• Only one day left to renew membership, be eligible to vote in NCBA CLUSA's 2017 Board of Directors election

    calendar reminder 500 333 280fecalendar reminder 500 333 280feElection results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA's Annual Business Meeting on May 2, 2017. To make your voice heard, make sure you've renewed your membership! NCBA CLUSA members planning to vote in the 2017 Board of Directors election have until Wednesday, March 22 to renew their membership. The online election will open on March 27 and close on April 27; during this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing are invited to cast their votes.

    If you cannot locate your renewal notice, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....

  • NCBA CLUSA defends co-ops, responds to Trump Administration's Budget Blueprint

    Earlier today, the Office of Management and Budget released a Budget Blueprint outlining the Trump Administration’s FY2018 Budget. The Blueprint proposes to reduce or eliminate several programs important to developing and supporting the work of cooperatives, both domestically and abroad. Examples include the elimination of discretionary programs at USDA, such as the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG), as well as deep reductions in international development funding and the elimination of tailored U.S. development agencies.

    In a statement released today in response to the Trump administration’s Budget Blueprint, Judy Ziewacz, President and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association stated:

    “As presented, President Trump’s proposed Budget Blueprint appears to directly and negatively impact cooperative business of all sizes with deep reductions in domestic discretionary spending and foreign aid. On behalf of the over 120 million members of cooperatives and 40,000 cooperative businesses throughout the nation that inject over $600 billion back into the economy, we express strong concern about the direction of this proposal and what it could mean to families and communities, both domestically and internationally.

    Cooperatives and the use of cooperative principles are a time-tested strategy to stabilize economies and provide economic opportunities to families and small businesses. Internationally, it is in the interest of the U.S. to invest in stabilizing and growing developing economies. This budget would cut deep into domestic and

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  • Early-bird registration now open for inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference!

    As the first and only national cooperative conference of its kind, IMPACT 2017 is a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative movement.

    As the first and only national cooperative conference of its kind, IMPACT 2017 is a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative movement.As the first and only national cooperative conference of its kind, IMPACT 2017 is a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative movement.Early-bird registration is now open for NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference, scheduled for October 4 – 6, 2017, at the Hilton-Old Town Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. This pivotal cooperative event will, for the first time, bring together a broad spectrum of cooperative sectors to build on and amplify the economic impact co-ops have in the U.S. and around the world.

    Register now and lock in the early-bird rate of $550 for NCBA CLUSA members and $750 for non-members. The Early-Bird Full Registration package includes access to all plenary and break-out sessions, two receptions, our October 5 advocacy

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  • On International Women’s Day, why co-ops matter for women around the world

    Abelina dos Santos stands in her cassava field in East Timor.

    Abelina dos Santos stands in her cassava field in East Timor.Abelina dos Santos stands in her cassava field in East Timor.This year’s International Women’s Day theme, "Women in the Changing World of Work," speaks directly to the challenge women have in participating fully in the economy. From issues of equal pay to ownership, women are making strides but still have far to go. Women’s participation in co-op businesses—as farmers, leaders of financial institutions, innovators and community organizers—are the exact reasons why co-ops provide a better business platform for women. With equal voice in democratic governance and opportunities to own the businesses they work in, co-ops are the business model women should look at in a changing world of work.

    Through the four stories that follow, women demonstrate why cooperatives are a tool for their economic participation and opportunity, and the preferred business model for building resilient communities.

    Women like Abelina dos Santos who is growing some of the first ever cassava in East

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  • NCBA CLUSA to host Latin American coffee producers at Coffee Origins event in DC

    coffee origins event coming to Washington, D.C.coffee origins event coming to Washington, D.C.On Thursday, March 2, NCBA CLUSA will host over 50 coffee roasters and buyers to connect with coffee cooperatives and producer organizations from five Latin American countries. There a still a few spots left if you are in the Washington, D.C. area this week. Register today to claim your spot!

    Part of NCBA CLUSA’s USAID Cooperative Development Program, this event will help to facilitate relationships across the value chain from farmers to retailers to consumers and discuss best practices in cooperative development for the coffee industry.

    The morning will feature a producer fair, with coffee tastings from organizations in Brazil, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. In the afternoon, two quality cupping sessions will be led by local specialty coffee roasters and merchants, 32Cup.

