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Organic Rule Still Needs Comments
by Cissy Bowman

At last, the USDA Final Organic Rule -- or is it?

On December 20, 2000 USDA published CFR Part 205: the "Final Rule with request for comments."...

08 Jan 2004 #093 March - April - 2001
Organic Ruling Updated, Hot Issues Remain
by Cissy Bowman

The world continues to watch developments in the Arthur Harvey lawsuit, while the organic community, plaintiff Arthur Harvey, and the USDA work to find common ground on solutions. Harvey visited...

21 Jan 2009 #119 July - August - 2005
Organic Standards Undermined During Government Standoff

A key National Organic Standards Board meeting and discussions scheduled for October 17 have been cancelled.  Meanwhile, the USDA-controlled National Organic Program is making another attempt...

15 Oct 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organic Valley Headquarters Closed by Fire

Updates at bottom:  On May 14, a fire badly damaged the headquarters of Organic Valley in La Farge, Wisconsin.  No one was injured, according to LaCrosse news station http://...

15 May 2013 • Endcap Articles
Organics and E. Coli
by Cissy Bowman

The big news this fall is spinach, salad mixes and E. coli. Retailers of organic products will need to be able to address this issue. In order to do so, staff must know about the sources of the...

20 Jan 2009 #127 November - December - 2006
Organics: New Board Members, New Questions
by Cissy Bowman

People are still reacting to the “directives” from the National Organic Program (including columns in CG for July-August and September-October). However, there needs to be attention paid and...

11 Feb 2005 #115 November - December - 2004
Organics: Report from the Lone Star State
by Cissy Bowman

Organics: Report from the Lone Star State

07 Jan 2004 #107 July - August - 2003
Orienting New Co-op Workers
by Carolee Colter

Orientation:a familiarization with and adaptation to a situation or environment."

Recently hired people need training both in skills and tasks required for their newjobs, and in the...

09 Jan 2004 #033 March - April - 1991
Outpost Co-op Opens Third Milwaukee-Area Store
by Margaret Bert

Kinnickinnic Avenue runs a diagonal path through the Bay View neighborhood of south side Milwaukee, Wis. It is an urban trek through an older, established, working-class community that is fast...

20 Jan 2009 #122 January - February - 2006
Outside the Footprint
by Therese Martin

Along with the successful growth of our food co-ops, in what direction can we expand beyond groceries? Looking for a sustainable avenue to grow our businesses while maintaining our existing values...

13 Nov 2006 #126 September - October - 2006
Owner Bond Drives Support Growth at Willy Street
by David Waisman

Back in April 2010, Willy Street Co-op (Madison, Wis.) launched an owner bond drive to raise money to support the opening of a second retail store, Willy West.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Owner Bond Drives Support Growth at Willy Street
by Lynn Olson

Back in April 2010, Willy Street Co-op (Madison, Wis.) launched an owner bond drive to raise money to support the opening of a second retail store, Willy West.

09 Apr 2012 #159 March - April - 2012
Ownership Matters!
by Margaret Lund

On September 28, members of Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse voted approval, by 62 percent of the members and 73 percent of the votes, of a proposal from the board of directors to sell the...

07 Jan 2004 #103 November - December - 2002
Panzanella: Fresh Ideas at Weaver Street Market
by Ruffin Slater

08 Jan 2004 #095 July - August - 2001
Paradigm for a New Economy
by Patricia Cumbie

Nearly 2,800 cooperators from 91 countries converged on Quebec City, Canada, for the 2012 International Summit of Cooperatives under the theme, "The Amazing Power of Cooperatives," in...

20 Feb 2013 #164 Jan-Feb 2013
Park Slope Food Co-op Is an Energy Star
by Park Slope (energy advisory committee)

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27 Oct 2009 #141 March - April - 2009
Participation and Democracy Deterred
by Dave Gutknecht

The cover section of this issue offers much on building democratic participation, a struggle with many manifestations—including the civil rights movement, forming new co-ops, and...

06 Feb 2014 170 January - February 2014
Partnering Locally for a Food-Secure World
by Brwyn Griffin

Food production and water are current issues for many regional planning commissioners who are awake, including ours in Jefferson County, Wash., where The Food Co-op is located. As the price of...

25 Apr 2011 #154 May - June - 2011
Partnering with Customers
by Chris Ryding

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Have we seen the worst of the recession? The answer is debatable and one that will truly be known only in hindsight. What seems safe to say is that the...

02 Jul 2009 #143 July - August - 2009
Past Year Fast Here
by Dave Gutknecht

Reviewing a year that has gone by as quickly as this one has shouldn't require more than a few paragraphs! I suspect that for most readers, daily demands and future plans keep...

09 Jan 2004 #061 November - December - 1995
Patience and Perseverance Yield Success
by David Fowle

For a number of years the board and management of Wild Oats Cooperative, in the rural northwest corner of Massachusetts, grappled with the need for store expansion. Our board of directors has...

20 Jan 2009 #123 March - April - 2006
Patronage Dividends: A Primer
by Bruce Mayer

Should your cooperative consider patronage dividends to owners? If you are already issuing patronage dividends, is your cooperative following the rules? If your cooperative receives patronage...

14 Jul 2009 #134 Jan - Feb - 2008
Patronage Refund Systems That Work
by Elizabeth Archerd

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One of the great gifts of the cooperative pioneers is the unique way that co-ops handle profit. Profit. Say this aloud: “Co-op profit is good.” Repeat several times...

27 Dec 2008 #138 September - October - 2008
Pay for Performance
by Karen Zimbelman

Are any of these scenarios familiar to you?

The co-op has just hired a new general manager with the experience and skills needed to help the co-op realize its...

09 Jan 2004 #070 May - June - 1997
Payment Card Security Compliance
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26 Jan 2009 #137 July - August - 2008