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How co-ops help New England producers, what can be done to further co-op development, and NEFU's co-op development initiatives and policy priorities, discussed at NEFU's co-op convening in February, 2014.

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  1. 1. Convening  on   Co-­‐operatives   NOFA-­‐VT  Winter  Conference,  Burlington,  VT   Sunday,  16th  Feb  2014  
  2. 2. Agenda   1.  Welcome  &  Introduc1ons   •  Roger  Noonan,  President  &  Erbin  Crowell,  Vice  President   •  Diane  Bothfield,  VT  Deputy  Secretary  of  Agriculture   3.  Challenges  &  Opportuni1es   •  Discussion   4.  NEFU’s  Co-­‐opera1ve  Legacy  —      Current  &  Future  Work   •  NEFU  Board  &  Staff   5.  Next  Steps   •  Roger  Noonan   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2.  Opportuni1es  in  the  Regional  Food  System  &   Economy  
  3. 3. PrioriOes  for  the  Day   • Make  connecOons   • Explore  opportuniOes  and  challenges   • Share  NEFU’s  policy  &  development   prioriOes   • Invite  your  ideas  and  parOcipaOon  as  we   move  forward   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Why  a  Convening  on  Co-­‐ops?  
  4. 4. •  Officially  known  as  the  “Farmers'  EducaOonal   and  CooperaOve  Union  of  America”  (1902)   •  Key  role  in  passage  of  Capper  Volstead  Act  in   1922  &  CooperaOve  MarkeOng  Act  of  1926   •  Founded  Farmers  Union  Central  Exchange  in   1931;  merged  with  Harvest  States  Co-­‐ operaOve  to  form  CHS:   •  Largest  US-­‐based  co-­‐op  by  revenue  (2012)   •  69th  on  Fortune  500  list  by  revenue  (2012)   •  25th  largest  convenience  store  chain  in  US   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   The  Farmers  Union  &  Co-­‐ops  
  5. 5. Democracy,  sustainability,  relocaliza1on   • 2012:  InternaOonal  Year  of  Co-­‐operaOves   • 2013:  Blueprint  for  a  Co-­‐operaOve  Decade   • 2014:  InternaOonal  Year  of  Family  Farming   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   1.  Our  Opportunity  
  6. 6. What’s  going  on?   • Global  economy  in  disarray   • Poverty,  inequality,  unemployment   • UN  Millennium  Development  Goals  at  risk   • Focus  on  local  &  regional  food  systems   • Food  security  becoming  a  major  concern   •  For  family  producers  and  consumers   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Our  Opportunity  
  7. 7. Co-­‐opera1ves  seen  as  a  solu1on   •  Community  ownership  &  democraOc  control   •  Focus  on  service,  meeOng  needs  before  profit   •  Develop  local  skills  &  assets   •  Ability  to  assemble  limited  resources   •  Anchor  community  wealth  locally   •  Create  economic  efficiencies  for  small   producers  while  retaining  local  ownership   •  More  sustainable  and  resilient   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Our  Opportunity  
  8. 8. 2011  -­‐  Farmer,  rancher  and  fishery  co-­‐ops  posted   record  sales,  surpassing  the  previous  record  sales   year  of  2008  by  $10  billion  while  besOng  the  old   income  record  by  $500  million.  Co-­‐op  employment   levels  remained  strong,  with  co-­‐operaOves   employing  184,000  full-­‐Ome,  part-­‐Ome  and  seasonal   workers,  up  slightly  from  2010.     •  "These  new  co-­‐opera/ve  sales  and  income  records   for  2011  underscore  the  strength  and  produc/vity   of  the  na/on's  farmer-­‐  and  rancher-­‐owned   coopera/ves,  and  the  vital  role  they  play  in  the   na/on's  economy,"  said  Undersecretary  for  Rural   Development  Dallas  Tonsager.   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Growth  in  the  Midst  of  Recession  
