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Webinar: NCBA CLUSA Legislative & Advocacy Update coming in August

Congress adjourns in August, giving lawmakers a chance to meet with constituents in their home states and districts, making the month an ideal time to update the cooperative movement in the U.S. on issues that are important to co-op advocates and their communities.

NCBA CLUSA will host a Legislative & Advocacy Update in the form of a live webinar August 1. The update is part of an ongoing series of webinars designed to keep the cooperative community informed about legislative matters and current policy issues in Washington, D.C.

“NCBA CLUSA’s Legislative & Advocacy Webinar series provides attendees with an in-depth look at the many ways in which legislative and policy matters affecting cooperatives are being shaped and impacted in the halls of Congress and inside the Administration and federal agencies,” said Alan Knapp, vice president for Advocacy for NCBA CLUSA.

“These webinars present both a forum for strategic discussion and conversation as well as an opportunity to learn about ways to be engaged and take action on matters important to many cooperative communities,” Knapp added.

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  THUMB 01 Passion & Purpose selects NCBA CLUSA as spotlight of network’s first online summit

NCBA 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 Passion & Purpose values,” Passion & Purpose founder and CEO Ty Richardson said. “Our members want to live their passion while creating meaning in their life, and that’s what NCBA CLUSA’s projects offer.”

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  THUMB 01 Two weeks left to register at early-bird rates: 2014 Annual, Purchasing Cooperatives Conferences

There 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 hotel accommodations: $184/night (plus taxes). Snag this great rate by booking on or before August 18! Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

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  THUMB 01 Historic first at the B20 Business Summit: Co-operative sector at the table

When the Business 20 (B20) convenes international business leaders from the G20 countries in Cannes this November, among them will be the summit’s first cooperative representative: 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 first time ever a business leader from the co-operative sector joins the B20.

According to the World Co-operative Monitor, the top 300 co-operatives and mutuals of the world have a turnover of USD $2 trillion, equivalent to the world’s ninth largest economy, while co-operatives generate 20 percent more jobs than multinational companies.

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  THUMB 01 U.S. Agriculture Secretary proclaims August 3 – 9 National Farmers Market Week

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 Agriculture (USDA) published this release

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 to 9, 2014 National Farmers Market Week. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

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  THUMB 01 Industry first: Co-operative Energy invites customers to choose their electricity source

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 this release:

Customers who opt for Co-operative Energy as their provider will from now on have the chance to choose how and where their electricity is bought from.

The new scheme, called User Chooser, was designed to empower customers to have a say in the exact mix of the different types of energy sources and the precise generators where their energy is generated.  

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  THUMB 01 NRECA congratulates Senate Foreign Relations Committee on quick passage of Energize Africa Act

In 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 today congratulated the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the quick passage of the Energize Africa Act (S. 2508), legislation promoting electrification in sub-Saharan Africa introduced on June 19, 2014. The House passed companion legislation, H.R. 2548, on May 8, 2014.

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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
Legislative & Advocacy Update
2014-Aug-01 12:00 pm - to - 2014-Jul-22 01:00 pm
 
 
 
 
2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-08 10:00 am - to - 2014-Sep-10 12:30 pm
 
 
 
2014 Annual Cooperatives 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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