• 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

  • Purchasing Cooperatives Conference session preview: ‘The Changing Face of Distribution’

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    A distributor’s biggest competition used to be “the guy down the street.” Not anymore. Today, distributors are faced with not only traditional competitors, but also mega-companies expanding across the country through mergers and acquisitions.

    New online retailers like Amazon Supply, Google and others are creating upheaval in the distribution sector. Competition is fierce, margins are getting slimmer and this is impacting the entire supply chain as well as relationships between distributors and their customers.

    In a session

  • United Nations Federal Credit Union expands footprint to Washington, D.C.

    ribbon-cutting-UNFCU-web ecfbaribbon-cutting-UNFCU-web ecfbaUNFCU hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 25 at the opening of its first branch in Washington, D.C.New NCBA CLUSA member, the United Nations Federal Credit Union, opened its first branch in Washington, D.C. this week. The expansion is an opportunity to better serve UNFCU members, many of whom live and work in the Metro DC area:

  • Documentary on worker co-ops airing on PBS in July

    shift-change-web ec295shift-change-web ec295Worker-owners at a cooperative pharmacy featured in the documentary Shift Change. [photo courtesy Community Pharmacy]Produced by veteran, award-winning filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, "Shift Change" tells the stories of employee owned businesses that successfully compete in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. The U.S. Federation

  • Financial integrity and trust: A cooperative legacy

    NSAC-logo 07086NSAC-logo 07086NCBA CLUSA associate member National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) offers accounting, auditing, tax and business education uniquely tailored for the financial management of cooperatives. Ahead of the professional society’s July 18 webinar on ethics and compliance, NSAC sent this thought leadership article:

    Cooperatives in various forms have

  • Farmer to Farmer volunteer opportunities - El Salvador and Senegal

    Do you want to join a global network of amazing volunteers who donate their time, energy and expertise to assisting NCBA CLUSA cooperative farmers in the field? 

    We are now recruiting dedicated professionals in the agriculture industry to participate in volunteer assignments assisting farmers and cooperatives in El Salvador and Senegal. We currently have several exciting opportunities open in August and September 2014, each of which last 2-3 weeks long. See the opportunities below.  

    For opportunities in El Salvador, please email Kristina Klassen, NCBA CLUSA Program Manager for East Timor, Indonesia, Guatemala, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Texas non-profit HomeCare Foundation launches crowd-funding campaign for state's first worker co-op

    home-healthcare-pond5-web f5b24home-healthcare-pond5-web f5b24[photo: pond5]The HomeCare Foundation, new NCBA CLUSA members, want to change the landscape of in-home healthcare by launching the first worker-owned caregiver co-op in Texas. Executive Director Charlie Agar sent this press release:

    The Texas non-profit HomeCare Foundation has launched a ...

  • Small business owners benefit from credit union's 'Park City Challenge'

    park-city-CU-web ba200park-city-CU-web ba200With $144 million in assets, the Wisconsin-based Park City Credit Union provides financial products and services to Northern Wisconsin. Established in 1938, the credit union now offers online banking with bill pay. The Credit Union National Association published this news release about Park City CU’s efforts to highlight the benefits of credit union

  • NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talk series connects community cooperators in Austin

    coop-talk-Austin-web b3ea8coop-talk-Austin-web b3ea8Held at the newly-built Wheatsville Food Co-op just outside the city of Austin, Texas, NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talks convened more than 30 participants in an intimate discussion on cross-sector collaboration and the effect cooperatives have on Austin’s local economy.

    Based on principle six (cooperation among cooperatives) of the seven cooperative principles, this event marks the third convening in the newly produced Co-op Talk series, which aims to build local cooperative cross-sector collaboration and discussion that strengthens and supports

  • Final call for candidates for NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors election

    deadline-web 25404deadline-web 25404Nominees of qualified candidates for the NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors 2014 election are due no later than July 1 for consideration to fill five open positions on the 2015 Board of Directors.

    The NCBA CLUSA Board directs, controls and inspires the trade association and international development organization. It brings consistent focus to strategic, long-term impacts and future opportunities to serve the needs of members; emphasizes proactive leadership in policy development and collective decision-making; and assures excellence in governance

  • USDA visit highlights Conservation Farming gains in Uganda

    USDA-visit-uganda-web fbeeaUSDA-visit-uganda-web fbeeaValue chain linkages have been key to the success stories reported during the two seasons that NCBA CLUSA has practiced Conservation Farming in Northern Uganda, USDA Program Analyst Lindsay Carter said during a recent three-day visit to NCBA CLUSA projects in the country.

    Following a decades-long insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army that killed 100,000 people and displaced more than 2 million, efforts to solve food insecurity were hampered by a lack of knowledge to combat the effects of climate change on agriculture.

  • Webinar: National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives talks ethics and compliance for co-ops

    NSAC-logo-web 333bcNSAC-logo-web 333bcThe actions of its management and employees help shape the public perception of a co-op, making adherence to good ethics and best practices for compliance a crucial element of cooperative success.

    “A good ethics and compliance program can communicate the expectations of management and set parameters for employees, helping to maintain the reputation and credibility of the co-op, said Bill Erlenbush, education director for the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC).

    Erlenbush will lead a 60-minute

  • NRECA praises Menendez and Corker for “Energize Africa Act”

    nreca-logo-web 5b56dnreca-logo-web 5b56dU.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker recently introduced legislation that promotes access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association published this press release on June 19, expressing appreciation for the senators' support: 

    National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson today thanked U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and



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