people and displaced an estimated 2 million.

  • Live webinar to show how Corcentric helps boost cooperative edge in marketplace

    3corcentric-webinar-web dc6f13corcentric-webinar-web dc6f1Corcentric, a provider of innovative financial process automation solutions, is using digitization to help cooperatives compete in a changing economic and political environment.

    NCBA CLUSA members are invited to see how the right solutions can help lower operating costs and provide greater visibility for the whole community in a 60-minute live webinar called “Connect Your Community and Get Instant ROI.” Co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA and Corcentric, a gold-level

  • Applications for co-op logo exceed 500

    coop-logo-web 32194coop-logo-web 32194The co-op logo, or "global cooperative marque" features interlinked o's that symbolize collaboration. The logo helps cooperatives differentiate themselves from non-cooperative competitors, helping to build cooperative loyalty, boost marketing efforts and unite cooperatives across sectors and countries. The International Co-operative Alliance published this press release about the latest milestone in logo adoption rates: 

    Applications for the global cooperative marque have passed a milestone of 500.

  • Cabot Community bike tour to strengthen communities, honor volunteerism

    Cabot-web 070c1Cabot-web 070c1NCBA CLUSA is proud to partner with the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Credit Union and Cabot Creamery, one of the premier co-ops in the U.S, for an event along the Cabot Community Tour. NCBA CLUSA will help welcome the Cabot bike tour to the DC Metro during a stop in Clifton, Virginia at the Paradise Springs Winery, part of the Vine to Wine Co-op in Virginia. The June 9 event is an opportunity to celebrate strong communities, volunteerism and cooperation among co-ops. Cabot Creamery sent this press release about the tour:

    In May of

  • Veteran innovator Papa Sene among inductees to Cooperative Hall of Fame

    HoF-papa-sene-web f2cb7HoF-papa-sene-web f2cb7Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee Papa Sene (center) flanked by NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Mike Beall and NCBA CLUSA chief operating officer for CLUSA International Amy Coughenour.A veteran innovator whose life and work define cooperative values received the highest honor conferred by the U.S. cooperative community last week.

    Papa M. D. Sene, senior technical advisor for NCBA CLUSA,

  • Dame Green urges co-op community to "drive a different dialogue"

    Sustainability is at the core of the global cooperative identity.

    That was the message Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Cooperative Alliance, had for hundreds of representatives of the co-op community during the 4th Annual Cooperative Issues Forum at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club last week.

    dame-green-web 2da9edame-green-web 2da9eDame Pauline Green,

  • Pachamama Coffee Cooperative highlighted in "The Aggie"

    pachamama-web 796afpachamama-web 796afA coffee shop opened by Pachamama Coffee Cooperative in downtown Davis, California brings consumers premium, organic coffee directly from more than 140,000 small farmers in Africa, Latin America and South America. Taylor Cunningham highlights Pachamama in this article for The California Aggie: 


    A great cup of coffee is more than your morning caffeine fix. At Pachamama

  • In Rwanda, cooperatives help build a sustainable future

    Twenty years after genocide, Rwanda continues to recover. In a recent article for Co-operative News, Anca Voinea explored how cooperatives are underpinning sustainable economic growth and development in the country.

    Rwanda-coops-web 65314Rwanda-coops-web 65314[photo courtesy CTB/Josiane Droeghag]Twenty years on from 100 days of genocide in Rwanda, co-operatives have been seen as a means to

  • Hall of Fame induction, International Staff Retreat among highlights of Co-op Week

    hands-web bc4d4hands-web bc4d4NCBA CLUSA is gearing up for a full schedule of events this week as the trade association and international development organization celebrates Co-op Week, which falls every year during the first week of May.

    Kicking off the week is the May 6 to 7 meeting of the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors, the second of three board meetings NCBA CLUSA holds per year. This week’s agenda includes a full review of 2013 financial reports, a look at first quarter finances for 2014 and an in-depth report on the Uganda Conservation Farming Initiative. The USDA-funded project is boosting

  • Webinar on “.coop” domain highlights advantages of united cooperative identity

    coop dcb92 78acfcoop dcb92 78acfThe collective and individual benefits of uniting around a global cooperative identity resonated with dozens of participants during a webinar hosted by NCBA CLUSA last week, organizers said.

    “There was a sense that ‘We need to do this together,’” said Amy Bucaida, NCBA CLUSA consultant for Marketing, Sales & Event Planning.

