Features

A Legacy of Cooperation & Innovation
Blue Diamond marks 100th anniversary as co-op that made U.S. world leader for almonds
By Gray Allen

Filling the Gap
At 25, Arthur Capper Co-op Center a major force for co-op education
By Seleise Barrett, Alicia Goheen and Gloria Holcombe

Project Pathway
4-H sees science, technology as crucial to building competitive workforce
By Jim Erickson

Celebrating the greatest public-private partnership
By Glenn English

Out of Darkness
Against industry opposition, REA helped ‘wire’ farms, rural areas at remarkable rate
By Anne Mayberry

$122 billion in ’08 sales sets record for Top 100
By David Chesnick

Heat by the Bushel
New co-ops supplying members with corn for home-heating fuel
By Stephen Thompson

Uniquely Cooperative: Equity Redemption
Survey tracks trends in how co-ops redeem member equity
By E. Eldon Eversull

Organic farmers increasingly turn to cooperative business model By Alan Borst

Dilland built stornger MMPA, able to adapt to market trends

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ON THE COVER:
One hundred years ago, California almond growers
formed a cooperative that eventually made California the world leader
for almond production. Photo courtesy Blue Diamond
Growers. Inset: In this issue we also celebrate another major co-op
milestone: the 75th Anniversary of the Rural Electrification
Administration. Library of Congress photo