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Cooperative Grocers' Information Network
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How to Start a Cooperative This guide outlines the process of organizing and financing a cooperative business. Rather than being a complete handbook, this publication represents the most important elements to consider when forming a cooperative. It lists what special expertise is necessary, and where to look for help. Earlier versions of this publication emphasized working with groups of agricultural producers to develop markets and sources of supply for farm operators. A compelling need and a few community leaders can spark the idea of forming a cooperative. A cooperative is a business owned and controlled by the people who use its services. In many respects, cooperatives resemble other businesses. The user-owned principle means the people who own and finance the cooperative are those who use it. People organize cooperatives to improve their income or economic position or to provide a needed service. Reduce costs- Volume purchasing reduces the purchase price of needed supplies. 1.

The Art and Practice of Sausage Making A list of current publications from NDSU Extension Service. The materials on this site are organized by topic. Use the menu to browse for materials related to the listed topics. The educational materials listed here have been through a thorough review process and are available in hard copy from the Distribution Center unless marked otherwise. Latest NDSU Extension Publications Safe Food for Babies and Children: Heating Solid Food Safely - FN715 Whether warming bottles or solid foods, it is ALWAYS important to use safe heating practices to keep your baby happy and healthy. Grass Tetany - V1703 This publication provides clientele with overview of Grass Tetany, symptoms of the disorder, and management guidelines to prevent the disorder. Look After Your Eyes - FN710 This is a short guide to age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in the United States for people over age 60.

The Grower - The Grower Home | Capitalism 3.0 MOSES | Financial Management Resources Books | Budgeting Templates | Business Planning | General Resources | Goal Setting Enterprise Budgeting Tools | Government Programs | Labor and Employment Information Loans and Funders | Software | Taxes | Risk Assessment Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Statement of Cash Flows Templates Iowa State University – Financial Statements Worksheet (Excel) Oklahoma State University – Farm Balance Sheet (PDF) Oklahoma State University – Receipt Tracker (PDF) Oklahoma State University – Expense Tracker (PDF) Oklahoma State University – Income Statement (PDF) Benchmarks of Yields and Prices Iowa State Ag Decision Maker – Offers data for benchmarking at WI Center for Dairy Profitability – Benchmarks for dairy farms, both organic and non-organic, including grazing operations. Wisconsin Dairy Ratio Benchmarking Tool (WisDRBT) – Allows you to compare your financial ratios to your farm’s past performance, and do a comparative analysis with the industry. Books Making Your Small Farm Profitable. 1999. Software

How to Start a Cooperative This guide outlines the process of organizing and financing a cooperative business. Rather than being a complete handbook, this publication represents the most important elements to consider when forming a cooperative. It lists what special expertise is necessary, and where to look for help. Earlier versions of this publication emphasized working with groups of agricultural producers to develop markets and sources of supply for farm operators. This version has been broadened to also include nonfarm cooperative applications. the cooperative business structure, already shown to be successful in agriculture, also has been useful in helping others obtain desired benefits or provide needed services in areas like housing, utilities, finance, health care, child care, and small business support. A compelling need and a few community leaders can spark the idea of forming a cooperative. A cooperative is a business owned and controlled by the people who use its services. 1.

Tips on Making Sausage - Gourmet Recipes from SausageMania! Produce Retailer Capitalism 3.0 Book: Peter Barnes. Capitalism 3.0: Enriching Ourselves By Enhancing Our Commons, Berrett-Koehler, 2006. It is also available at the excellent On the Commons blog, where it is downloadable for free in pdf format. URL = See also: From the publisher: "Our current version of capitalism — the corporate, globalized version 2.0—is rapidly squandering our shared inheritances. Barnes shows how capitalism — like a computer—is run by an operating system. Barnes proposes a revised operating system — Capitalism 3.0 — that protects the commons while preserving the many strengths of capitalism as we know it. Capitalism 3.0 offers a practical alternative to our current flawed economic system. Capitalism 3.0 as third stage of capitalism Otto Scharmer: Capitalism 3.0: An (as-yet-unrealized) intentional and inclusive eco-system economy that upgrades the capacity for collaboration and innovation in all sectors and systems."

Buy Fresh Buy Local Iowa MembersAs a member of a Buy Fresh Buy Local Iowa Chapter, you make your business easier for customers to find and understand. Local foods directories, farm tours, local foods meals and more are all ways that chapters work together to better connect farmers, markets, restaurants and consumers. Contact your local BFBL Iowa chapter to learn more about membership! SupportersWant to see more local foods in your local grocery store? Do you think that school kitchens should buy from local farms? Are you concerned about where food at your local care center comes from? Joining BFBL as a supporter is easy - call or email the contact listed on your chapter's page to find out how to join your chapter! Photo: Seed Savers Exchange; credit Joanna Hamilton. Local food... Tastes betterHelps the local economyIs healthierIs saferSupports family farmsIs better for the environment Photo: One Step at a Time Gardens; credit Joanna Hamilton.

Preserving Food Safely - S You may be looking for a website belonging to one of the following: College of Agriculture & Natural Resources The founding college of Michigan State University, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offers academics in 13 departments, schools and other programs. Visit CANR » MSU Extension Michigan State University Extension is focused on bringing knowledge- based educational programs to the people of the state to improve lives and communities. Visit MSUE » AgBioResearch Formerly known as the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, AgBioResearch is one of the largest research organizations at Michigan State University. Visit AgBioResearch »

The Packer How to Kickstart your Local Sharing Movement with a ShareFest In the spirit of the #SharingSpring, Sharing Cities Network and Get2Gether communities (with the Center For A New American Dream) are hosting local ShareFests in cities around the world. Focused on the transformational experience of sharing, these events will be co-created by sharing organizations and the public. 20 cities in the Sharing Cities Network have already committed to hosting ShareFests so far. And many more have expressed interest. You can sign up here to help organize a ShareFest in your city! ShareFests are participatory events designed to connect the local sharing economy that range in size from intimate 20 person sharing events within community organizations like timebanks, to large three day public gatherings with over 3,000 people! ShareFest Ghent repair cafe ShareFests are the perfect opportunity to bring people together who are just as interested in sharing and excited to create a more sharing city together. What can a ShareFest include?

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