    Presentations from our El Salvador and Indonesia teams

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  • Save the Date: Co-op Festival coming September 30 – October 1, 2017!

    Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

    Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.NCBA CLUSA is excited to announce that its inaugural Co-op Festival will be held September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.—an unprecedented opportunity to amplify the economic impact, diversity and sustainability of a business model 70 percent of consumers say they already trust.

    Designed to kick off Co-op Month, this two-day public awareness event will feature live music, high-profile speakers, games, giveaways and interactive booths to engage a potential audience of 65,000+ people on the National Mall. The event will also serve as a visual reminder of the success and diversity of the co-op business model to elected officials in the nation’s capital.

    “This festival

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  • Video: Panel identifies cooperatives as social justice tools

    Ellis Car, left, moderates a panel discussion with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf and Alex Serrano at the National Press Club on February 13.

    Ellis Car, left, moderates a panel discussion with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf and Alex Serrano at the National Press Club on February 13.Ellis Car, left, moderates a panel discussion with Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Cornelius Blanding, LaKeisha Wolf and Alex Serrano at the National Press Club on February 13. At a panel discussion at the National Press Club yesterday, NCBA CLUSA hosted academics, co-op leaders, activists and entrepreneurs to offer a unique perspective on the Black experience in the U.S.—that co-ops not only should be, but have historically been a social justice tool.

    Moderated by Ellis Carr, president and CEO of Capital Impact Partners, the panel included Cornelius Blanding, executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund; Jessica Gordon Nembhard, professor of Community

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  • ‘Let’s get the co-op narrative in as many bills as we can,’ Rep. Royce says at reception welcoming 115th Congress

    At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, Reps. Ed Royce, left, and Mark Pocan pledged the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus' continued advocacy on issues affecting co-ops, from potential tax reform to international development.

    At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, Reps. Ed Royce, left, and Mark Pocan pledged the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus' continued advocacy on issues affecting co-ops, from potential tax reform to international development.At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, Reps. Ed Royce, left, and Mark Pocan pledged the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus' continued advocacy on issues affecting co-ops, from potential tax reform to international development.At a reception on Capitol Hill last week, NCBA CLUSA and Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) welcomed incoming freshmen to the 115th Congress and invited them to join the recently reestablished caucus.

    In her introduction of the co-chairs, NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Judy Ziewacz noted that while co-ops inject $3 trillion into

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  • Bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus relaunches in 115th Congress

    First established in 2016, the caucus provides greater visibility, education and awareness of the cooperative business model's economic impact nationwide.

    First established in 2016, the caucus provides greater visibility, education and awareness of the cooperative business model's economic impact nationwide.First established in 2016, the caucus provides greater visibility, education and awareness of the cooperative business model's economic impact nationwide.The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International is pleased to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration on Friday formally recognized the bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus—co-chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI)—for the 115th Congress. 

    “We are thrilled that this historic caucus dedicated to advancing the role of cooperatives in the nation’s economy has been continued in the new Congress,” NCBA CLUSA president and CEO Judy Ziewacz said. “We encourage lawmakers to recognize the critical role co-ops play in their districts by joining this bipartisan caucus.”

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  • Panel to explore how African Americans have used cooperatives to empower Black community

    Cooperative ownership continues to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community.

    Cooperative ownership continues to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community.Cooperative ownership continues to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community.From financial independence and desegregated housing, to small farmer empowerment and food security, cooperatives are an integral part of the Black experience that has often been silenced. Cooperative ownership continues to play a significant role in social and economic development in the Black community. 

    Register now and join NCBA CLUSA and a panel of academics, co-op leaders, activists and entrepreneurs at the National Press Club on Monday, February 13, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. for a discussion exploring “The Power of Cooperative Ownership in the Black Community.”

    Our panelists will discuss the historic role cooperatives have played in generating economic opportunities for Black Americans and explore the potential of

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  • NCBA CLUSA joins Cuba Study Group urging President-elect Trump to continue engaging Cuba

    Leaders of the co-op sector in the U.S. visit Cuba in July 2016 as part of the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group.

