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  • Still time to register for tomorrow's free webinar on engaging Millennials

    A webinar hosted by NCBA CLUSA tomorrow will explore strategies for hiring, managing, learning from and selling to Millennials.

    A webinar hosted by NCBA CLUSA tomorrow will explore strategies for hiring, managing, learning from and selling to Millennials.A webinar hosted by NCBA CLUSA tomorrow will explore strategies for hiring, managing, learning from and selling to Millennials.For many cooperatives in 2017, hiring, training and managing millennials present unique challenges for management. To help navigate this conversation, frequent NCBA CLUSA speaker and CEO of Tortal Training Evan Hackel will examine the millennial mindset in the workplace during a webinar on Wednesday, March 8, from 1 – 2 p.m. EST. ...

  • Roasters and coffee producers connect at NCBA CLUSA’s Coffee Origins event

    Coffee is cupped for quality at NCBA CLUSA's Coffee Origins event last week.

    Coffee is cupped for quality at NCBA CLUSA's Coffee Origins event last week.Coffee is cupped for quality at NCBA CLUSA's Coffee Origins event last week.Bringing roasters, buyers and coffee producers together last week, NCBA CLUSA, in partnership with the USAID Cooperative Development Program, hosted producers from five Latin American countries for a coffee fair and networking event on Thursday.

    Representing cooperatives and producer organizations, each group was able to host a coffee tasting and give a short presentation to attendees, highlighting not only the quality coffee, but why investing in co-op coffee has

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  • Cooperative Hall of Fame inductee spotlight: Rita L. Haynes

    Rita L. Haynes, CEO emeritus of Faith Community United Credit Union, is among a group of outstanding cooperative leaders who will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 3, 2017, when they are inducted to the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

    Rita L. Haynes, CEO emeritus of Faith Community United Credit Union, is among a group of outstanding cooperative leaders who will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 3, 2017, when they are inducted to the Cooperative Hall of Fame. Rita L. Haynes, CEO emeritus of Faith Community United Credit Union, is among a group of outstanding cooperative leaders who will receive the cooperative community’s highest honor on May 3, 2017, when they are inducted to the Cooperative Hall of Fame.

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  • NCBA CLUSA launches new Feed the Future project to connect thousands of smallholder farmers in Indonesia to international markets

    A pepper nursery in Papua, Indonesia supported by NCBA CLUSA’s previous project in the region. The new project works to build off its success in public-private partnerships.

    A pepper nursery in Papua, Indonesia supported by NCBA CLUSA’s previous project in the region. The new project works to build off its success in public-private partnerships.A pepper nursery in Papua, Indonesia supported by NCBA CLUSA’s previous project in the region. The new project works to build off its success in public-private partnerships.A pepper nursery in Papua, Indonesia supported by NCBA CLUSA’s previous project in the region. The new project works to build off its

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  • New Co-ops for Community Scout Patch Program Activity Booklet released ahead of National Girl Scout Day

    Scouts and other youth community groups can learn how the cooperative business model empowers members and impacts communities through the Co-ops for Community Scout Patch Program. [photo: Cabot Creamery]

    Scouts and other youth community groups can learn how the cooperative business model empowers members and impacts communities through the Co-ops for Community Scout Patch Program. [photo: Cabot Creamery]Scouts and other youth community groups can learn how the cooperative business model empowers members and impacts communities through the Co-ops for Community Scout Patch Program. [photo: Cabot Creamery]Scouts and other youth community groups can learn how the cooperative business

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  • U.S. mutual insurance sector continues to outperform the industry

    The mutual insurance sector has been the fastest-growing part of the U.S. insurance industry since the global financial crisis.

    The mutual insurance sector has been the fastest-growing part of the U.S. insurance industry since the global financial crisis.The mutual insurance sector has been the fastest-growing part of the U.S. insurance industry since the global financial crisis.The mutual insurance sector has been the fastest-growing part of the U.S. insurance industry since the global financial crisis.The mutual insurance sector in the United States continued to outperform the

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  • Low-Cost nurseries are major cost savings for Salvadoran coffee farmers rebuilding post coffee-rust

    Coffee beans grow from seedlings at Las Lajas Co-op in El Salvador, which has grown over 325,000 Icatu seedlings for its high-altitude production.

