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Cooperatives

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Cooperative Programs

October was National Cooperatives Month. USDA Rural Development posted several blog entries covering different aspects of Cooperative Development

In Cooperative Programs, We promote the understanding and use of the cooperative form of business. Cooperatives market and distribute agricultural products and supplies.

Cooperatives also provide other rural services and needs, such as: electricity, telecommunications, credit and financial services, housing, food, hardware and building supplies.

We help rural residents form new cooperatives and improve the operations of existing ones. Here is a description of the services and materials we provide:

Education. We develop educational reports and programs to promote the understanding of cooperative principles and practices. Read more…

Research. Our research provides support to cooperatives and their member-owners dealing with a variety of issues. Read more…

Data on U.S. Farmer, Rancher, and Fishery Cooperatives. We collect financial and other data from farmer, rancher, and fishery cooperatives every year. This data is published in several reports, including a listing of almost 1,500 marketing, supply, service, fishery, and bargaining cooperatives. Read more…

Publications. We have a library of more than 200 reports about cooperatives and related educational tools. Read more…

Funding For Cooperatives. In conjunction with other Rural Development program areas, we provide financial assistance opportunities that are available to assist rural businesses, including cooperatives, and agricultural producers. Read more…

Technical Assistance. We provide assistance to groups wishing to start new cooperatives and support to existing cooperatives facing specific problems or challenges. Read more…

If you have questions, please contact us at coopinfo@wdc.usda.gov.

Spotlights
Rural Coop Magazine November/December 2014Rural Cooperatives Magazine November/December 2014
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BCP RR 229Research Report 229: Member Satisfaction With Their Cooperatives
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BCP RR231RR231 Comparing Cooperative Principles of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the International Cooperative Alliance
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