  9. 9. 2012  -­‐  U.S.  farmer,  rancher  and  fishery  co-­‐ops  set   records  for  sales,  income  and  assets  in  2012.    Sales   nearly  $235  billion  surpassed  the  2011  record  by   $18  billion,  an  8.3  percent  gain.   •  "Agricultural  co-­‐opera/ves  are  a  driving  force  in   the  na/on's  thriving  farm  economy.  Because  they   are  farmer-­‐owned  and  operated  businesses,  the   sales  dollars  and  income  generated  are  much  more   likely  to  be  returned  and  spent  in  rural  areas  and   communi/es,"  Vilsack  said.  "Ag  co-­‐opera/ves  are   also  vital  to  the  rural  economy  because  they   support  185,000  full-­‐  and  part-­‐/me  jobs,  and  are   oKen  the  major  employer  in  many  rural  towns."     NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Growth  in  the  Midst  of  Recession  
  10. 10. •  Agricultural  Co-­‐ops   •  Fishery  Co-­‐ops   •  Producer  Credit   •  Food  Co-­‐ops   •  Worker  Co-­‐ops   •  ArOsan  Co-­‐ops   •  Credit  Unions   •  Housing  Co-­‐ops   •  Childcare  Co-­‐ops   •  UOlity  Co-­‐ops   •  Health  &  Insurance   •  Etc.   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   A  Flexible  Business  Model  
  11. 11. 312 F A R M E R S (1,817 Nationally) •  Organic  Valley     Co-­‐op  Member  Farmers   ConnecOcut   1   Maine   29   Massachuseks   2   New  Hampshire   9   New  York   134   Vermont   137   35 FOOD CO-OPS (90,000 Members) Food  Co-­‐ops  &  Farmer  Co-­‐ops:   Working  together  for  a  more     just,  sustainable  and  resilient     regional  food  system.   Neighboring  Food   Co-­‐op  Associa1on   Member  Food  Co-­‐ops  &  Start-­‐Ups          //   Map  Updated  9/2013  
  12. 12. •  35  food  co-­‐ops  and   start-­‐ups   •  90,000+  member-­‐ owners   •  7,000+  new  member-­‐ owners   •  1,480+  employees   •  Together,  VT  members  are  in   top  25  employers  in  state     •  $215  million  in  annual   revenue   •  $30+  million  in  local   purchases   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Neighboring     Food  Co-­‐op  Association  (2012)  
  13. 13. New  England  &  New   York   •  8,860  co-­‐ops   •  9.5  million  members   •  Employ  55,000  people   •  $2  billion  in  wages   •  $100  billion  in  assets   •  $14  billion  in  revenue   hkp://   hkp://­‐opeconomy   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Scale  at  the  Regional  Level  
  14. 14. A  Model  with  Scale   • I  billion  co-­‐op  member  worldwide   • 30,000  co-­‐ops  in  the  US   • Vermont  (UW  Study,  2009)   • 129  co-­‐ops  and  mutuals   • 348,000  memberships   • $1  billion  in  revenue   • 1,450  employees   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   •  More  than  direct  investors  in  corporaOons  
  15. 15. NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   A  Model  with  Resilience  
  16. 16. •  Old  Creamery  Co-­‐op   (MA)  –  Rural  grocery   store  converted  to   community  co-­‐op.   •  Stone  Soup  CSA  (MA)   –  Farm  converted  to   worker  co-­‐op.   •  Real  Pickles  (MA)  –   Sole  proprietorship   converted  to  worker   co-­‐op.   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   A  Tool  for  Retaining  Economic   Infrastructure    
  17. 17. NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   United  Nations  International  Year  of  Co-­operatives    
  18. 18. Co-­‐ops  “in  their  various  forms,  promote  the   fullest  possible  parOcipaOon  in  the   economic  and  social  development  of  all   people,  including  women,  youth,  older   persons,  persons  with  disabiliOes  and   indigenous  peoples,  are  becoming  a  major   factor  of  economic  and  social  development   and  contribute  to  the  eradicaOon  of   poverty.”     United  NaOons  ResoluOon  64/136  (2010)   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2012:  The  United  Nations     International  Year  of  Co-­‐ops  
  19. 19. Contribu1on  of  Co-­‐opera1ve  Enterprise  to   • Poverty  ReducOon   • Employment  GeneraOon   • Social  IntegraOon   • Fairness  &  GlobalizaOon   • Conflict  ResoluOon   • Food  Security  for  Producers  &  Consumers     NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2012:  The  United  Nations     International  Year  of  Co-­‐ops  
