F E A T U R E S
Finding a niche
Dakota Growers Pasta co-op finds succes in a highly competitive market
by Michael Boland and David Barton
Turmoil of early 20th century led to USDA role in assisting co-ops
by Patrick Duffey
USDA's expanding cooperative development assistance role
by John Wells
Significance of the Cooperative Marketing Act's other key provisions
by Randall E. Torgerson
Research and technical assistance work are heart of Cooperative Services mission
by John Dunn
Statistics show cooperative status, progress and trends
by John Dunn
USDA's commitment to cooperative education
by James Wadsworth
African village banks project shows renewed emphasis on international co-op development
by James Haskell
D E P A R T M E N T S
On the Cover
The Cooperative Marketing Act, which marked its 75th "birthday" in early July, forms the legal foundation for USDA's Coopeative Services program. A series of articiles describing the work of the agency and how it impacts cooperatives begins on page 9 of this issue. USDA arachive photos
Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture
Randall Torgerson, Deputy Administrator, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Dan Campbell, Managing Editor
Vision 2000/KOTA, Design
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