Rural Cooperatives

Trade publication covering the agricultural industry.

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 2, March-April

'A Trend, Not a Fad': Growing Markets for Local Foods Examined during Ag Outlook Forum
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Eastern Market in Detroit, founded in 1891, has evolved into a modern food hub. "We see our role not as providing a gilded palace for high-end food products, but to get good food to areas that don't have good fruits and vegetables,"...
Aurora Co-Op, CHS Building Shuttle Loader in Nebraska
Aurora Cooperative and CHS Inc. have announced a joint plan to build a high-speed grain shuttle loader near Superior, Neb. The two co-ops have formed Superior East LLC to operate the facility, which will take about 12 months to build. The facility...
Bahati Mamas Cooperative-Somali Women Refugees Form Co-Op to Market Produce from Small Farm
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many refugees that resettle in the United States struggle to acclimate to their new surroundings. Challenges are faced on all fronts--new language, new customs and even new food. The International...
Carolina Co-Op Uses USDA Loan to Help Members Conserve Energy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Energy efficiency is a hot topic these days, and at Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation (BEMC) the energy efficiency loan program is heating up, thanks to a recent loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development's...
CHS Earns $992.4 Million on Record $44.5 Billion Sales
Strong earnings on energy sales helped CHS Inc. earn $992.4 million for 2013, its second-highest net income on record, even though down from the record-breaking $1.26 billion earnings posted for 2012. The gains from energy sales helped to offset an...
Co-Op Communicators to Meet in Pittsburgh, May 31-June 3
"Networking and learning opportunities unlimited!" "Strengthen Your Skills in the Steel City" is the theme for the Cooperative Communicators Assoc. annual institute at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., May 31-June 3. Session topics...
Dairy Co-Ops' Milk Volume Up, but Market Share Down Slightly
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Dairy cooperative members in the United States marketed more than 160 billion pounds of milk in 2012, maintaining a dominant, but slightly lower, market share for co-ops during the five-year period...
Dairylea Members Approve DFA Merger
Members of Dairylea Cooperative Inc., Syracuse, N.Y., in February approved a merger with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). The merger becomes official on April 1, 2014, and combines Dairylea's 1,200 members in the Northeast with DFA's 13,000 dairy farmer...
Farm Bill Boosts Co-Op Development
The recent passage of the Farm Bill was an important piece of federal legislation that will I have a strong impact on the continued growth and development of cooperatives in rural communities. While the bill included provisions relating to cooperative...
Farmers, Processors Work Together to Boost Egypt's Tomato Industry
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A public-private collaboration of USAID, Heinz International, ACDI/VOCA and 13 Egyptian tomato-processing companies has more than doubled Egypt's growing season for processing tomatoes. The effort...
Fenner to Succeed Taylor at MFA Oil
Jerry Taylor, president and CEO of MFA Oil, Columbia, Mo., will retire Aug. 31, although he will remain with the co-op to lead MFA Oil's investments in MFA Oil Biomass, AgFuel Energy Systems and WasteWater Logic. Mark Fenner, currently the co-op's...
Kirkpatrick Saluted for Dairy Vision
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For his efforts to boost U.S. dairy exports and his other work to promote dairy products, Elwood Kirkpatrick, former president of the Michigan Milk Producers Assoc. (MMPA), has been presented with the Richard E. Lyng award...
Organic Valley Sales Hit $928 Million
Even a fire that burned down half of its headquarters in La Farge, Wis., last spring couldn't halt the growth of Organic Valley in 2013. The nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers ended its 25th year with $928 million in sales, up 8 percent...
Polidoro Succeeds Leonard at ACDI/VOCA
Bill Polidoro was named in January as the new president and CEO of ACDI/VOCA, a nonprofit international development organization that currently has about 60 projects in 30 countries. He succeeds Carl Leonard. Polidoro joined ACDI/VOCA in 2005...
Portion of Co-Op's Livestock Sales Earmarked to Support FFA, 4-H
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last July, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association created a year-long program, A Good Way to Grow, to promote leadership and support youth interested in agriculture. This program began after the Equity board of...
The New Deal Co-Ops: Depression-Fighting Strategies Involved Co-Ops in Agriculture, Utilities and Health Care Sectors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The development of cooperatives was high on the agenda of U.S. government officials for implementing President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs during the Great Depression (1933-1942)....
The Precision Decision: Farm Supply Co-Ops Helping Members Adopt Precision Ag Technology to Boost Productivity
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Precision agriculture has been used by growers for years. However, a number of new technological innovations and sharply rising crop revenues have spurred an accelerated pace of adoption of precision...
The Ripple Effect: Co-Op Uses USDA-Funded Program to Improve Education for Pakistani Girls
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Although women and girls comprise about half of the world's population, in many parts of the globe, they do not have equal access to education. Land O'Lakes International Development--a division of the second-largest cooperative...