  20. 20. Goals   • Increase  public  awareness   • Promote  formaOon  and  growth   • Encourage  governments  to  establish   policies,  laws  and  regulaOons  conducive  to   the  formaOon,  growth  and  stability                                     of  co-­‐operaOves   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2012:  The  United  Nations     International  Year  of  Co-­‐ops  
  21. 21. INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE ALLIANCE BLUEPRINT FOR A CO-OPERATIVE DECADE NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   JANUARY 2013 2013:  International  Co-­operative  Alliance  Blueprint   hkp://    
  22. 22. Global  Challenges   • Environmental  degradaOon   • Unstable  financial  sector   • Global  governance  gap   • Disenfranchised  younger  generaOon   • Loss  of  trust  in  poliOcal  &  economic   organizaOons   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   International     Co-­‐operative  Alliance  (ICA)  
  23. 23. 2013:  ICA  Blueprint     for  a  Co-­‐operative  Decade   INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE ALLIANCE BLUEPRINT FOR A CO-OPERATIVE DECADE JANUARY 2013 NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Co-­‐ops  are  a  Be]er   Business  Model   •  ParOcipaOon  through   ownership  &   governance,   •  Economic,  social  &   environmental   sustainability,   •  Place  people  before   profit.  
  24. 24. 2013:  ICA  Blueprint     for  a  Co-­‐operative  Decade   INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE ALLIANCE BLUEPRINT FOR A CO-OPERATIVE DECADE JANUARY 2013 NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   By  2020,  co-­‐opera1ve   enterprise  will  be…   •  The  leader  in   economic,  social  and   environmental   sustainability,   •  The  business  model   preferred  by  people   around  the  world,   •  The  fastest  growing   form  of  enterprise.  
  25. 25. Strategy   • Elevate  parOcipaOon  to  a  new  level   • Co-­‐operaOves  as  builders  of  sustainability   • Build  the  co-­‐operaOve  message  &  idenOty   • Legal  frameworks  for  co-­‐operaOve  growth   • Reliable  co-­‐operaOve  capital  that  also   guarantees  member  control  and  reinforces   the  co-­‐op  idenOty   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2013:  ICA  Blueprint     for  a  Co-­‐operative  Decade  
  26. 26. 2013:  ICA  Blueprint     for  a  Co-­‐operative  Decade   Member   ParOcipaOon   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Sustainable   Business   Co-­‐opera1ve   Iden1ty   Co-­‐op   Capital     Legal   Framework  
  27. 27. NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2014:  United  Nations  International  Year  of  Family  Farming   hkp://­‐farming-­‐2014/en/    
  28. 28. “The  2014  InternaOonal  Year  of  Family   Farming  (IYFF)  aims  to  raise  the  profile  of   family  farming  and  smallholder  farming  by   focusing  world  akenOon  on  its  significant   role  in  eradicaOng  hunger  and  poverty,   providing  food  security  and  nutriOon,   improving  livelihoods,  managing  natural   resources,  protecOng  the  environment,  and   achieving  sustainable  development,  in   parOcular  in  rural  areas.”   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2014:  United  Nations  International   Year  of  Family  Farming  
  29. 29. Objec1ves   •  Policies  conducive  to   family  farming   •  Increase  knowledge,   communicaOon,  public   awareness   •  Understand  needs,   potenOal,  constraints,   support   •  Synergies  for   sustainability  -­‐   parOcularly  with  UN   Year  of  Co-­‐ops     NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2014:  United  Nation  International   Year  of  Family  Farming  
  30. 30. Linkage  with  Year  of  Co-­‐ops   •  Co-­‐ops  strengthen  bargaining  power  and  resource   sharing  that  lead  to  food  security  and  poverty   reducOon  for  millions  of  small  producers…   •  Offer  men  and  women  smallholders  market   opportuniOes,  and  services  such  as  training  in   natural  resource  mgmt,  and  access  to  informaOon,   technologies,  innovaOons  &  extension  services.   •  “The  importance  of  agricultural  co-­‐operaOves  in   improving  the  lives  of  millions  of  smallholder   farmers  and  their  families  cannot  be  overstated.”   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   2014:  United  Nations  International   Year  of  Family  Farming  
