Special Statement - ZIKA Virus Alert

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 Posted August 2, 2016 - 4:33pm EST

Please be advised that on August 2, 2016 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel warning for the Miami, Florida area due to an elevated number of confirmed Zika virus cases reported. The health and safety of our members and participants is our top priority and we realize that this may cause travel concerns for our attendees and speakers. Based on this information, NCBA CLUSA is working through various options that will provide a safe meeting space for all participants. Updates will be posted as they become available.  Resources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Florida Statement

Updated August 8, 2016 - 3:39pm EST: No announced changes to the program or location at this time.

NCBA CLUSA signs 10 MOUs to support El Salvador's Coffee Sector

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In partnership with local public, private and cooperative organizations, NCBA CLUSA signed ten Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) last fall to work to stem the losses from coffee rust. The organizations included exporters, quality experts, local coffee co-ops and others interested in supporting the sector in El Salvadaor.

“Our project will not make political or economic distinctions when giving support to growers. We will work with anyone willing to face and overcome this crisis of the coffee sector in El Salvador,” said Stanley Kuehn, NCBA CLUSA’s project Chief of Party, during his opening remarks at the MOU signing ceremony. “We cannot allow coffee to lose the quality that has characterized El Salvador for so many years.” IMG 3891.CR2 8634bIMG 3891.CR2 8634b[A member of Cooperativa Ciudad Barios moves coffee beans in El Salvador.]

Kuehn also underlined the Project’s commitment to respect the Salvadoran Environmental Law in order to protect, preserve, and recover the forest ecosystem.

“This commitment to the environment encourages us to promote organic practices for crops. We will work to ensure that growers learn to incorporate environmentally friendly practices through the manufacture and use of organic inputs in their farms,” Kuehn said. After the ceremony, attendees were invited to tour the organic input factory of Las Lajas cooperative to see first hand some of the best practices in organic processing.

Also in attendance were Miguel Herrera, USDA representative in El Salvador, and Orestes Ortez, El Salvador’s Minister of Agriculture and Livestock as well as current partners including Banco Hipotecario and CENTA-Café, with which NCBA CLUSA is currently working in order to build partnerships for the benefit of the sector.

Minister Ortez also addressed the event attendants and committed to working hand-in-hand with NCBA CLUSA in order to join efforts and continue supporting growers across the country. Working with the private sector, government and international partners, the El Salvador coffee sector has real potential to bounce back.

Submit your photos to our 100th anniversary #IAmACoop Contest

100yrs social graphic f5445100yrs social graphic f5445March is the first month for NCBA CLUSA's photo contest celebrating 100 years of cooperatives that build a better world! This month's theme is Women Pioneers and Co-ops.

During each month of 2016, beginning in March, NCBA CLUSA is accepting submissions that are posted on social media with the hashtag #IAmACoop or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.NCBA CLUSA members and supporters are encouraged to submit photos they believe best demonstrate the power of cooperation or the monthly theme (see below for a list of monthly themes). A winner will be announced each month and will receive a co-op prize pack! 

To submit a photo, post it on social media with the hashtag #IAmACoop and tag either NCBA CLUSA’s Facebook page or Twitter handle, @NCBACLUSA. Entrants may also submit photos via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: Co-op Photo Contest.

Submitted photos will be collected in a Facebook album by monthly theme during the last week of every month, for March submissions must be in by March 24, 2016. By the end of that week, the photo with the most “likes” in the Facebook album will win the monthly contest. Each winner will receive a co-op prize pack. 

Photos tagged with #IAmACoop warrant a submission to the photo contest. If any photos tagged with #IAmACoop wish to be removed from the album, contact NCBA CLUSA. Click here to read additional details and permissions. 

Monthly Themes
March – Women Pioneers and Co-ops
April – Co-ops and International Development
May – Resilience
June – Farm to Table
July – Entrepreneurship
August – Buy Local
September – Rural America
October – Future Leaders

We look forward to seeing your submissions for March!

 

 

Amherst—home to CCMA 2016—boasts vibrant farm-to-table food culture

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Amherst—where “only the ‘h’ is silent—is among the U.S. News and World Report’s “10 Greatest College Towns.” More than 30,000 college students call Amherst home, contributing to a diverse academic scene that helps give Amherst its reputation for political and social engagement.