    Leaders of the co-op sector in the U.S. visit Cuba in July 2016 as part of the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group.Leaders of the co-op sector in the U.S. visit Cuba in July 2016 as part of the U.S. – Cuba Cooperative Working Group.NCBA CLUSA joined the Cuba Study Group and 16 other organizations today, co-signing a letter addressed to the incoming Trump administration on Cuba. Titled U.S. Policy Towards Cuba: The Case for Engagement, the memo urges the president-elect to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of progress made in U.S. – Cuba relations.

    The memo outlines the positive gains from U.S – Cuba engagement, including potential U.S. job creation and notes that the risks of disengagement could affect national security and human rights.

    One gain is the growth of the Cuban private sector, which now accounts for 30 percent of the country’s workforce. The preferred business model in the Cuban private sector is cooperative businesses, which continue to need

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  • This woman is changing the way farmers package millet, to save the environment in Senegal

    Examples of millet packaging

    Examples of millet packagingExamples of millet packagingKadhy Ciss used to sell processed millet in the market, taking the raw grains and grinding them into flour or cooking ready pieces, but sales weren’t great. Without professional packaging, no one in the larger towns was buying the millet from her processing center in Toubakouta, her community in Fatick region, Senegal. But professional packing was hard to find for her small processing center.

    “I had serious needs to access packaging. Even worse, the existing packaging on the market is made of plastic and not biodegradable,” Kadhy said.

    Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded Millet Business Services Project (MBSP)—which NCBA CLUSA is implementing in four regions in Senegal—Kadhy learned to make her own, local packaging out of paper and other bio-degradable materials.

    Soon, she got a reputation for training and was teaching employees at small millet processing centers around Senegal how to make their own bags. Though time consuming, for the smaller, mostly women-owned centers, the added income was worthwhile. 

    Now

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  • Welcome to the first issue of Co-op Weekly!

    Welcome to the first issue of Co-op Weekly

    Welcome to the first issue of Co-op WeeklyWelcome to the first issue of Co-op WeeklyWelcome to the first issue of Co-op Weekly—news, events and features published by the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International and delivered to your inbox every Tuesday.

    You’re receiving this email because you previously subscribed to CBJ Online. In 2017, that publication is returning to its roots—a quarterly Cooperative Business Journal with an emphasis on thought leadership, scholarly research and opinion pieces. You’ll continue to receive the cooperative news, events and features you’ve come to expect from CBJ Online in Co-op Weekly.
                                                               
    Readers interested in in-depth analysis and cutting-edge research within the cooperative space will

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  • A message from the president

    [Judy Ziewacz, president & CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International.]

    [Judy Ziewacz, president & CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International.][Judy Ziewacz, president & CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International.]As the year draws to a close, we here at NCBA CLUSA extend warm holiday wishes to our members and cooperators around the world. We appreciate your continued support and engagement as we continue to cooperatively build sustainable communities, promote economic opportunities and strengthen cooperatives here in the U.S. and around the world.

    This past year marked our 100th anniversary of supporting cooperative businesses that build a better world. We celebrated this year by spotlighting our members in weekly co-op profiles, highlighting all of the good things co-ops do for communities across the nation and around the world. If you haven’t already, take a moment to explore our 100th anniversary website, ncbaclusa100.coop, where you’ll find an infographic co-op timeline, podcasts featuring leading

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  • 50 years of IFFCO demonstrates power of co-op business model to build—and sustain—a better world

    [Dr. Udai Shanker Awasthi, Managing Director and CEO of IFFCO, addresses member farmers at a recent event celebrating the cooperative’s 50th anniversary in 2017.]

    [Dr. Udai Shanker Awasthi, Managing Director and CEO of IFFCO, addresses member farmers at a recent event celebrating the cooperative’s 50th anniversary in 2017.][Dr. Udai Shanker Awasthi, Managing Director and CEO of IFFCO, addresses member farmers at a recent event celebrating the cooperative’s 50th anniversary in 2017.]In the 1960s, India was facing a food crisis. Traditional methods of farming weren’t keeping pace with population growth. While a national campaign called “Miss a Meal” ran full-page ads in the country’s major newspapers asking people to skip dinner, Indian farmers scrambled to find a sustainable, long-term solution to hunger.