    Coffee beans grow from seedlings at Las Lajas Co-op in El Salvador, which has grown over 325,000 Icatu seedlings for its high-altitude production.Coffee beans grow from seedlings at Las Lajas Co-op in El Salvador, which has grown over 325,000 Icatu seedlings for its high-altitude production.Coffee beans grow from seedlings at Las Lajas Co-op in El Salvador, which has grown over 325,000 Icatu seedlings for its high-altitude production.As coffee leaf rust began

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  • Cooperative Development Foundation raises $35K to help cacao co-ops rebuild post quake

    One of the co-ops benefiting from the grant sources cocoa beans for Equal Exchange’s Ecuador Organic Dark Chocolate bars.

    One of the co-ops benefiting from the grant sources cocoa beans for Equal Exchange’s Ecuador Organic Dark Chocolate bars.One of the co-ops benefiting from the grant sources cocoa beans for Equal Exchange’s Ecuador Organic Dark Chocolate bars.One of the co-ops benefiting from the grant sources cocoa beans for Equal Exchange’s Ecuador Organic Dark Chocolate bars.Through a grant from its Cooperative Development Fund, the ...

  • How Tennessee electric co-ops could help scale the digital divide

    At the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association legislative conference, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam discusses his bill to lift broadband restrictions on electric co-ops. [photo: TECA]

    At the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association legislative conference, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam discusses his bill to lift broadband restrictions on electric co-ops. [photo: TECA]At the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association legislative conference, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam discusses his bill to lift broadband restrictions on electric co-ops. [photo: TECA]At the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association legislative conference, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

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  • National Co+op Grocers honored with first "Organic Champion" award

    The business services co-op for 148 retail food co-ops nationwide, National Co+op Grocers creates opportunities for businesses wishing to enter the organic marketplace.

    The business services co-op for 148 retail food co-ops nationwide, National Co+op Grocers creates opportunities for businesses wishing to enter the organic marketplace. The business services co-op for 148 retail food co-ops nationwide, National Co+op Grocers creates opportunities for businesses wishing to enter the organic marketplace.The business services co-op for 148 retail food co-ops nationwide, National Co+op Grocers creates opportunities for businesses wishing to

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  • NCB recognized for celebrating quality and excellence in employee health

    From left: Yana Kandakova, Kathryn Schramm, Diego Malvar and Nida Sae-Chua, four of National Cooperative Bank’s health challenge winners. [photo: NCB]

    From left: Yana Kandakova, Kathryn Schramm, Diego Malvar and Nida Sae-Chua, four of National Cooperative Bank’s health challenge winners. [photo: NCB]From left: Yana Kandakova, Kathryn Schramm, Diego Malvar and Nida Sae-Chua, four of National Cooperative Bank’s health challenge winners. [photo: NCB]From left: Yana Kandakova, Kathryn Schramm, Diego Malvar and Nida Sae-Chua, four of National Cooperative Bank’s health challenge winners. [photo: NCB]National

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  • How Tilla, Niger became the “Cleanliness Capital”

    The Tilla Village Sanitation Committee poses in front of their sign encouraging the use of latrines.

    The Tilla Village Sanitation Committee poses in front of their sign encouraging the use of latrines.The Tilla Village Sanitation Committee poses in front of their sign encouraging the use of latrines.The Tilla Village Sanitation Committee poses in front of their sign encouraging the use of latrines.There is something striking as soon as one arrives in Tilla Village: how clean it is. Both major paths and narrow passes are neat. Public spaces, such as the

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  • Why Salvadoran coffee farmers are planting cucumbers and tomatoes

    Quick-yield crops like cucumbers can be planted 2-3 times per season and produce upwards of five times more profit than a rust-plagued coffee crop.

