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



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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