Adams Electric Cooperative
A non-profit, member owned electric utility serving south central Pennsylvania. Headquarters Office is located at 1338 Biglerville Rd., PO Box 1055 Gettysburg, PA 17325-1055. Telephone: 717-334-2171 or 1-888-232-6732.
AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
An agricultural lender in the eastern United States and Puerto Rico, providing more than $10 billion in loans to more than 85,000 farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses through affiliated financial cooperatives. For more information about Farm Credit, call 1-800-845-1745, ext. 506, or write P.O. Box 1499, Columbia, SC 29202.
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center - Also known as Value Added Agricultural Program/AgMRC
Provides independent producers and processors with critical information needed to build successful value-added agriculture enterprises. Address: 1111 NSRIC Building, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011. Contact Mary Holz-Clause at mclause (at) iastate (dot) edu. Telephone: 866-277-5567.
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Building Entrepreneurial Networks
Canadian Co-operative Association
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is a national umbrella organization representing co-operatives and credit unions. Address: Co-operative House, 400 - 275 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2L6, CANADA. Telephone: 613-238-6711. Website: http://www.coopscanada.coop/. Check on-line publications.
Center for Farm Transition/PDA
Center for Rural Pennsylvania
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy with the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The center also serves PA residents with research grants, disseminating information and sponsoring forums on rural issues and publishing research. Addresss: 625 Forster Street, Room 902, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Telephone: 717-787-9555. Fax: 717-772-3587. Email: info (at) rural.palegislature (dot) us.
A bank with approximately $25 billion in assets who specializes in cooperative, agribusiness, rural utility, farm credit, and agricultural export financing. CoBank has associate credit organizations to serve Pennsylvania. Address: 5500 S. Quebec Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Phone: 303-740-4000 or 800-542-8072. Fax: 303-740-4002. In the northeast; P.O. Box 9061 Springfield, MA 01102-9061. Telephone: 1-800-876-3227
Community Development Corporation of Butler County
Cooperative Development Institute
Cooperative Development Services
CDS is a Non-Profit organization that is committed to providing a range of innovative, results-oriented, and cost effective services to cooperatives and related organziations. Address: CDS Minnesota Office, 400 Selby Ave., Suite Y, St. Paul, MN 55102. Telephone: 651-265-3678. CDS Wisconsin Office, 131 W. Wilson St., Suite 400, Madison, WI 53703. Telephone: 608-258-4396.
Cooperative Grocer On-line Magazine
Cooperative Network and Resource Links
Cornell University Cooperative Enterprise Program
Cornell University Cooperative Enterprise Program seeks to enhance the performance of existing cooperative businesses and facilitate the development of emerging cooperative enterprise through teaching, research, and outreach. Program initiatives are aimed primarily at senior management and boards of directors of cooperatives with an emphasis on finance, management, strategic planning, and marketing. Contact Brian Henehan, 203 Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-7801 Telephone: 607-255-8800 Fax: 607-255-9984
County Office is your quick reference guide for accurate, up-to-date information about all government offices and public records sources in your local area
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.
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.
Food Co-op Initiative
Food Service Rentals/Fayette County Community Action Agency
FCCAA offers a variety of educational and training programs including Food Service Rentals, which offers a fully licensed commercial kitchen for rent to the community, producers and processors for value added food production. Address: FCCAA, 108 North Beeson Ave., Uniontown, PA 15401. Telephone: 724-437-6050 or 1-800-427-4636. Fax: 724-437-4418. For Food Service Rentals Contact Richard Stull at 724-344-6587.
George and Gladys Dunlap Cooperative Leadership Program/Nationwide Foundation
Check the website for a variety of programs through the foundation.
International Co-operative Alliance
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
A California based organization that provides a National database of farmers markets, farmers, CSA’s, and food co-ops to promote buying locally. Address 220 21st. Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Telephone: 831-475-8150. Website:
Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit
A financial institution that offers farm loans and leases for real estate, operating, equipment, facilities and other farm related expenses. One of the largest agricultural and rural lenders on the east coast with offices in DE, MD and PA. To find an office near you, visit the website, look under contact us, and choose office locations.
National Agricultural Statistics Service/NASS
National Association of Housing Cooperatives
National Association of Housing Cooperatives is a nonprofit federation of housing cooperatives, regional cooperative housing associations, and others. Address: 1444 I Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 202-737-0797 Fax 202-783-7869.
