Rural Cooperative Magazine (July/August 1999)

A Sea of Greens
Low-income farmers use vegetable processing, marketing co-op to create new opportunity in north Florida

On the Cover: These collard greens picked by Spencer Lewis will be washed, chopped and packaged before being shipped to one of 30 schools in northwest Florida.  Processing and marketing are being performed by the New North Florida Cooperative.
(USDA photo by Dorothy Staley)

Opening Comments by Jill Long Thompson, Under Secretary, USDA Rural Development

Amber Waves of Change
Kansas grain cooperatives adapting to global marketplace
Pamela J. Karg

Hog-Tied in Kentucky?
No, thanks to a co-op helping small-scale hog producers survive in a depressed market
Bill Brockhouse

Boosting Rural New Mexico
Farmer co-ops key element in effort to help Hispanics and Pueblo Indians build sustainable communities
Kristen Kelleher

A Sea of Greens
Low-income farmers use vegetable processing, marketing co-op to create new opportunity in north Florida
Pamela J. Karg

Planning to Prosper:
Recalling lessons learned from livestock slaughter and meat packing co-ops
Brad Gehrke and James Matson

Co-op Member Education Needed in 21st Century
William J. Nelson

Co-ops Remain Major Players in Dairy Industry
K. Charles Ling

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NEWSLINE

NEW PUBLICATIONS

COOPERATIVES' RESPONSE NEEDED FOR 1999 SURVEY

Dan Glickman, Secretary of Agriculture

Jill Long Thompson, Under Secretary, Rural Development

Dayton J. Watkins, Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service

La Jaycee Brown, Director, Public Affairs & Legislative Staff

Dan Campbell, Managing Editor

USDA Design Center, Design

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