Known for its vibrant farm-to-table food culture, Western Massachusetts is a hub for food cooperatives committed to building a sustainable, just food economy. Click here to view a complete list and map of Neighboring Food Co-op Association members. Here are a few nearby food co-ops:

Green Fields Co-op Market (Greenfield, MA}
Leverett Village Food Co-op (Leverett, MA)
McCusker’s Co-op Market ( Shelburne Falls, MA)
Old Creamery Co-op (Cummington, MA)
Quabbin Harvest Food Co-op (Orange, MA)
River Valley Co-op (Northampton, MA)
Wild Oats Co-op Market (Williamstown, MA)
Brattleboro Food Co-op (Brattleboro, VT)
Putney Food Co-op (Putney, VT)
Monadnock Food Co-op (Keene, NH)

Amherst is also home to myriad natural, cultural and historical resources worth exploring during conference downtime. The city is about an hour’s drive from the Berkshires, a rural, mountainous region known for its striking foliage and cultural activities including the iconic Tanglewood Music Festival—an outdoor concert series and the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The region also boasts thriving theater, dance and art scenes.

The Mohawk Trail, a Native American trade route that later became America’s first scenic automobile route, winds through northwest Massachusetts and offers stunning views of the region. Museum buffs will find a unique collection of museums in Western Massachusetts, ranging from the Basketball Hall of Fame to the Emily Dickinson Museum. Amherst is also home to the Mead Art Museum and the Museum of Picture Book Art.

Bowling fans should check out the Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley, which has continued the local tradition of candlepin bowling since 1906. Other popular destinations include the Botanical Garden of Smith College, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens and Historic Deerfield, an authentic 300-year-old New England village.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Skinner Mountain State Park, Shelburne Falls Bridge of Flowers and taking a spin on the Norwottuck Rail-Trail Bike Path, which stretches from Amherst to Northampton.

Boston, the state capital, is just a two-hour drive from Amherst and offers a wide range of historical sites, cultural activities, museums and sports events.

CCMA attendees looking for dining options will find plenty to pick from, including Judie’s Restaurant, a local institution and home of the popover. Here are some additional nearby dining options:

Five Eyed Fox (Turner’s Falls, MA
The People’s Pint (Greenfield, MA)
Magpie (Greenfield, MA)
Seymour (Greenfield, MA)
Hope & Olive (Greenfield, MA)
Brick & Feather Brewery (Turner’s Falls, MA)
The Farm Table (Bernardston, MA)
Johnny’s Tavern (Amherst, MA)

All Western Massachusetts is missing is you! Register now for the 2016 CCMA Conference and join NCBA CLUSA is scenic Amherst this summer!

 

 

Less than a month to take advantage of early-bird pricing for Impact 2016

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There are just three weeks left to lock in the early-bird member rate of $250 for NCBA CLUSA’s 2016 Annual Cooperatives Conference, scheduled for May 2 – 4 in Washington, D.C. The only cross-sector event in the nation’s capital that speaks with a united voice to our elected officials and policymakers about issues critical to U.S. cooperatives, Impact 2016 provides a unique opportunity to help shape the future of the cooperative movement.

You can play an integral role in this process. Every registrant for the 2016 Annual Cooperatives Conference will be assigned to an Advocacy Team of four or five cooperators. On May 3, each team will participate in scheduled meetings with senators, representatives and/or their staffs. This Hike the Hill event lets federal officials know who co-ops are, what co-ops look like and why consumers consistently choose goods and services provided by co-ops. During last year’s Hike the Hill, conference attendees met with more than one-third of the Senate and successfully lobbied for the establishment of a bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus. This year’s Hike the Hill will focus on recruiting caucus members. The caucus currently has three members: Co-chair Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), co-chair Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Rep Reid Ribble (R-WI). Register now to be a part of this important conference and save money in the process. After March 18, NCBA CLUSA member and non-member rates will increase. Not an NCBA CLUSA member yet? Join today and benefit from the member discount on conference registration. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

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