A Guide to USDA and Other Federal Resources for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Enterprises
By Romana A. Vysatova and Laurie S.Z. Greenberg. A guide for anyone seeking the help of federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. For a free copy contact, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), P.O. Box 3657, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Telephone: 800-346-9140. Fax: 501-442-9842.
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Balancing Ecology and Economics: A Start-up Guide for Forest Owner Cooperation
Cooperative Development Services, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, Community Forestry Resource Center, Cooperative Development Institute. Revised, Second Edition. October 2002. For copies, contact Cooperative Development Services, 131 West Wilson Street. Suite 400, Madison, Wisconsin 53703. Telephone: 608-258-4396.
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Best Practices for Cooperative Development: Defining, Communicating, and Replicating Success
Developed by the Network of Centers for Rural Cooperative Development. March 1996. This publication is based on 30 months of cooperative development work performed in all regions of the Unites States through ten Centers of Cooperative Development. Sponsored by the Cooperative Development Foundation, 1401 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20005. For a copy call NCBA Publications at 202-638-6222.
Co-ops 101: An Introduction to Cooperatives
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business and Cooperative Development Service, Cooperative Information Report 55, June 1997, Ag Box 3255, Washington, DC 20250-3255. Telephone: 202-720-8381.
Considering Cooperation: A Guide for New Cooperative Development
E.B. 01-01, February 2001. Brian M. Henehan and Bruce L. Anderson, Department of Applied Economics and Management, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 14853. An on-line version is available.
Cooperative Business Principles
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business and Cooperative Development Service, Cooperative Information Report 45, Section 2, August 1994, Ag Box 3255, Washington, DC 20250-3255. Telephone: 202-720-8381.
Cooperatives in Agriculture
A book edited by David Cobia of North Dakota State University and printed in 1989 by Prentice-Hall, Inc., a division of Simon and Schuster of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632. The text is a comprehensive treatment of current cooperative theory as applied to agricultural cooperatives.
Cooperatives: A Tool for Community Economic Development
An on-line manual available on the University of Wisconsin (Madison)--Center for Cooperatives. Also check www.uwcc.wisc.edu/info/i_pages/coopdev.html for a variety of cooperative publications.
Creating “Co-op Fever”: A Rural Developer’s Guide to Forming Cooperatives
Bill Patrie. Rural Business Service Report 54, July 1998, Ag Box 3255, Washington, DC 20250-3255. Telephone: 202-720-8381. Also available on-line.
Cultivate.Coop is an online hub for pooling knowledge and resources on cooperatives. It is a space to collect free information for those interested in cooperatives and where people can build useful educational tools for the co-op community.
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Entrepreneurial Development in the Food Sector: Program Guide
Katie Lima. The Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO). The program guide highlights current activities and trends among entrepreneur projects including but not limited to; farmers' markets, shared use commercial kitchens, kitchen incubators and other food related micro-enterprises. The guide can be downloaded at www.microenterpriseworks.org/index.asp?bid=93 or contact AEO. Address: 1601 North Kent St., Suite 1101, Arlington, VA 22209. Telephone: 703-841-7760.
Tags: Food and Consumer Cooperatives, Helpful websites, Resources by Cooperative Type
George and Gladys Dunlap Cooperative Leadership Program/Nationwide Foundation
Check the website for a variety of programs through the foundation.
Grown Locally Cooperative
A case study prepared for the North Central Initiative for Small Farm Profitability by Gary Huber and Katherine Parker, Practical Farmers of Iowa. Available for download on-line.
Home Base: The Playbook for Cooperative Development
The guide provides consumers, tenant groups and nonprofit developers a clear step-by-step process for conversion to, or construction of, cooperative housing. Jim Gray, Jon Kelly, Terry Lewis, Jay Marcus & Betsy Newcomer; NCB Development Corporation affiliates. NCB Capital Impact. Address: 1333 Broadway, Suite 602, Oakland, CA 94612. Telephone: 510-496-2227. Fax: 510-496-0404. Email: Elizabeth Day at eday (at) ncbcapitalimpact (dot) org.
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How to Start a Cooperative (Booklet)
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business and Cooperative Development Service, Cooperative Information Report 7. September 1993. Cooperative Development Division, Ag Box 3255, Washington, DC 20250-3255. Telephone: 202-720-8381.
NCB Co-op 100
Published by the National Cooperative Bank, 1401 Eye Street, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005, 202-336-7700 or www.ncb.com. An easy to read guide about cooperatives and the top 100 cooperatives in America. Available for download online.
New Generation Farmer Cooperatives: The Development Process (Video)
A video highlighting workshops from the 1998 Cooperative Development Training Conference. The cost of the video, plus postage and handling is $25 for U.S. orders. For more information, including a clip from the video, go to website.
Reap New Profits: Marketing Strategies for Farmers and Ranchers
This newly revised full color bulletin discusses alternatives to marketing commodities through conventional channels. Joining or starting a cooperative is covered as one way to add value to farm products. You can preview or download the entire publication on-line or order free print copies by calling 301-504-5236 or e-mailing san_assoc (at) sare (dot) org. The guide is published by the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.
This is an informative magazine focused on issues facing rural cooperatives that is published bimonthly by the Rural Business—Cooperative Service division of the USDA (see previous section for contact information). On line copies are available.
Starting a Co-op/Resource Packet
The Cooperative Development Institute has prepared a conscise step by step resource guide for cooperative development. Telephone: 413-665-1271 or 1-877-NE COOPS or check http://www.cdi.coop/usefulinfoandlinks.html.
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