FEATURES

Making the Grade
Off-grade potatoes have a home, thanks to Keystone plant

By Dan Campbell

Fruits of Their Labor
Co-op winegrowing takes root in North Carolina

By Bruce Pleasant

Voice of experience: co-ops are resilient
By Scott Yates

Trade, Farm Bill challenges
eyed at dairy conference

By Dan Campbell

Foreign Affairs
Co-op leaders share strategies for pursuing global markets

By Stephen Thompson

Largest 100 ag co-ops
post strong margins in 04

By David Chesnick

An Art & Science
Revised co-op curriculum gets test drive in Madison

By Jane Livingston


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On the Cover:
A vine laden with Chardonnay grapes awaits harvest. See page
9 for a look at how wine grape growing is making a comeback in
North Carolina. Photo contributed by Rodney Lough, a prize-winning
photographer who specializes in outdoor photography.
See more of his work at: www.theloughroad.com.





Mike Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture
Thomas C. Dorr, Under Secretary, USDA Rural Development
Jacj Gleason, Acing Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Programs
Roberta D. Purcell, Deputy Administrator, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Programs
Dan Campbell, Editor
Vision Integrated Marketing/KOTA, Design

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