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NCBA CLUSA President Mike Beall to speak at UN sustainable development panel

NCBA CLUSA President and CEO Mike Beall will join other representatives from the cooperative sector on Thursday, July 10 at United Nations headquarters in New York City for a panel discussion on the impact of cooperative development on sustainability.

The discussion falls during the week the international community celebrates the UN International Day of Cooperatives, observed this year on July 7.

The panel, “Cooperative Enterprises Achieve Sustainable Development for All,” is expected to explore the contributions of cooperatives to sustainable development, analyze the cooperative advantage, and outline how cooperatives can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda by formulating, promoting and implementing Sustainable Development Goals.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight the impact cooperatives continue to have on sustainable development around the world,” Beall said. “NCBA CLUSA works diligently to advocate on the behalf of this business model, with first-hand knowledge of the difference cooperatives make in the lives of families and their communities.”

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  THUMB 01 Don’t forget: USDA webinar with Lillian Salerno this week!

It’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 strategic direction her agency is taking as it implements administration and department priorities and initiatives, including the recent Farm Bill.

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  THUMB 01 Namibia sees spike in Conservation Agriculture as smallholder farmers receive agri-business loans

The 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 NCBA CLUSA Namibia country representative, says the announcement was greeted with great enthusiasm by communal farmers and he expects these farmers to make full use of the unique opportunity now available to support communal farmers implementing Conservation Agriculture methods.

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  THUMB 01 Alaska's first food co-op wins 'Startup of the Year' award

Food 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 Co-op Initiative (FCI) announced this week. Lauded for its leadership, retail excellence and commitment to building the local economy, Co-op Market beat out 12 other co-ops that opened storefronts since June of 2013.

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  THUMB 01 'Want a latte with that deposit?' How credit unions could adapt to serve un-branched members

As 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 who don't need branches, and do you know who that describes? Everybody here," said Tim Harrington, president of T.E.A.M. Resources, a credit union consulting firm. "We may want branches, we may like branches, but the fact is we don't need branches except for a very few things."

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  THUMB 01 NRECA to match staff donations to American Cancer Society

Representing 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 as an association is to raise $40,000 so we are well on our way,” said Alana Schrager, an NRECA senior client relations advisor who chaired NRECA’s 2014 Relay for Life coordinating team. NRECA has committed to matching the total raised by its employees.

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  THUMB 01 KREMC-sponsored students attend Touchstone Energy® Camp

In 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 important topics such as alternative energy, electric safety and the impact their cooperative makes in the community. Chaperones were Indiana Electric Cooperative employees, who shared their knowledge of the energy industry, as well as their time to lead students through this exciting camp experience.

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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
USDA Webinar
2014-Jul-10 01:00 pm - to - 2014-Jul-08 02:00 pm
 
 
 
 
2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-08 10:00 am - to - 2014-Sep-10 12:30 pm
 
 
 
2014 Annual Cooperative Conference
2014-Sep-09 01:45 pm - to - 2014-Sep-11 11:45 am
 
 
 
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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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