F E A T U R E S
Vermont electric co-op looks to landfill for methane recovery
By Steve Thompson
Making the grade
Will co-ops succeed or fail in the new century? The answer lies with co-op education efforts
By Brett Fairbairn
Revenue up, net margins down
Ag cooperatives struggle with lower prices, higher costs
By David Chesnick
Co-op issues in spotlight at USDA's Ag Outlook Forum
Hard times breed new livestock co-ops
By Dan Campbell
Locals gain by diversifying
From funeral homes to pizza parlors, Southwest co-ops find ways to boost earnings
By Lynette Cockerell
Cooperative Marketing Association Program:
Another way grain co-ops can serve their members
By Marc Warman, Alan D. Borst, Chris Kyer
D E P A R T M E N T S
On the Cover:
Brett Fairbairn explores vital education issues which will likely play a major role in the future success of cooperatives. Page 8. Graphic by Ron Pride.
Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture
Randall Torgerson, Deputy Administrator, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Dan Campbell, Managing Editor
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