    Quick-yield crops like cucumbers can be planted 2-3 times per season and produce upwards of five times more profit than a rust-plagued coffee crop.Quick-yield crops like cucumbers can be planted 2-3 times per season and produce upwards of five times more profit than a rust-plagued coffee crop.Quick-yield crops like cucumbers can be planted 2-3 times per season and produce upwards of five times more profit than a rust-plagued coffee crop.There’s a well-known season

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  • Opinion: Why Co-op training and education matters

    The Fifth Cooperative Principle emphasizes the need for education and training. This is fundamental to the cooperative movement, not only to ensure the success of existing cooperatives with an informed membership and professional management, but also for future leaders of cooperative businesses. By educating emerging leaders about the advantages of the cooperative approach and how to run successful cooperatives, we make sure that future generations are able to empower themselves in their businesses and in their communities. Last week while visiting Minneapolis, I saw the Fifth Principle in action and its powerful impact on the co-op economy for that city and the state of Minnesota.

  • Opinion: Winning by cooperating

    For nearly 20 years, residents of Northeast Greensboro, North Carolina, had nowhere to shop for food in their neighborhood. That changed in late 2016, when the long-awaited Renaissance Community Co-op opened, a healthy, affordable and community-owned grocery store funded in part by Self-Help Credit Union's Self-Help Venture Fund. For journalist Robert McGarvey, it's a perfect example of the power co-ops have when they support each other. He explores Principle #6 in an opinion piece published last week by CU Insight.

  • One week left to submit nominations for NCBA CLUSA’s 2017 Board of Directors

    2017 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors Election2017 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors ElectionNominees interested in running to fill five seats on the 2017 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors, which guides and inspires the organization, have one week left to complete and submit this Nomination Form with requested supplemental material to the Nominating Committee.  

    
Please email this information to be forwarded to the Nominating Committee to Klaretta Fowler at

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  • $1.4 million USDA/NCBA CLUSA co-investment fund backs Salvadoran coffee farmers as they rebuild post-coffee rust

    A worker-owner plants rust-resistant coffee seedlings at Las Lajas Cooperative.

    A worker-owner plants rust-resistant coffee seedlings at Las Lajas Cooperative.A worker-owner plants rust-resistant coffee seedlings at Las Lajas Cooperative.A worker-owner plants rust-resistant coffee seedlings at Las Lajas Cooperative.Rebuilding El Salvador’s iconic coffee industry doesn’t come at a low cost. When coffee rust started affecting the crop in 2013—slashing production levels and wiping out entire farms’ worth of coffee plants—the industry was at

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  • NCBA CLUSA hosts first ever Cooperative Leadership Event in Madagascar

    madagascar CLE 500 333 9fb16madagascar CLE 500 333 9fb16Day one of the Cooperative Leadership Forum in Madagascar. The conference runs through February 17 and is supported by the country's Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development, which governs legislation on co-ops. This week over 200 agriculture co-op leaders and supporters are gathering in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, for the first ever cooperative

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  • Let’s take the mystery out of training Millennials

    millennials training 500 333 a308bmillennials training 500 333 a308bA webinar hosted by NCBA CLUSA next month will explore strategies for hiring, managing, learning from and selling to Millennials.For many cooperatives in 2017, hiring, training and managing millennials present unique challenges for management. In a featured guest column for Co-op Weekly (reprinted below with permission from ...

  • Nominations now open for the 2017 CCMA Awards for Cooperative Excellence

    ccma 2017 logo2 500 333 d7292ccma 2017 logo2 500 333 d7292The 2017 Awards for Cooperative Excellence will be announced at the Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Nominations are now open for the 2017 CCMA Awards for Cooperative Excellence. The Awards recognize food cooperatives and members of the food cooperative

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Wed Dec 13 23:00:06 +0000 2017

New co-op development center in #Ohio! Thanks to @usdaRD funds! @OhioState #GoCoop #cooperatives STORY:… https://t.co/Vs62451hMM
Wed Dec 13 23:00:04 +0000 2017

In the battle for #netneutrality can #cooperatives keep the internet democratic? Great piece from @YESmaghttps://t.co/CLds0YmXyo
Wed Dec 13 22:39:04 +0000 2017

RT @RGCcoffee: Very proud to be included in an article by @NCBACLUSA featuring Coop San Antonio in El Salvador. Also thanks to @BlueHarvest

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