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


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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.






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