New days, new ways
Co-ops, producers find many ways to prepare for the future
By Robert Heuer
Congressional hearing focuses on possible need
for more flexible co-op business model
By Dan Campbell
Dismantling of Farmland continues; Smithfield
buying pork business
By Patrick Duffey
Survey results: public shows strong preference
for doing business with cooperatives
By Patrick Duffey
Revenue, margins trend downward for nation’s
top 100 ag cooperatives
By David Chesnick
Co-ops follow more than one path for
nominating board candidates
By Bruce J. Reynolds
Seeking the best
Director leadership: what does it take?
By Jim Wadsworth
Cooperative exports decline in 2001; bulk sales
fall but continue to dominate sector
By Tracey L. Kennedy
2003 ARTICLE INDEX
On the Cover:
Grain rolls in at Western Iowa Cooperative’s 600,000-bushel elevator, from
where much of it will be shipped to California livestock operations. Learn
more about how it and other cooperatives have restructured for success.
Photo by Larry Laszlo
Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture
Thomas C. Dorr, Under Secretary, USDA Rural Development
John Rosso,Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
James Haskell, Acting Deputy Administrator, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Dan Campbell, Editor
Vision Integrated Marketing/KOTA,Design
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