    The result was an agricultural, or “green” revolution largely fueled by the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO), now the world’s largest fertilizer and marketing co-op. Gearing up for its 50th anniversary in 2017, IFFCO and NCBA CLUSA—which is celebrating its own milestone this year—share a unique history that demonstrates the power of the cooperative

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  • NCBA CLUSA makes economic case for co-ops in transition paper to Trump-Pence Administration

    transition paper 400transition paper 400In a presidential transition paper sent to President-Elect Donald Trump today, NCBA CLUSA outlines the many ways the cooperative business model can help answer some of the nation’s most critical challenges.

    Called “Cooperating for a Better Tomorrow: Creating Economic Opportunity for Americans and People Around the World,” the transition paper unpacks the scope of influence of the cooperatives in the U.S. and asks the incoming Administration to consider the cooperative business model as a bipartisan approach to federal policy making.

    Encouraging close collaboration with the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus and the Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development, the paper outlines key areas where the Administration could support cooperatives: tax reform, worker ownership, the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program, small business lending, inclusion of co-ops in the 2017 Economic Census,

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  • Paying it forward—the habbanaye way

    Haro Tissa Niger REGIS ER 500Haro Tissa Niger REGIS ER 500[Haro Tissa, center, with her family and goats.]We all know the concept of paying it forward. From holiday films to parental lessons, if a good deed is done for you, it’s only fair you spread that smile and joy. For West Africans, paying it forward has been enshrined it everyday life for centuries.

    The concept of habbanaye goes back to the Peulh or Fulani people, who live across many of the modern borders in West Africa including Senegal, Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Continuing the concept of paying it forward in the region today, two of NCBA CLUSA's USAID projects in West Africa (Yaajeende in Senegal and REGIS-ER in Burkina Faso and Niger) work with communities to pay it forward, making livestock raising and wealth building a community-led activity.

    Habbanaye is the concept of loaning an adult cow, goat or other animal to a neighbor or family

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  • CDF announces 2017 inductees to Cooperative Hall of Fame

    coop HoF logo 500 54395coop HoF logo 500 54395Four outstanding cooperative leaders will receive the cooperative community's highest honor on May 3, 2017, when they are inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

    The inductees are Rita L. Haynes, CEO emeritus of Faith Community United Credit Union, John D. Johnson, retired president and CEO of CHS Inc.; Richard Larochelle, retired senior vice president of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation; and John & Carol Zippert, cooperative activists with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives.

    These cooperative leaders will be recognized at the annual Cooperative Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on the evening of May 3, 2017. In conjunction with the ceremony, a public forum on cooperative development and

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  • NCB Co-op 100 reports top producing cooperatives with revenues of $223.8 billion

    coop 100 500 0a9e5coop 100 500 0a9e5The National Cooperative Bank, known for providing banking solutions tailored to meet the needs of cooperatives nationwide, released its annual NCB Co-op 100® last month, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. In 2015, these businesses posted revenue totaling approximately $223.8 billion. The NCB Co-op 100® remains the only annual report of its kind to track the profits and successes of cooperative businesses in the U.S. 

    “The economic impact of cooperatives is critical to our economy," said Charles E. Snyder, President and CEO of National Cooperative Bank. “The cooperative business model can be seen in just about every industry across America, from local food to finance to housing and energy. Cooperatives remain a trusted, viable and successful business model. They create jobs and build community. Cooperatives Build a Better World. That’s not only something to be proud of—it’s just good business.” 

    The following are the top revenue producers in 2015 for the NCB Co-op 100's main sectors: 
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  • At close of election season, NCBA CLUSA explores how co-op movement can influence next administration

    coop month press club panel 500 67f9ecoop month press club panel 500 67f9eIf the cooperative movement in the United States effectively rallied its membership of 100 million voters—one third of the country’s population—it could wield the combined influence of the AARP and the NRA.

    Now imagine that voting block unified around a single issue, or “force for good,” said Judy Ziewacz, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. “As NCBA CLUSA pivots from its first 100 years to the next 100, we have to ask ourselves, ‘How do we mobilize those voices and really impact the lives of individuals, families and communities?’”

    Ziewacz was moderating an October 26 panel discussion at the National Press Club to close out Co-op Month that addressed what co-op leaders wish their candidates and elected officials knew about the cooperative movement, and what legislation and policies they would like to see the incoming administration prioritize.

    The cooperative movement is uniquely poised to shape national dialogue if it can find a way to leverage its numbers, expertise and consumer attitudes, said

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