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Growing Toward ‘Independence Day’
MFA Oil pursuing next-generation biofuel project to reap energy from non-productive land
By Dan Campbell

Crow LakeWind Powers Up
Nation’s largest co-op wind farm includes community- and college-owned turbines
By Stephen A. Thompson

A Convergence of Interests
From forestry to local foods, multi-stakeholder co-ops gaining in popularity
By Margaret Lund

Dairy Co-ops:What They Are andWhat They Do
By Charles Ling

New Study Gauges Outlook for California Dairy Co-ops
By Justin Ellerby

Welcome to the Caves of Faribault
Historic sandstone caves home to Swiss Valley’s blue cheese
By Nancy Feeney

Why Do Co-op Boards Sometimes Micromanage?
By Jean Freeman

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ON THE COVER:
MFA Oil has formed a new subsidiary to help its
members grow Miscanthus x giganteus on marginal farmland in
Missouri and Arkansas. This hybrid grass, seen here in autumn on the
University of Illinois Experimental Station, would initially be processed
into biomass fuel pellets, but could also be used as a feedstock for
ethanol. Photo by Don Hamerman, courtesy Institute for Genomic
Biology/University of Illinois