  31. 31. •  How  can  we  take  advantage  of  this   opportunity  to  grow  co-­‐operaOve   enterprises?   •  Where  are  the  key  opportuni1es  to  use  the   co-­‐op  model  in  the  regional  economy?   •  What  are  the  obstacles  to  growth  and   development?   •  What  can  NEFU  do  to  support  co-­‐op   development  and  cross  sector  collaboraOon   among  co-­‐ops?   •  Your  quesOons  and  feedback.   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Key  Questions  for  Today  
  32. 32. New England Farmers Union Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy February 16, 2014 Burlington, VT
  33. 33. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Regional Strengths •  Regional Weaknesses •  Regional Opportunities •  Regional Threats
  34. 34. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Regional Strengths ▫  Conservation and protection of farmland ▫  Consuming population- southern New England ▫  Open Farmland – concentration northern New England ▫  Adequate rainfall and good soils ▫  Transportation corridors between North and South ▫  Farmers – men and women, young and old ▫  Value Added Agriculture ▫  Connection of farms to institutions – schools, hospitals, colleges and consumers
  35. 35. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Regional Weaknesses ▫  10 months of winter and 2 months of hard sledding – the weather and growing season ▫  Light food processing – vegetables especially ▫  Slaughter and processing capacity ▫  One way hauling – no back hauling – cost ▫  Feed costs and availability ▫  Farm profitability – especially dairy ▫  Small-farm production aggregation
  36. 36. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Regional Threats ▫  Loss of farmland - Urban development pressure and large rural residential parcels ▫  Right to farm issues ▫  Laws/ordinances restricting agricultural activity as a result of residential/commercial pressure. ▫  Food Safety Concerns – FSMA ▫  Importation of food from other regions ▫  Global warming – pests and changing maple sugaring season ▫  Exclusive language around local vs. regional
  37. 37. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Regional Opportunities ▫  Connection of southern population centers with northern production areas – how to benefit all   Role of Harvest New England   Farm to Institution New England market development ▫  Continue and increase direct marketing opportunities   Boston Public Market, Connecticut Market Space, NYC market   New CSA outlets – regional CSA’s?, State Employee CSA’s   Continue work with Farmers Markets and income challenged population
  38. 38. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Regional Opportunities ▫  Ag and Culinary tourism opportunities – see it made, restaurants and visitors to all our states   DigIn VT   Cheese maps   Wine Trails ▫  Renewable Energy on farms – reduce costs, shared benefits and co-op ventures with towns   Methane Digestion – off farm food wastes, wind, solar   Heat as well as electricity   Connect different types of farms – heat from methane digester for greenhouses – dairy and produce on one farm   All season growing opportunities
  39. 39. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  How do Cooperative fit in by sector? •  Dairy ▫  Cooperatives exist but are they the right type   New Law in Vermont and other states allow for investment in Co-ops by non-members but allow farmers members to remain in control ▫  Support and market value added as well as conventional dairy products from the region   Smaller value added processors can they aggregate and distribute together through a cooperative
