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NCBA CLUSA successfully leads fight to restore RCDG funding for co-ops

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee today approved the fiscal year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill and sent it on to the full committee for consideration. The bill in part rejects a consolidation request of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program in U.S. President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 Budget that NCBA CLUSA advocated strongly against. The bill includes a total of more than $22 million for the overall Rural Cooperative Development Grants title, which is nearly $6 million more than the president’s budget request, and ensures that over $8 million in grants will be made available to cooperative development centers in fiscal year 2015, which is identical to 2014 levels.


The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request, like the previous fiscal year 2014 budget request that the House agreed to unlike this year, contains a proposal to eliminate dedicated funding of a number of rural development programs, including the RCDG program, and consolidate them into a new economic development grant program. NCBA CLUSA remains seriously concerned with the elimination of the only program in the federal government solely focused on cooperative owned businesses and one that provides technical assistance for cooperative expansion and development. NCBA CLUSA and other cooperative development leaders argued against this approach, and the bill that passed today reinforces those efforts.

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NCBA TALKS 2014

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA among InterAction members pledging collective $1.5 billion toward global food security

A landmark agreement signed yesterday by NGO alliance InterAction and the U.S. Agency for International Development is expected to better enable USAID to leverage the private resources, technical expertise and established community networks of NGOs to maximize the impact and sustainability of U.S. government and taxpayer investments to end hunger.

The signing on Capitol Hill was among events surrounding the first-ever Feed the Future Global Forum, which is drawing global leaders from the public and private sectors to the Washington, D.C. Metro area this week. Feed the Future is U.S. President Barack Obama’s flagship initiative to deploy nutrition-led agricultural development in the global fight against hunger, poverty and undernutrition.

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  THUMB 01 Early bird registration available for Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and Annual Cooperatives Conference

NCBA CLUSA is offering early bird registration for both the Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and the Annual Cooperatives Conference.

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  THUMB 01 In Uganda, conservation farming transforms lives

Northern Uganda was the epicenter of a decades-long insurgency by the Lord’s Resistance Army that killed 100,000 people and displaced an estimated 2 million. The conflict still clouds memories here, but a more pressing concern—climate change—is jeopardizing cropland and upending the way smallholder farmers plant, cultivate and harvest crops.

Two years ago, Leo Odongo was a subsistence farmer eking out an existence in northern Uganda’s war-torn Kole District. A typical smallholder farmer, he grew traditional crops such as millet and cassava on one acre of land, while battling erratic rainfall and lingering droughts.

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  THUMB 01 Live webinar to show how Corcentric helps boost cooperative edge in marketplace

Corcentric, a provider of innovative financial process automation solutions, is using digitization to help cooperatives compete in a changing economic and political environment.

NCBA CLUSA members are invited to see how the right solutions can help lower operating costs and provide greater visibility for the whole community in a 60-minute live webinar called “Connect Your Community and Get Instant ROI.” Co-hosted by NCBA CLUSA and Corcentric, a gold-level associate member of NCBA CLUSA, the webinar is scheduled for May 28, from 2 to 3 p.m.

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  THUMB 01 Applications for co-op logo exceed 500

The co-op logo, or "global cooperative marque" features interlinked o's that symbolize collaboration. The logo helps cooperatives differentiate themselves from non-cooperative competitors, helping to build cooperative loyalty, boost marketing efforts and unite cooperatives across sectors and countries. The International Co-operative Alliance published this press release about the latest milestone in logo adoption rates: 


Applications for the global cooperative marque have passed a milestone of 500.

 Cooperatives from 67 countries have applied for the marque to be used as a visual identity, with many opting for a .coop domain, too.

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  THUMB 01 Cabot Community bike tour to strengthen communities, honor volunteerism

NCBA CLUSA is proud to partner with the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Credit Union and Cabot Creamery, one of the premier co-ops in the U.S, for an event along the Cabot Community Tour. NCBA CLUSA will help welcome the Cabot bike tour to the DC Metro during a stop in Clifton, Virginia at the Paradise Springs Winery, part of the Vine to Wine Co-op in Virginia. The June 9 event is an opportunity to celebrate strong communities, volunteerism and cooperation among co-ops. Cabot Creamery sent this press release about the tour:



In May of 2012, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, the farm family owned dairy cooperative widely known as the makers of the “World’s Best Cheddar,” banded together with fellow cooperatives, farmers, credit unions, corporations and volunteer groups to create the Cabot Community Tour.

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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 

CCMA Conference June 12-14, 2014
 
NCBA CLUSA Co-op Talks June 20, 2014 10 A.M.
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About NCBA CLUSA
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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