FEATURES & NEWS

Price crisis prompts potato
growers to form national co-op


Low-carb, High Hopes
Co-opís tubers may beef-up Florida's potato industry

Farmer co-op business
volume nears $117 billion


Unflappable
Plant closure forces co-op launch onto fast-track

A Perfect Storm
Farmland trustee sues ex-officers, directors

Court of Preference
Minn. co-op helps manufactured home residents

Upswing Continues
Despite loss of Farmland, Agway, revenue
& income climb for top 100 co-ops


Measuring top 100 co-op performance

Perils & Pleasures of Partnerships
Key issue of co-ops in business partnerships:
Who do you trust?


Still More Stuff You Need To Know

Vital Info for Co-op Boards



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On the Cover:
Potato growers in Idaho and other states are hoping they can establish
a fair price for their crop through a new co-op that will work to better
balance supply and demand. In Florida, another new co-op hopes to find
success with a low-carb potato variety. Articles on pages 4 & 8. Photo
courtesy United Fresh Potato Growers of America








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