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How Are We Doing?
by Mel Braverman

In my work with department managers, I typically ask, "How do you feel you are performing?" Almost every manager easily responds to this question. Then I ask how they think their supervisor would...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Flexible or Flawed
by Dave Gutknecht

Securing adequate capital from members as well as external sources is a primary ­cooperative challenge. The importance of capital often is not well recognized in these democratic organizations,...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Understanding the ULCAA
by Lynn Pitman

Since 2001, new cooperative laws have been adopted in five states—Wyoming, Tennessee, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—and introduced in the Nebraska state legislature. These laws do not replace...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Governance Considerations for New Retail Food Cooperatives
by Thane Joyal

The Uniform Limited Cooperation Association Act (UCLAA) and a variety of state statutes have provided new financing flexibility for organizers of food cooperatives. In addition, these business...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
St. Peter Food Co-op Chooses Flexibility in Reincorporation
by Stuart Reid

St. Peter Food Co-op in Minnesota ­reincorporated under Minn. 308b ­statutes, one of the first state limited cooperative associations (LCA) options, in 2007. They decided to make the change in...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
A Trojan Horse in Our Midst
by Laddie Lushin, Esq.

The Uniform Limited Cooperative Association Act (which I'll refer to as the ULCAA or the Act) is a "model" statute proposed for adoption in the individual states. It is a governing statute for an...

08 Dec 2010 #151 November - December 2010
Bad for Bees: EPA Bows to Bayer
by Dave Gutknecht

Tom Philpot at Grist, www.grist.org, continues to contribute excellent reporting on food and pharm corporations.

These businesses and their federal regulators regularly undermine public...

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Cooperative Finance: Discounts Provoke Discussion!
by Scott Beers

Editor's note:

Recently, several readers wrote letters to the editor discussing financial matters.  These letters appear below, followed by a response from the authors of the finance...

28 Dec 2010 #064 May - June - 1996
Cooperative Finance: Discounts Provoke Discussion!
by Margaret Lund

Editor's note:

Recently, several readers wrote letters to the editor discussing financial matters.  These letters appear below, followed by a response from the authors of the finance...

28 Dec 2010 #064 May - June - 1996
Director Recruitment: The Nominations Process
by Karen Zimbelman

It's true. The responsibilities of being a director usually become so consuming that not much time ends up being devoted to thinking about upcoming elections. For many co-ops, the "recruitment and...

04 Jan 2011 #002 December - January - 1985
A Victory for Local and Regional Food
by Dave Gutknecht

Updating the story on food safety legislation.

05 Jan 2011 • Endcap Articles
Hanover Co-op Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary!
by Dan Nordley

Seventy-five years ago—a general meeting was held in the library of the Hanover, New Hampshire, High School at 7:30 p.m., January 6, 1936, for the purpose of organizing a consumers’ club.

14 Jan 2011 • Endcap Articles
Capital Crunch, Capitol Crawl
by Dave Gutknecht

Creative proposals and inspiring stories illustrate ways to advance the cooperative agenda. That agenda is quite diverse in its programs, but co-ops share a common set of values and principles and...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Cultivating Policy Support for Sustainable Farming
by Kristina Hubbard

Why should we care about the Farm Bill? Because no other piece of legislation determines the direction of food and farm policy more than this law. In other words, a sustainable food future largely...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
New Support for Urban Cooperative Development
by Staff

CooperationWorks! (CW) and the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) announced on Oct. 15, 2010, a new initiative for urban coopera­tive development. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.),...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
"Flexible or Flawed" Co-op Laws
by StaffRick Stewart: "Pigs are authorized to wear lipstick"

To the editor:After leaving Frontier Natural Products Co-op in 1999, I enjoyed distracting myself with various non-co-op activities such as...

01 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
NCGA Responds to GE Alfalfa Deregulation
by Kelly Smith

IOWA CITY, IOWA (Jan. 28, 2011)– National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) expressed disappointment with the USDA’s decision for complete deregulation of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready genetically...

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Pioneer Market Meets Downtown Troy
by Stuart Reid

Pioneer Market opened on Oct. 5 after five years of organizing. Located in the central downtown of Troy, N.Y., the co-op attracted major civic investment as the only full-sized grocery store in...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
The Cooperative Economy Is Booming!
by Stuart Reid

Six years ago, Food Co-op 500 started with a ­volunteer task force and no staff. NCB/NCB Capital Impact donated some staff time (Richard Dines) to coordinate a round of seed grants and to assemble...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Co-ops Are Doing It for Themselves
by Phyllis Robinson

On Saturday, Oct. 2, Seward Cooperative Grocery & Deli in Minneapolis was the first consumer co-op to launch the Principle Six Cooperative Trade Movement (P6) to its customers and the larger...

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
The Best Job Ever
by Nikla Lancksweert

The following statements were made by pre-teens and teenagers from Philadelphia public schools. Be warned—you’ll be shocked.

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Two Faces of Customer Service
by Mari Roseman

Mike dropped by the co-op to grab a sandwich for a quick lunch. He brought his purchase to the checkout counter, relieved to see the cashier had nearly finished with the customer ahead of him....

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Questioning At-Will Employment
by Carolee Colter

In the previous edition of this magazine (CG #151, November–December 2010) we read about the progress of the Domestic Fair Trade Association in establishing principles for domestic fair trade....

03 Feb 2011 #152 January - February - 2011
Excellent Resources from Organic Conferences
by Dave Gutknecht

Even if you missed recent key conferences on organics, you can get audio recordings of the many valuable speakers and workshop discussions.

Two major annual gatherings of organic farmers...

04 Mar 2011 • Endcap Articles
Senate Considers Deep Cuts to Organic and Sustainable Ag
by Dave Gutknecht

The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture is urging immediate pressure on U.S. Senators to prevent deep cuts to funding of programs for organic and sustainable farming and food production...

04 Mar 2011 • Endcap Articles