  40. 40. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  How do Cooperative fit in by sector? •  Meat ▫  Increase slaughter and processing capacity – regionally   Potential ownership model of cooperative – owners move own animals through facility ▫  How to match herd, flock and swine production on farm to meet growing demand – not too much or too little   Can cooperatives of growers work with private owned slaughter facilities and or cooperative slaughter facilities – vertical integration? ▫  Creative partnerships between growers and buyers
  41. 41. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Produce – fruit and vegetable ▫  Continue growth in Farm to School and Farm to Institution locally and regionally   Alignment of product specifications within sectors and across region ▫  Direct Markets sales one arena   Expand farmer sales beyond direct market cooperative marketing ▫  Food hubs – many definitions but are these acting as marketing co-ops   Is this a concern?   Aggregation and distribution roles ▫  Light processing – location and number needed – improve year round market to schools and institutions   Grower remain independent but form a co-op to have light processing facilities ▫  Food Safety Modernization Act – can we work together as a region?   Cooperative model could provide staff to assist farms in meeting FSMA requirements   Hire staff to work with each farm to implement FSMA
  42. 42. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Opportunity to expand producer-owned cooperatives? ▫  Deep Root Organic Cooperative as a transferable model
  43. 43. Opportunities in the Regional Food System & Economy •  Importance of this meeting ▫  Continue and enhance the discussion of cooperatives in the changing world of agriculture ▫  Profitability and how to enhance farmers access to markets, processing and distribution •  Overview ▫  Opportunities for strengthening the regions farm economy are there ▫  How do we advance these opportunities?
  44. 44. Discussion   •  QuesOons  &  Feedback   •  What  are  some  of  the  core  challenges  to   growing  exisOng  co-­‐ops  and  to  starOng  new   ones?     •  What  are  the  key  opportuniOes  for  applying   the  model  to  an  evolving  food  system?     •  What  role  can  NEFU  play  in  addressing  these   quesOons  moving  forward?   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   3.  Challenges  &  Opportunities  
  45. 45. •  Officially  known  as  the  “Farmers'  EducaOonal   and  CooperaOve  Union  of  America”  (1902)   •  Key  role  in  passage  of  Capper  Volstead  Act  in   1922  &  CooperaOve  MarkeOng  Act  of  1926   •  Founded  Farmers  Union  Central  Exchange  in   1931;  merged  with  Harvest  States  Co-­‐ operaOve  to  form  CHS:   •  Largest  US-­‐based  co-­‐op  by  revenue  (2012)   •  69th  on  Fortune  500  list  by  revenue  (2012)   •  25th  largest  convenience  store  chain  in  US   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   4.  Farmers  Union     Co-­‐operative  Legacy  
  46. 46. • NEFU  Policy  Statement   • Recruitment  of  co-­‐op  members   • Establishment  of  a  Commikee  on  Co-­‐ operaOve  Development  to  assess  needs   and  prioriOes  of  members   • Grant  opportuniOes  that  address   opportuniOes  in  the  food  system,  our   policy  statement  and  the  prioriOes  of   members     NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   NEFU  Activities  
  47. 47. •  Needs  to  be  more  responsive  to  needs  and   interests  of  exisOng  co-­‐ops   •  Need  for  reliable  technical  support   •  Focus  tends  to  be  on  development  of  new  co-­‐ops   rather  than  exisOng  enterprises   •  Basic  principles  of  co-­‐op  enterprise  not  well   understood  by  gov’ts,  developers,  lawyers,  etc.   •  State  statutes  vary  widely  and  some  proposals  for   change  threaten  co-­‐operaOve  idenOty   •  Development  relies  too  heavily  on  outside   consultants  rather  than  the  experOse  and   experience  of  co-­‐op  pracOOoners   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   The  State  of  Co-­‐operative   Development  in  New  England  
