• Help get cacao cooperatives up and running again in Ecuador

    equal exchange chocolate ecuador 500 333equal exchange chocolate ecuador 500 333If you’ve enjoyed one of Equal Exchange’s Ecuador Organic Dark Chocolate bars, you appreciate cooperative chocolate. Fortaleza del Valle, one of the cocoa bean suppliers for the bar, suffered significant property damage during last year’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake—one of the country’s worst natural disasters in a decade.

    Founded in 2005, Fortaleza del Valle is improving living conditions for small-scale cacao producers in the Manabí Province of Ecuador. The co-op has developed

  • NAFCU has new name effective January 1, 2017

    nafcu new logonafcu new logoThe National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) will operate under a new name as of January 1, 2017—the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions—to reflect that all the association’s federally-insured members now have full voting rights and the ability to serve on the NAFCU Board of Directors.

    “While our name change reflects our mission to serve all federally-insured credit unions, our focus remains the same,” said NAFCU Chair Richard L. Harris, president and CEO of Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union. “We remain committed to

  • Save the date for NCBA CLUSA’s inaugural Co-op Impact Conference!

    impact conf banner 600 1impact conf banner 600 1The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is proud to announce the inaugural Co-op Impact Conference, coming in October 2017. 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 internationally. 

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to collaborate and engage with co-op members, supporters, policymakers and other stakeholders. Impact 2017 will replace the sector-specific conferences NCBA CLUSA has traditionally

  • Leading her community: Why one young Guatemalan woman decided to stay

    Angelita GuatemalaAngelita GuatemalaAngelita stands outside her local Nuevo Eden Coffee Co-op. [photo: America Magazine]At only 18 years old, Angelita is already a leader in her community. A volunteer firefighter, midwife and highly skilled in coffee cultivation, she commands more respect than her age would suggest.

    These days, Angelita Paz Cardona works with her community to train them on nutrition, animal care and financial management. Through the training and support of NCBA

  • Salvadoran coffee cooperative gets marketplace boost with new packaging

    SanCarlos Coop President 500SanCarlos Coop President 500[From left: Israel Márquez, president of San Carlos Dos Cooperative, and Margarito Gómez, a coffee cupper who determines quality.]On a recent field visit to the San Carlos Dos Coffee Cooperative in eastern El Salvador, it didn’t take organic coffee specialist, Douglas Barcenas, more than a sip of the steaming, high-altitude coffee to realize that the co-op had a high-quality, gourmet product on

  • Exciting changes coming to CBJ Online in 2017!

    cbj online 500cbj online 500NCBA CLUSA is pleased to announce that in 2017, the CBJ Online will return to its roots—a quarterly Cooperative Business Journal with an emphasis on thought leadership, scholarly research and opinion pieces.

    The weekly roundup of co-op news and events you’re currently subscribed to will continue, but be renamed the Co-op Weekly. Everyone subscribed to CBJ Online will continue to receive the Co-op Weekly in their inboxes every Tuesday.

    Readers interested in in-depth analysis and cutting-edge research within the cooperative space are invited to subscribe to the Journal early next year. Our

  • U.S. Ambassador visits East Timor project sites to celebrate national holiday

    Ambassador Stanton East Timor nursery webAmbassador Stanton East Timor nursery web[U.S. Ambassador to East Timor Karen Stanton visits a nursery for Robusta coffee, shade trees and moringa in Patoo.]Attending Proclamation of Independence Day events in East Timor last month, U.S. Ambassador Karen Stanton traveled to the eastern part of the island to both celebrate the holiday and visit U.S.-funded projects in the region.

  • Volunteer Erin Schneider reflects on Farmer-to-Farmer assignments

    [Erin Schneider poses with a group of women farmers in a village near Kaolack, Senegal, after a composting demonstration.]

    [Erin Schneider poses with a group of women farmers in a village near Kaolack, Senegal, after a composting demonstration.][Erin Schneider poses with a group of women farmers in a village near Kaolack, Senegal, after a composting demonstration.]Repeat volunteer Erin Schneider recently returned from her fifth trip to Senegal with the Farmer-to-Farmer program. A a professional farmer, Schneider will return to Senegal yet again in January 2017 to train a group of women on beekeeping. She has completed assignments through ...

  • USDA recruits new researchers for State Cooperative Statute Library

    Coop Statute Header 500Coop Statute Header 500The State Cooperative Statute Library team has recruited three new researchers to help complete the project, which is still slated for official release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in early 2017.

    Mike Traxinger, Corporate Attorney for Wheat Growers Cooperative in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a member of the American Agricultural Law Association Board of Directors, will help research Minnesota and/or North Dakota cooperative law.

    Aleta Botts, Executive Director of the ...

