• NCGA and partners raise more than $50,000 for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

    organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2organic-fruit-veggies-web 124a2As U.S. consumption of organic food grows, so does the demand for a new crop of young farmers committed to sustainable agriculture. Through a recent donation to the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, the National Cooperative Grocers Association is helping to support the next generation of organic farmers:

    National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) and more than 30 partners are proud to announce a donation of $50,437 to the ...

  • Passion & Purpose selects NCBA CLUSA as spotlight of network’s first online summit

    PPsummit-web dc8d0 795ffPPsummit-web dc8d0 795ffNCBA CLUSA is the non-profit spotlight for the inaugural Passion & Purpose Online Summit, the network announced in a press release over the weekend.

    As the event spotlight, NCBA CLUSA joins a select group of individuals, brands and causes that explore, live and share their passion and purpose—both for personal satisfaction and the benefit of broader society, said Bambi Weavil, director of Marketing for the network.

    “NCBA CLUSA’s global work represents the kind of partnerships

  • Two weeks left to register at Early Bird rates: 2014 Annual, Purchasing Cooperatives Conference

    depot-hotel-ACC-web 13782depot-hotel-ACC-web 13782There are two weeks left to save $100 when you register for the Annual or Purchasing Cooperatives Conference ahead of the last-minute rush. Don't miss out on all the great networking and valuable content planned for you and your peers in September!

    Early bird pricing is available through July 31; rates will increase by $100 on August 1. Click here to register.

    The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is offering ACC and PCC attendees a discount on

  • Historic first at the B20 Business Summit: Co-operative sector at the table

    B20-logo-web c8e7aB20-logo-web c8e7aThe Business 20 (B20) will convene international business leaders from the G20 countries in Cannes this November, among them the summit’s first cooperative representative, Dr. Andrew Crane, CEO of Australian grain cooperative CBH. Crane’s appointment to the B20 is expected to bring a new perspective on economic diversity and resiliency in times of crisis to the summit, the International Co-operative Alliance said in this media release:

    As B20 talks in Australia are to start, Australian Dr. Andrew Crane’s appointment to the Business 20 marks the

  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary proclaims August 3 – 9 National Farmers Market Week

    farmers-market-shutterstock-web 69cb5farmers-market-shutterstock-web 69cb5[photo: shutterstock]The 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week recognizes the key role farmers markets play in the agriculture and food economy, helping grow rural economies and increase access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables. The United States Department of

  • Industry first: Co-operative Energy invites customers to choose their electricity source

    solar-farm-web b0b1fsolar-farm-web b0b1f[photo courtesy Co-operative News]In a move that marks an industry first, U.K.-based Co-operative Energy is inviting its customers to fully engage in the energy generation process by choosing where their electricity is sourced. Co-operative News published

  • NRECA congratulates Senate Foreign Relations Committee on quick passage of 'Energize Africa Act'

    nreca-international 4327enreca-international 4327eIn June, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker introduced legislation that promotes access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association responded with this press release expressing appreciation for the act's quick passage: 

    National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson

  • Domains.coop launches cooperative identity toolkit

    7reasons 9f6977reasons 9f697Domains.coop launched a toolkit last week meant to encourage more organizations to complete their cooperative identity by adopting the email and web address Top Level Domain “.coop” and the cooperative logo, or “marque.”

    The toolkit includes a downloadable poster, a video message from Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Co-operative Alliance, video tutorials, message points for newsletters

  • NCBA CLUSA President Mike Beall to speak at first ‘Passion & Purpose’ summit

    PPsummit-web dc8d0PPsummit-web dc8d0The first Passion & Purpose Online Summit will convene 20 diverse speakers who will share motivating stories and life experiences via live webinar July 24 to 28.

    Called “Ignite your Passion: 5 Days, 5 Ways,” the summit asks speakers to represent themselves and their topic in a way that reflects both the passion and purpose of their brand.

    The format includes a 30-minute presentation by each speaker about a life experience or story that

  • Upswing in power sales secures electric co-ops as fastest-growing segment of industry

    shutterstock powerlines-web c561eshutterstock powerlines-web c561eA recent upswing in power sales indicates that co-ops continue to be the fastest-growing segment of the electric utility industry. ECT Staff Writer Steven Johnson reports in this story published by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association:

    The decline in power sales for electric cooperatives is over—at least for now.

    Reversing a recent trend, electric cooperatives’ median kilowatt-hour sales grew by 3.13 percent in 2013, according to an assessment conducted by the National Rural

  • Credit unions a good option for anyone, even NBA stars

    shutterstock basketball-web 4dc3bshutterstock basketball-web 4dc3bShould credit unions reach out to pro athletes? Bill Hampel, president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association, explores the issue in this op-ed:

    The recent op-ed by the leader of the American Bankers Association (ABA), former Gov. Frank Keating “Should taxpayers subsidize sports stars’ checking accounts?” is correct in pointing out that the Federal Credit Union Act passed in 1934, but that’s about all it got right. 