  48. 48. •  Defend  the  unique  character  of  co-­‐operaOve   enterprise   •  OpportuniOes  for  cross  sector  collaboraOon  that   maximize  impact  in  the  regional  food  system   •  Support  development  of  exisOng  co-­‐ops  before  the   development  of  new  co-­‐ops,  and  avoid   compeOOon  with  exisOng  co-­‐ops   •  Facilitate  the  work,  prioriOes  and  experOse  of   member  co-­‐ops  in  development   •  Educate  public  &  decision  makers  on  the  impact   and  potenOal  of  co-­‐ops  in  the  food  system   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   NEFU  Co-­‐operative  Priorities  
  49. 49. •  High  Meadows  FoundaOon  to  organize  a   “Convening  of  Co-­‐ops,”  including  farmers,  co-­‐ op  members,  co-­‐op  staff  and  other   stakeholders  to  discuss  the  role  of  co-­‐ops  in   enhancing  Vermont’s  farm  and  food  system.   •  USDA  Rural  Business  Enterprise  Grant  “to   help  producers  scale  up  producOon  and   markeOng  of  regionally  produced  food   through  co-­‐operaOve  business  ventures”  in   W.  Massachuseks   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Grant  Supported  Projects  
  50. 50. • MERCK  FoundaOon  “to  scale  up   producOon  and  markeOng  of  regionally   produced  food  by  educaOng  farmers  and   fishermen  about  co-­‐operaOve  business   models,  providing  them  with  technical   assistance,  and  eliminaOng  legal  barriers   that  new  farm  and  fishing  co-­‐operaOves   face…”   • CompilaOon  and  analysis  of  New  England   co-­‐operaOve  statutes   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Grant  Supported  Projects  
  51. 51. USDA  Value  Added   Producer  Grant  to   Deep  Root  Organic  Co-­‐ op  to  explore   processing  and   regional  distribuOon  in   collaboraOon  with   Neighboring  Food  Co-­‐ op  AssociaOon  (NFCA).   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Grant  Supported  Projects  
  52. 52. Jane's  Trust  grant  to   support  Healthy  Food   Access  work  of  the   NFCA  addressing   affordability  of  healthy,   local  food  and  access   to  co-­‐operaOve   membership  for   people  with  limited   incomes.   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Grant  Supported  Projects  
  53. 53. Producer  Co-­‐op  Principles   •  One  member,  one  vote   •  ConOnuing  educaOon   •  Open  membership   •  Patronage  refund   •  CompeOOve  pricing   •  Limited  return  on  investment   •  ConOnuous  expansion   •  PoliOcal  &  religious  neutrality   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Policy  Priorities  
  54. 54. • Promote  the  co-­‐operaOve  idenOty   • Revitalize  USDA  co-­‐op  services   • PromoOon  of  co-­‐operaOve  educaOon   • Defense  of  Capper-­‐Volstead   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   NEFU  Supports  
  55. 55. •  Joint  ventures  with  mulOnaOonal   corporaOons   •  Outsourcing  of  product  to  non-­‐members   •  Defense  fund  schemes  that  avoid  full  equity   payment  to  member  patrons   •  ModificaOon  of  state  laws  that  undermines   core  principles  of  member  ownership,   control,  financing,  and  distribuOon  of   patronage  based  on  use   •  E.g.,  Limited  Co-­‐operaOve  AssociaOon  statutes   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   NEFU  Opposes  
  56. 56. • Promote  the  co-­‐operaOve  idenOty   • Revitalize  USDA  co-­‐op  services   • PromoOon  of  co-­‐operaOve  educaOon   • Defense  of  Capper-­‐Volstead   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   Policy  Priorities  
  57. 57. • Where  do  we  go  from  here?   • How  can  we  align  NEFU’s  acOviOes  with   opportuniOes  in  the  food  system?   • How  can  we  best  collaborate  with  partners   to  advance  our  vision  &  prioriOes?   • How  would  you  like  to  be  involved?   NEFU  Convening  on  Co-­‐operaOves,   NOFA-­‐VT  16th  Feb  2014   5.  Next  Steps  
  58. 58. Thank-­‐you.   New  England  Farmers  Union    
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