• Ocean Spray’s 2017 Bogs Across America™ tour joins Co-op Festival

    There's still time to join NCBA CLUSA and Ocean Spray on the National Mall this fall!

    What does it take to turn a tart, little red berry into one of the most successful consumer brands of all time? 700 farm families working together in a cooperative!

  • On International Youth Day, stories from young cooperators and how you can support the next generation of co-op leaders

    Evelyn Ayebare, right, tells her story on a local radio station in Uganda.

    This Saturday, August 12, people worldwide will celebrate International Youth Day. Observed annually on August 12 since 2000, this United Nations emphasis day recognizes young people as agents of change. This year's theme, "Youth Building Peace," highlights young people's contributions to conflict prevention and transformation, as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.

  • IMPACT 2017 will open with State of the Co-op Economy discussion

    Preliminary results from a new study on the collective impact of cooperative enterprise will kick off IMPACT 2017.

    What does the geography of cooperatives and their collective economic impact look like in the U.S.? That’s a question our first-ever State of the Co-op Economy presentation and panel discussion will explore during NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative IMPACT Conference in October. Register now and be a part of this conversation!

  • Senate FY18 Ag Appropriations bill recommends level RCDG funding

    The Senate’s FY18 Ag Appropriations bill recommends continued funding for programs vital to the economic growth of rural America.

    The Senate Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee last week approved a $145.4 billion fiscal year (FY) 2018 Ag Appropriations Bill last week that—much like the House version—rejects most of the president’s budget proposal, including the elimination of the Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) program.

  • There’s a new cookbook on primetime in Senegal – and it’s changing child nutrition

    Aissata, left, a nutrition volunteer and CBSP, poses with the new cookbook alongside members of her community, including the Citizen Working Group coordinator Mamdou Bocar Dia, right. [photo: Feed the Future]

    Cooking on live TV with late night hosts sounds like the stuff of celebrities, but in Senegal it was nutrition experts and representatives from the U.S. and Senegalese governments who partnered to launch a new cookbook for mothers.

  • We’re throwing a co-op party on the National Mall, and you’re invited!

    Be part of this unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness of a business model 70 percent of consumers say they already trust.

    It’s time to start making plans to join your fellow co-ops September 30 – October 1, 2017 on the grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural Co-op Festival, a celebration of the success, diversity and impact of the co-op business model!

  • House FY18 Ag Appropriations Bill preserves RCDG funding at reduced level

    The House bill rejects President Trump’s call to eliminate USDA Rural Business and Cooperative Service.

    The House Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee marked up a $144.9 billion fiscal year (FY) 2018 Ag Appropriations Bill last week that rejects the proposed elimination of many programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including most of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program. The bill, which the Subcommittee advanced to the full Appropriations Committee by unanimous voice vote June 29, would restore funding for RCDG, a positive sign given the current budget climate.

  • On International Day of Co-ops, how the most vulnerable groups are cooperating to succeed

    NCBA CLUSA's flagship Feed the Future project in Senegal, Yaajeende, has reduced stunting by a third.

    This year’s International Day of Cooperatives, observed on July 1, celebrates how co-ops make sure no one is left behind. To celebrate, we rounded up some our favorite co-op and producer association stories from communities worldwide that are working together to access markets, address nutrition and keep communities together.

  • Opinion: Amazon-Whole Foods deal’s missing ingredient is people

    The Amazon-Whole Foods deal announced last week underscores the need for co-ops to innovate through collaboration.

    We in the cooperative community roll our eyes when we hear someone confuse Whole Foods with a food cooperative. Those days seem to be coming to a close when last week news broke that e-commerce giant Amazon will purchase Whole Foods for $13.7 billion by the end of the year. The resulting conglomerate: a co-op it is not. Business news outlets are reporting that Amazon is seeking the Whole Foods asset to aggressively expand its strategy to stake a presence in brick-and-mortar stores. The move also positions Amazon to achieve its longtime goal of breaking into the grocery industry—currently, e-commerce accounts for just 2 percent of America’s food-and-beverage sales.

  • Vern Dosch, author of Wired Differently and president and CEO of NISC, to keynote IMPACT 2017

    In Wired Differently, Dosch explores what can happen when organizations prioritize the cooperative business model, servant leadership and shared values.

    NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce that Vern Dosch, president and CEO of the nearly fifty-year-old technology business National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), will present the keynote address at the first ever Co-op IMPACT Conference on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. An industry leader in providing advanced, integrated IT solutions, NISC develops and supports technology solutions that enable its member-owners to excel in customer service, maximize diversification opportunities and compete effectively in the changing utility and telecommunications industries.

  • Inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference to explore state of the co-op economy, funding development, measuring impact and more!

    Plan now to join us in October for this incredible learning event, as well as our Co-op Festival on the National Mall September 30 and October 1 and the Co-op 5K on October 7.

    NCBA CLUSA is gearing up for the inaugural Co-op IMPACT Conference, and we’re excited to announce some of the compelling programming we’re lining up to make this conference a premier networking and learning event for co-op members, practitioners and advocates, as well as a unique opportunity to advance the shared interests of the cooperative ecosystem.

  • NCBA CLUSA supporting Kenya's efforts to strengthen legal framework for co-ops

    NCBA CLUSA signs an MOU with Kenya’s Ministry of Trade, Investment and Cooperatives.

    Formalizing a partnership with the Government of Kenya, NCBA CLUSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier this month with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, agreeing to jointly support the development of the country’s national policy and legal framework for co-ops. In collaboration with the Ministry, NCBA CLUSA will facilitate stakeholder participation in a review of the National Cooperative Development Policy and align it with the new Constitution, which was established in 2010. This effort builds on NCBA CLUSA’s work in fostering enabling environments for co-ops across East Africa, including the development of a co-op policy in Mozambique, and current collaboration with the Government of Madagascar.