National Center for Employee Ownership
A private, nonprofit membership and research organization that serves as a source for accurate, unbiased information on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPS) and others. Address: NCEO, 1736 Franklin St., 8th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Telephone: 510-208-1300. Their extensive website contains on-line publications and references to other resources.
National Cooperative Bank
A leading provider of financial services to cooperatively structured, democratically owned and controlled enterprises throughout the United States, its territories and possessions, and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. NCB Development Corporation (NCBDC), is the development arm and nonprofit affiliate of NCB that promotes the start-up, operation and expansion of cooperatives and other types of community-based enterprises. Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, North Bldg., Suite, 750, Washington, DC 20004. Telephone: 800-955-9622 or 202-349-7444. Fax: 202-349-7443.
National Cooperative Business Association
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
New Farm/Rodale Institute, The
New PA Network
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund
Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund offers a variety of cooperative development tool box kits and a 121 page guide book about housing cooperatives that can be ordered or downloaded online at http://www.ncdf.coop/Toolboxes.html.
Penn State Cooperative Extension Services
Penn State Cooperative Extension Services provide non-formal outreach educational opportunities to the communities throughout the commonwealth. Please call or check the website for your county office.
West Region. Address: SW Region, Penn State Shenango, 147 Shenango Avenue, Sharon, PA 16146. Telephone: 724-983-2890. Fax: 724-983-2887.
Southeast Region. Address: SE Region, Penn State Berks, Tulpehocken Rd., PO Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610-6009.
Telephone: 610-396-6446. Fax: 610-396-6444.
Central Region. Address: Central Region, 224 Special Services Bldg., University Park, PA 16802-7008. Telephone: 814-863-6095. Fax: 814-863-6426.
Northeast Region: Address: Northeast Region, 147 Shenango Avenue, Sharon, PA 16146. Telephone: 570-675-9274. Fax: 724-983-2887.
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
PASA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the economic and social prosperity of Pennsylvania food and agriculture. They work with the farmers who grow our food, the consumers that eat the food, and those concerned with the ecological well-being of our environment and natural resources. Address: 114 West Main Street, P.O. Box 419, Milheim, PA 16854. Telephone: 814-349-9856. Fax: 814-349-9840.
Pennsylvania Buy Fresh Buy Local
Pennsylvania Corporate Bureau
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture administers programs that help producers promote and market agricultural and forest products domestically and internationally. Address: 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Telephone: 717-787-4737. Email: aginfo (at) state.pa (dot) us.
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (taxation issues)
Businesses must also file with the Department of Revenue. Address: PA Dept. of Revenue, Strawberry Square, Fourth & Walnut Streets, Lobby, Harrisburg, PA 17128-0101. Telephone: 717-787-1064. Check the website for district office locations.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Farm bureau is an independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing farm and ranch families. Their mission is to implement policies that are developed by members and provide programs that will improve the financial well-being and quality of life for farmers and ranchers. Address: 510 South 31st. Street, PO Box 8736 Camp Hill, PA 17001-8736. Telephone: 717-761-2740.
Pennsylvania Farmers Union
Pennsylvania Farmers Union actively provides technical assistance to groups seeking to form cooperatives to improve farm income. Address: Box 47, 158 E. Main St., Millville, PA 17846. Telephone: 717-914-1366. Email: pafarmersunion (at) verizon (dot) net.
Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association
This cooperative association serves as the unified voice for electric cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They provide an excellent on-line and dial-up resource and link for information on electric issues and cooperatives in Pennsylvania. Address: P.O. Box 1266, Harrisburg, PA 17108. Telephone: 717-233-5704. Fax: 717-234-1309. Email: info (at) prea (dot) com.
Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers
Practical Farmers of Iowa
Several resource publications available on line
Ready Set Go Consulting
Rural Cooperative Center, University of California
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
An organization of more than 13,000 volunteers with 389 chapters nationwide who offer small businesses advice on management various aspects of business management. The volunteers have extensive business experience and special skills. The counseling is confidential and free of charge. The national chapter has an excellent web site with a locator at www.score.org or call the toll free number: 800-634-0245
United States Department of Agriculture—Rural Business-Cooperative Service
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives studies and promotes cooperative action as a means of meeting people’s economic and social needs. It develops, promotes, and coordinates educational programs, technical assistance and research on the cooperative form of business. Their superb website has an entire section of links to agricultural cooperatives. Address: UWCC, 230 Taylor Hall, 427 Lorch Street, Madison, WI 53706. Telephone: 608-262-3981.
USDA Ag Outlook Forum 2010