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  • Dame Pauline Green to headline 2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference

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    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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Land reclamation empowers women, improves livelihoods in Niger

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    It’s the hot season in Niger. The sun filters through the millet stalk roof of the shade hangar we sit beneath. Ramatou Yaye, a 48-year-old mother of six, gestures behind her to a large garden protected by durable fencing.

    “It used to be that my family ate vegetables only one season per year. Now, with the help of Arziki, we can eat and sell vegetables year-round. It has changed our lives,” she says.

    Arziki, NCBA CLUSA’s USAID-funded Niger Food Security Program means “prosperity” in Niger’s local languages of Hausa and Zarma. This

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  • Are You Showing your Co-opiness?

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    NCBA CLUSA is hosting an upcoming webinar on understanding “The Benefits of a United Co-op Identity” on April 29 from 10am -11am EST.  This free webinar will provide compelling reasons why your organization should have its own .coop domain and you'll receive the Cooperative Marque Brand Guidelines that outline your part in raising awareness of our collective identity.

    Two dedicated cooperators from Domains.coop will present this webinar.  They bring years of experience in marketing and branding and will explain the merits of identifying with a global

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  • NCBA CLUSA Hosts First Webinar in Series with USDA

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    Ongoing and future conversations designed to update and inform cooperative stakeholder community on current changes in Rural Development priorities and programs

     

    On April 11, 2014, NCBA CLUSA convened its inaugural webinar series with the USDA as Lillian Salerno, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service in the department's Rural Development Agency, presented, while President and CEO Michael Beall moderated.  NCBA CLUSA is

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  • Spotlight: Harriet May, Co-op Hall of Fame Inductee

    Harriet May is the former President & CEO of the Government Employees Credit Union (GECU)

    As CEO of the Government Employees Credit Union, Harriet May understood the power of credit unions to improve the lives of low income and minority members of her El Paso, Texas community.

    Harriet May began her career as a teller and rose to become the CEO of GECU – the largest locally owned financial institution in El Paso, Texas. She has been a cooperative leader at the state, national, and international levels. May led efforts to make home ownership more widely available by helping to establish an Affordable Housing Credit Union Service Organization. The CUSO’s results have been dramatic, impacting the lives of thousands in her community. She was an innovator in the area of financial literacy, even participating in a panel discussion with the President of the United States, and she worked across the border with Mexican officials in order to put in place a system of affordable remittance services. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has looked to May to

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  • Registration is now open! 2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference

    Looking for an opportunity to meet industry icons, share best practices with colleagues and connect with potential partners in the purchasing and shared-services cooperative community? Register now for the 2014 NCBA CLUSA Purchasing Cooperative Conference, meeting September 8 to 10 at the Depot Renaissance Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Keynote speaker Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Cooperative Alliance, will challenge conference attendees to raise awareness of the cooperative business model, spurring its continued growth and status in the coming decades. Dame Green is the first woman president of the International Cooperative Alliance in its 116-year history.

    The basic registration fee covers access to two general sessions, open sessions, the exhibit hall and networking events, including breaks, meals and an evening

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  • Israel launches first co-op supermarket

    By Yuval Avivi, Al Monitor

    On the morning of April 14, less than 12 hours before the traditional Passover holiday dinner, a quick visit to a supermarket called Shelanu (Hebrew for "Ours") in the east Bitzaron neighborhood of Tel Aviv reveals little activity. The few shoppers move lethargically among the aisles. Not a single one of them, by the way, is one of 500 members who each paid 1,000 shekels ($290) to join the social-economic cooperative founded at the end of 2011, because it has yet to start an intensive membership drive.

    Not far from there, at a huge chain supermarket, it's mayhem: carts laden with produce roll through the massive parking lot, sometimes more than one cart to a customer. Israelis have not yet changed their consumption habits, despite their anger at the large retail chains. They refuse to stop buying there, not even on "Supermarket Free Day" declared this year on April 1.

    A comparison between the large markets and the cooperative Shelanu store is like comparing a Chihuahua to a Great Dane. Shelanu takes up only 160 square meters (191 square yards), while

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  • Spotlight: Martin Lowery, Co-op Hall of Fame Inductee

    Martin Lowery, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)


    For more than three decades, Martin Lowery has been a forceful advocate for the cooperative business model, with an unshakable conviction that enabling people to empower themselves represents the best was to improve the quality of their lives. Martin Lowery is Executive Vice President, Member and Association Relations of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) with overall responsibility to ensure that NRECA excels in meeting the needs of its 1,000 member cooperatives. His career at NRECA began in 1982 and includes managing NRECA's Consulting, Training and Market Research Division, providing essential management services to the NRECA membership.


    Martin serves on the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) board and is a past Chair. He also serves on the board of the National Cooperative Bank (NCB), the Ralph K. Morris Foundation board and is the U.S. representative to the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA)

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  • Success in Austin! 2nd Annual Austin Co-op Summit brings Co-ops Together

    More than 100 people interested in how cooperative businesses can help move the Central Texas economy toward shared abundance and prosperity, came together at the second annual Austin Cooperative Summit brought by the Austin Cooperative Business Association and NCBA CLUSA.