  • Missed the 2017 Cooperative Hall of Fame? Videos and photos are now available online!

    This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.

    This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.This year’s inductees, from left: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol & John Zippert and Richard Larochelle.Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Cooperative Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception. The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) staff and supporters were honored by your presence and inspired by your stories. For those who were unable to attend, photos and videos from the event are now available online.

    Our congratulations to the 2017 inductees: John Johnson, Rita Haynes, Carol and John Zippert, and Richard Larochelle. Thank you for your leadership, courage, and commitment to cooperatives.

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  • Co-ops back in U.S. Census after 20-year absence

    Including co-ops in the 2017 Economic Census will help pinpoint the scope and impact of cooperative businesses nationwide.

    NCBA CLUSA is thrilled to announce that a decades-long absence of federally-reported data on co-ops in the U.S. will end with the 2017 Economic Census. The Office of Management and Budget on Friday approved without change or question the main 2017 Economic Census package, which includes a question identifying cooperative businesses. “This is a breakthrough moment for cooperatives nationwide,” said Judy Ziewacz, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. “The data gathered by the 2017 Economic Survey will fill a critical gap within the cooperative sector, allowing us to tell the story of cooperative economic impact in a more compelling way.”

  • By putting people over profit, co-ops are poised to grow inclusive economy

    Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually.

    Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually. Close to 100 NCBA CLUSA members participated in this year’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, either in person or virtually.Based on the results of NCBA CLUSA’s recent survey of its membership, cooperatives nationwide are active partners in building a more equitable, participatory, growing, sustainable and stable economy—factors that, according to a recent report from the Rockefeller Foundation, are integral to creating an inclusive economy.

    Unveiled during this week’s Annual Membership Meeting & Virtual Town Hall, the survey results inform a current effort by NCBA CLUSA to determine a “force for good,” or rallying point, that would unite the cooperative movement’s more than 100 million members in the U.S. in advancing NCBA CLUSA’s 100-year legacy of supporting cooperatives that build a better world.

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  • Only two days left to vote in NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors election!

    Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.

    Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.Election results will be announced at NCBA CLUSA’s Annual Business Meeting & Virtual Town Hall on May 2 at NCBA CLUSA headquarters in Washington, DC.NCBA CLUSA members have until Thursday, April 27 to vote in NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors election. This is your chance to help shape the body that directs and inspires the organization, bringing consistent focus to its longer-term impacts and future opportunities.

    There are eight candidates running to fill five seats on the 2017 Board of Directors: Joseph Bergeron, Cornelius Blanding, Linda Brockway, Carla Decker, Esteban Kelly, Barbara Peterson, Hans Theyer and Karen Zimbelman. Read their bios and candidate statements here.

    NCBA CLUSA’s Board election is handled electronically through Simply

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  • REI, Cabot join 2017 Cooperative Issues Forum lineup

    This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World.

    This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World. This year’s Cooperative Issues Forum is co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World.Registration is now open for the 2017 Cooperative Issues Forum, a gathering of co-op influencers and supporters that falls during Co-op Week, the U.S. co-op community’s annual emphasis week in May celebrating the business model and honoring its leaders and champions.

    Join co-hosts NCBA CLUSA, the Cooperative Development Foundation and Cooperatives for a Better World (CBW) on May 3, 2017, from 2-4:45 p.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. for this important conversation generously sponsored by the Ralph K. Morris Foundation

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  • NCBA CLUSA continues supporting vanilla co-ops in Madagascar through new USAID Trade Hub project

    Vanilla farmers in Madagascar learn how to form a cooperative.

    Through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development's East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, NCBA CLUSA is doubling down on its efforts to strengthen market-oriented vanilla cooperatives, increase incomes for vanilla farmers and create a more sustainable value chain with the Increasing Vanilla Value Chain Competitiveness project in Madagascar. This $100,000 USAID-funded project runs until October 2017 and leverages financial and technical support from a public-private partnership with a national vanilla exporter and a Fortune 1000 company.

  • Meet the candidates running for election to the 2017 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors

    The online election will open March 27 and close April 27. During this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing—those who have renewed their membership for 2017—are invited to cast their votes.

    The online election will open March 27 and close April 27. During this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing—those who have renewed their membership for 2017—are invited to cast their votes.The online election will open March 27 and close April 27. During this period, NCBA CLUSA members in good standing—those who have renewed their membership for 2017—are invited to cast their votes.NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce the candidates running to fill five seats on the 2017 Board of Directors: Joseph Bergeron, Cornelius Blanding, Linda Brockway, Carla Decker, Esteban Kelly, Barbara Peterson, Hans Theyer and Karen Zimbelman. 

    The NCBA CLUSA Board directs and inspires the organization. The Board brings consistent focus to the association’s longer term impacts, results, purposes and future opportunities to serve the needs of members; emphasizes proactive leadership in policy development, clear distinction and respect for board and management roles, collective decision-making after consideration and encouragement of a diversity of viewpoints and evaluation of organizational performance in terms

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  • 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....

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Fri Aug 18 12:07:10 +0000 2017

We are excited to see what a half ton of cranberries looks like! #CoopFestival Ocean Spray https://t.co/pJnrMrnH8N https://t.co/5BLJtOoPXP
Thu Aug 17 22:11:02 +0000 2017

With a half ton of cranberries, @OceanSprayInc joins us for #CoopFestival! STORY: https://t.co/pJnrMr65Kd #GoCoop https://t.co/FAPeIa413p
Thu Aug 17 21:49:14 +0000 2017

Great op-ed from Co-op Food Stores - they are getting excited about the #CoopFestival too! https://t.co/lf99Zh5Aht https://t.co/p4rp4bqmHp

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