    Credit unions are tax-exempt based on their structure as

  • Alabama credit unions join nationwide 'Bank On' campaign for unbanked

    cuna logo1 ae237cuna logo1 ae237A nationwide initiative called “Bank On” is helping people who have experienced past financial troubles join the financial mainstream by reducing barriers to banking and providing education in financial literacy. The Credit Union National Association published this report on the latest credit unions to join the effort:

    Four Alabama credit unions have joined a national campaign to help consumers become more financially independent.

    In south Alabama, the Bank On initiative includes more than 20 credit unions and banks that offer financial

  • Don’t forget: USDA webinar with Lillian Salerno this week!

    webinars-graphic-web 4dcecwebinars-graphic-web 4dcecIt’s not too late to register for the second installment in a webinar series presented by Lillian Salerno, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, on July 10, 2014 at 2 p.m.

    Click here to register! 

    Hosted by NCBA CLUSA, the ongoing webinar series convenes the cooperative stakeholder community to hear directly from Administrator Salerno and her staff about the

  • Namibia sees spike in Conservation Agriculture as smallholder farmers receive agri-business loans

    namibia-rip-furrow 6266enamibia-rip-furrow 6266eThe New Era Newspaper recently published this story about NCBA CLUSA's Namibia Conservation Agriculture project:

    Conservation Agriculture is the new buzzword in the seven communal crop-producing regions of northern Namibia after Kongalend Financial Services announced special small agri-business financing packages to farmers last week.

    Richard Shikongo, the Namibia Conservation Agriculture Project (NCAP) coordinator and

  • Alaska's first food co-op wins 'Startup of the Year' award

    alaska-coop2-web 1b945alaska-coop2-web 1b945Food Co-op Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to supporting startup food co-ops. Its service enable hundreds of volunteer groups to improve access to healthy food and build local economies. FCI Executive Director Stuart Reid sent NCBA CLUSA this story about a cooperative milestone in Alaska:

    The 2014 Food Co-op Startup of the Year goes to Co-op Market Grocery & Deli in Fairbanks, Alaska, Food

  • 'Want a latte with that deposit?' How credit unions could adapt to serve un-branched members

    harrington-ACUC b6e97harrington-ACUC b6e97As customers increasingly turn to smartphones or tablets for their banking needs, how will the role of the traditional credit union branch change? The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) explored the possibilities in this recent article:

    Like it or not, with consumers able to carry around mobile bank branches on their smartphones and tablets, credit unions, like all financial institutions, are going to have to figure out ways to adapt to the change in the way members receive financial services.

    "We're talking about those

  • NRECA to match staff donations to American Cancer Society

    nreca-logo-web 5b56dnreca-logo-web 5b56dRepresenting the interests of more than 900 electric cooperatives across the U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association provides retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states. NRECA recently published this story about its efforts to combat cancer:

    Staffers at NRECA’s offices in two states and the nation’s capital have found many ways to join the fight to conquer cancer, including dipping into their wallets to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

    “Our goal

  • KREMC-sponsored students attend Touchstone Energy® Camp

    KREMC-group-web 737d3KREMC-group-web 737d3In June, five local sixth graders attended Touchstone Energy® Camp at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana. Kosciusko REMC, a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, has sponsored this exciting summer experience for twelve years.

    Campers enjoyed three fun-filled days of traditional sleep-away summer camp activities like zip lining, horseback riding, rock climbing, archery, swimming and campfires. But at Touchstone Energy® Camp, campers also learn about

  • New York City invests $1.2 million in worker cooperatives

    In a move recognizing the role of co-ops to create quality jobs and spur local economic growth, the New York City Council today voted to approve the city’s annual budget, which includes a historic $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker cooperatives.

  • NCBA CLUSA VP for Advocacy Alan Knapp highlights co-ops on ‘A Capitol Idea’

    knapp-capitolidea-web ca861knapp-capitolidea-web ca861NCBA CLUSA Vice President for Advocacy Alan Knapp guested on an episode of Congressman Chaka Fattah’s public affairs show, A Capitol Idea, dedicated to spurring job creation and economic growth through cooperative development.

    With its entrepreneurial instinct and economic opportunity, the U.S. is primed to foster cooperative growth, Knapp said. “More and more people want to own their own businesses; they want to have a vote and a say in those businesses, so co-ops are really growing.”

    When it comes to raising awareness of



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