  • New president, new Congress, new opportunity

    In an opinion piece published this week by The Hill, former Reps. Jim Nussle (R-IA) and Jim Matheson (D-UT)—now president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), respectively—urge the incoming administration and 115th Congress to work together “in the spirit of cooperation” to achieve “meaningful change” in America. NCBA CLUSA applauds this call for bipartisanship, a hallmark of its Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus.

  • NCBA CLUSA and U.S. co-op community monitoring potential tax reform legislation in 2017

    tax reform 500tax reform 500NCBA CLUSA and numerous cross-sector organizations representing the cooperative movement in the United States continue to meet, discuss and unite around the potential of Congress introducing fundamental tax reform legislation that advocates say could substantially impact cooperatives in the country.

    While the exact language and timing of a prospective bill are currently unclear, all indications suggest that the incoming Trump Administration and the 115th Congress have identified fundamental tax reform among their key agenda items for 2017.

    “Tax policy is fundamental to the way

  • El Salvador hosts first International Sustainable Coffee Conference, boosting learning and contracts for coffee industry

    ElSal coffee conference 500ElSal coffee conference 500[El Savlador co-op producers attend the first ever International Sustainable Coffee Conference hosted in El Salvador.]Bringing together over 600 Salvadoran and international participants to learn first-hand about best practices coming out of the organic and sustainable coffee industry, EL Salvador hosted its first ever International Sustainable Coffee Conference in late October this year.

  • NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Charlene Nash wins Volunteer of the Year Award

    F2F CharleneNash 500F2F CharleneNash 500[Charlene Nash, second from right, with the NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer program support team that nominated her.]On International Volunteer Day, December 5, in Washington, D.C., a broad spectrum of volunteers, congressional champions, government officials, nonprofit organizations and major corporations gathered to celebrate the contributions of volunteers to effective global development.

    At the

  • State-by-state, provision-by-provision comparison of U.S. co-op statutes now available

    A comprehensive, state-by-state review of co-op law

    A comprehensive, state-by-state review of co-op lawA comprehensive, state-by-state review of co-op lawA comprehensive, state-by-state review of co-op lawAgriculture and general cooperative statutes for the state of Virginia along with an a state-by-state, provision-by-provision comparison of all the existing laws are the newest additions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development's State Cooperative Statute Library,

  • NCBA CLUSA president & CEO Judy Ziewacz recognized with Cooperative Builder Award

    ziewacz builder award 500ziewacz builder award 500[Judy Ziewacz, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA, receives the 2016 Cooperative Builder Award.]Judy Ziewacz, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA, was among recipients of the 2016 Cooperative Builder Award, presented at a November 14 banquet during the Cooperative Network’s annual meeting in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

    The annual distinction honors individuals who

  • Co-op to co-op trade trip brings coffee buyers to Guatemala

    FECCEG youth coffee cupping guatemala 500FECCEG youth coffee cupping guatemala 500[Youth co-op leaders from FECCEG cooperative federation prepare coffee for a cupping, or quality tasting for U.S. trade delegates.]Traceability is the new buzzword in the coffee industry. To ensure fair trade standards and important production needs such as organic, rainforest alliance or others, trips to where coffee producers live and work are

  • Recruiting Millennials could be key to growing home care cooperative sector

    home care conf millennials 500home care conf millennials 500[Attendees of the inaugural Home Care Cooperatives Conference.]Soaring student debt, stagnating wages and a dubious job market are producing a generation of young people receptive to the cooperative business model, said Thomas Showalter, director of the National Youth Employment Coalition, an organization that serves more than 6 million Millennials who are out of school and

  • A brighter future in Mozambique from seed to harvest

    phoenix SEEDS 500 56af8phoenix SEEDS 500 56af8[An employee of Pheonix Seeds packages smallholder friendly sized bags of improved seeds for sale throughout the agro-dealer network.]Cristina Pulseira is leading a session with her neighbors. Digging up the soil to show them the difference from one side of her farm to the other, she holds warm, soft soil, almost like compost, in one hand; in the other hand, the soil is dry, closer to dust. Her farm is right

  • Cell Network platform for farmer training launches in Mozambique

    trainer tablet PROMAC 500 701d4trainer tablet PROMAC 500 701d4[Trainers, like Abcina for the PROMAC Project, pictured here with her tablet, will be able to use the 321 system as part of their trainings.]Launched last week as part of the NCBA CLUSA’s Information Communication Technology project in Mozambique, e-Extensão, Mozambican farmers will be able to access time sensitive

  • Show your local co-op some love on Small Business Saturday and give to CDF on Giving Tuesday!

    shop small saturday 2016 500 7121dshop small saturday 2016 500 7121dThis holiday season, consider a new shopping tradition. Beat the crowds and avoid the consumer frenzy at big box stores on Black Friday by instead supporting your favorite neighborhood co-op on November 26, Small Business Saturday!

    Then, extend the goodwill through the holiday season and continue to support cooperatives around the country by making a donation to the Cooperative Development Foundation on ...


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