Marketing Co-ops

Make sure to check out the links on the General Resources - Marketing Options page, starting with your state's agricultural resources.

 

Regional Resources

Rocky Mountain Farmers' Union: Cooperative Development Center

The Rocky Mountain Farmers' Union operate the Cooperative Development Center to provide services and assistance to farmers exploring new member-owned marketing and processing opportunities.

http://www.co-ops.org

 

 

Other Resources

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America's farmer cooperatives. Members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn comprised of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country.

http://www.ncfc.org/

 

Organic Valley

Organic Valley serves small farmers and rural community health by combining two alternative business models - the family farm and the cooperative.

http://organicvalley.coop/

 

Cooperative Education

USDA Rural Development website containing great information on cooperatives, including introductions to cooperatives, feasibility studies, and numerous other reports and topics.

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/bcp_coop_education.html

 

The Farmer's Legal Guide to Producer Marketing Associations

This book looks at some of the issues raised when farmers decide to work together. The book is focused on legal issues, yet it also looks at some of the business fundamentals and marketing issues farmers need to consider as they approach a producer marketing association.

http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/assets/articles/obrien_producermarketing_book.pdf