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Education and Information

The Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926 mandates that USDA “...promote the knowledge of cooperative principles and practices and cooperate in promoting such knowledge with educational and marketing agencies, cooperative associations, and others.” To meet this goal, USDA Rural Development provides a wide range of cooperative training programs and educational materials.

Rural Development maintains a storehouse of information about cooperatives which it makes available to the public through more than 150 research reports, educational publications, and videos which cover all aspects of cooperative operations. A bimonthly magazine, Rural Cooperatives, reports significant achievements by cooperatives and highlights Rural Development research, technical assistance, and educational activities.

History and Statistics

Cooperative statistics are collected to detect growth trends and changes in structure and operations of the Nation’s farmer-owned cooperatives. Data help identify and support research and technical assistance activities. This information is used extensively by legislative and executive branches of government in formulating agricultural and cooperative-related policy.

For information or assistance on cooperatives, please contact:
Business & Cooperative Development Specialist
Rodney Peach
Email: rodney.peach@wa.usda.gov
1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Suite C
Olympia, WA 98517
Telephone: (360) 704-7724
FAX: (360) 704-7742


You may also contact:

Northwest Cooperative Development Center
1063 S. Capitol Way # 211
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 943-4241
Fax: (360) 570-8415

The Northwest Cooperative Development Center is a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting new and existing cooperative businesses foster community economic development, primarily through the cooperative business model.

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 Last modified: March 26, 2010