    "The summit identified opportunities to expand the cooperative economy here in Central Texas and showcased many of the cooperative businesses thriving in our region," said Brian Donovan, Executive Director of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. "The feedback has been really positive and we are already thinking about how it can be even better next year."

    The opening reception included presentations from NCBA CLUSA CEO, Mike Beall, Texas Electric Cooperatives CEO, Mike Williams, and Executive VP of the National Coop Bank, Steven Brookner, talking about their experience in the cooperative movement and the value their organizations bring to members and the communities they serve. During the evening reception, many cooperatives shared their work and products including: Equal Exchange, Wheatsville Food

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  • A Sticky Note Starts New Food Co-op in PA Town

    A simple sticky note was the catalyst to bring discussions and future implementation of a Friends and Farmers food co-op that will bring an additional outlet for local farmers to sell their food and provide a way for residents to buy locally grown food and support the local economy.

    In addition to the food co-op start up, plans are underway to include a commercial kitchen that would be accessible to members or rented out to local small businesses. This article is shared from The Daily Collegian, a publication that is independently published by students at Penn State University.

    Local foods could get another outlet through store owned by food cooperative
    By Clayton Over, Staff Writer, The Daily Collegian

    The idea for Friends and Farmers Cooperative sprouted on a sticky note two years ago. As early as next summer, one of its goals could come to fruition.

    The food cooperative launched a membership drive last month, with the ultimate objective of raising capital to open a grocery store that would sell local food and goods, interim board member Elizabeth Crisfield

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  • Queens Worker Co-op Formed for All the Right Reasons

    Through out the country, worker cooperatives are fast becoming the solution to unethical business practices and worker exploitation.  The co-op business model provides the opportunity for individuals to take ownership in their professional lives and apply time-tested principles that focus on equality and integrity.  

    In this article, by reporter Tobias Salinger of the New York Daily News, the motivation and purpose for establishing a 15-member cleaning cooperative is made plain, providing the perfect example of worker empowerment.

    Queens Cleaning Ladies form Workers Cooperative 

    By Tobias Salinger, New York Daily News

    They were tired of being taken to the cleaners by their bosses — so they’re taking out the trash on their own.

    Pa’lante Green Cleaning, a 15-member Jackson Heights cleaning cooperative owned and operating by the

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  • Success in Austin! 2nd Annual Austin Co-op Summit Brings Co-ops Together

    More than 100 people interested in how cooperative businesses can help move the Central Texas economy toward shared abundance and prosperity, came together at the second annual Austin Cooperative Summit brought by the Austin Cooperative Business Association and NCBA CLUSA. “The summit identified opportunities to expand the cooperative economy here in Central Texas and showcased many of the cooperative businesses thriving in our region,” said Brian Donovan, Executive Director of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. “The feedback has been really positive and we are already thinking about how it can be even better next year.” The opening reception included presentations from NCBA CLUSA CEO, Mike Beall, Texas Electric Cooperatives CEO, Mike Williams, and Executive VP of the National Coop Bank, Steven Brookner, talking about their experience in the cooperative movement and the value their organizations bring to members and the communities they serve. During the evening reception, many cooperatives shared their work and products including: Equal Exchange, Wheatsville Food Co-op, Black Star Co-op, Cooperation Texas, Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery, KOOP Radio, Artists Screen

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  • 2014 Cooperative Issues Forum! Registration Open!

    The Cooperative Development Foundation invites you to attend the Fourth Annual Cooperative Issues Forum on May 7, 2014 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST at the renowned National Press Club in Washington, DC. This year the forum will feature a Keynote Address by Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). In addition to the keynote there will be various updates on domestic cooperative development and technical assistance plans. You won't want to miss a special panel moderated by NCBA CLUSA president Mike Beall as he engages with the 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees. Click here for the full agenda. Space is limited! Register online today by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you!

    The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC. CDF's mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.

    See agenda below:

    Cooperative Issues Forum
    The National Press Club
    May 7, 2014...

  • Shreveport Federal Credit Union receives the Alcorn State University 2014 Cooperative of the Year Award!

    SFCU f7bceSFCU f7bceAlcorn State University honors Mrs. Helen Godfrey Smith and NCBA CLUSA member Shreveport Federal Credit Union during its 2014 Small Farmers and Women in Business Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
    "This is a wonderful honor and we are proud to be the recipient of the 2014 Cooperative of the Year Award," said Mrs. Helen Godfrey-Smith upon accepting the award. "I am more committed than ever to the development of more partnerships and projects that help communities grow and prosper, and finding viable solutions to challenges facing residents in the Delta."


    The 2014 Cooperative of the Year Award was bestowed

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  • The International Summit of Cooperatives Announces Speakers

    intl-summit-2014 ad402intl-summit-2014 ad402With the United Nations declaring 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives will bring together experts, researchers, and decision makers from the cooperative world and civil society to discuss how cooperative enterprises help ensure global food security. The 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives will be held in Quebec City, Canada, from October 6 to October 9.

    Feeding 9 billion people by 2050
    A round table dedicated to the challenge of "Feeding 9 billion people by 2050: Idealism vs. Realism" will bring together a number

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