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NFU’s College Conference on Cooperatives Brings Cooperative Education to Next Generation of Leaders
South Dakota Ag Connection - 02/26/2024

National Farmers Union (NFU) hosted 76 students and educators in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last weekend for its annual College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC). The three-day conference provides an interactive learning experience for American agriculture’s next generation on the importance, structure, and operations of various types of cooperative groups.

“Cooperatives have long played a vital role in bolstering rural and urban communities alike – which is why Farmers Union established this program decades ago” said NFU Senior Director of Engagement Emma McCormick. “By engaging tomorrow’s agricultural leaders in hands-on application of cooperative business principles and structures, we can help inform them of and prepare them for the many opportunities available to them through the cooperative model.”

Representatives and farmers from both long-established and emerging cooperatives offered their insight on cooperative careers, leadership, and development. Students heard from representatives from Compeer Farm Credit, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), CROPP/Organic Valley, Northcountry Cooperative Foundation, and National Co-op Grocers, as well featured speakers from several universities. In addition, participants visited several area cooperative organizations, including Seward Community Co-op, Riverton Housing Co-op, MY Credit Union, and REI Co-op.



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