    Nicola Huckerby and Gareth Price of domains.coop led the webinar, explaining how adoption of the email and web address Top Level Domain “.coop” can spur business growth and raise awareness of the collective cooperative identity.

  • In Sicily, agricultural co-ops fight Mafia

    pizza-web fafbepizza-web fafbeCheck out this article by NPR highlighting a movement of small cooperatives in Sicily leading agricultural reform on land once controlled by the Mafia:

    In recent years, the effort to bring the Mafia under control in Sicily has spilled over into the world of food. Today a movement of small organic agricultural cooperatives has sprung up across the island to farm land once confiscated by the Mafia and bring these goods to a global market.

    means free land, or land free from Mafia. A cooperative of farmers and other producers working under

  • Electric cooperative industry expert Steve Kettler appointed member of NCBA CLUSA board

    Kettler-Steve-web 3560eKettler-Steve-web 3560eSteve Kettler, a veteran administrator with 45 years of experience in the electric cooperative industry, will serve as the newest member of the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors.

    Kettler assumed his current role as senior vice president of Strategic Business Development and Support for the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation earlier this month. He previously served the corporation as vice president of Portfolio Management, managing a $5 billion loan portfolio and CFC’s relationships with more than 300 distribution electric

  • NCBA CLUSA to implement $3.1 million project to benefit rural households in Guatemala

    market-girl 0b3e9market-girl 0b3e9An agreement signed yesterday by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awards NCBA CLUSA a $3.1 million project targeting low-income, small-scale agricultural households producing specialty coffee, high-value agriculture crops and artisan handicrafts in Guatemala’s Western Highlands.

    The four-year cooperative and food security development project is expected to spur cooperative governance in the region, promote equal access in the marketplace and expand rural households’ income-generation ability. It is an extension of the existing CDP III,

  • Dame Pauline Green to headline 2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference

    dame-pauline-green-web e4837dame-pauline-green-web e4837[photo courtesy ica.coop]

    Dame Pauline Green, the first woman president of the International Co-operative Alliance’s 116-year history, will headline a joint session of the Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and the Annual Cooperatives Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Godfrey-Smith: Long-term sustainable farming key to economic development in Mississippi Delta region

    godfrey-smith-web 8b35dgodfrey-smith-web 8b35dFrom right: Lillian Salerno, administrator of the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service and Helen Godfrey-Smith, president and CEO of the Shreveport Federal Credit Union at a recent site visit of the credit union’s “Healthy Food Financing Initiative” in the Mississippi Delta region. [photo courtesy Shreveport Federal Credit Union]Helen Godfrey-Smith sat beside her

  • NCBA CLUSA announces CCMA Conference sponsors

    NCBA CLUSA and the Consumer Cooperative Management Association would like to recognize the following sponsoring organizations for their support of the 2014 Consumer Cooperative Management Association Annual Conference

    2014 CCMA Conference Sponsors:

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  • CCMA management to transition to NCBA CLUSA in 2015

    After collaborative discussion and thorough review, the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference, currently under the management of Ann Hoyt and the University of Wisconsin-Extension, will transition to NCBA CLUSA beginning in 2015. This decision provides a clear path for the continued success and enhancement of this vital conference.

    baton-ncba 7db81baton-ncba 7db81[photo: Leo Mason/Corbis]“As

  • Stronger Together profiles dedicated green business

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    This Earth Day, we wanted to highlight a dedicated green business. In a recent article published by Stronger Together, Jennifer New profiled the Elm City Market Food Co-op in a former food desert in New Haven, Connecticut. If you forget your reusable shopping bag at this co-op, just borrow one from a lending tree of cloth bags near the checkout stands, which are made from reclaimed Berkshire barn wood.

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  • Smallholder millet farmers in Senegal see higher crop yields, rising profits

    Once considered a subsistence crop, millet is now the key to higher crop yields and rising profits for some nine thousand smallholder farmers in Senegal, thanks to an agricultural value chain project implemented by NCBA CLUSA.

    Launched in 2009, the five-year, US$4 million project spurred millet value chain development in Senegal’s Peanut Basin—the source of three quarters of the country’s grain and peanut production and home to the Serer ethnic group.

    millet-web d7cbdmillet-web d7cbdThrough the Millet Value Chain Project, NCBA CLUSA demonstrated and helped smallholder farmers adopt new



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