Publications

Rural Grocery Stores-More than Just Groceries June 2016

Attendees were able to participate in multiple breakout sessions focused on helping to make rural grocery stores successful and sustainable.

The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center (NCDC) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) provides direct technical assistance to those cities in rural areas of Nebraska that want to build or preserve a business.  

Rural Cooperatives Issue May/June 2016

Study shows major impact of ag co-ops on Nebraska economy pg. 17

Rural Cooperatives Issue Septemeber/October 2015

Co-op Council, UNL create new professorship, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agricultural Economics and the Nebraska Cooperative Council have signed an agreement to create a new professor of agricultural and rural cooperatives. pg. 44

Rural Cooperatives Jan/Feb 2014 Issue

Food Hubs: an evolution of the coop business model
What leads to satisfed coop members?

Rural Cooperatives May/June 2013 Issue

USDA funds help reopen town’s only grocery
When the only grocery store in Elwood, Neb., closed in January of 2012, community leaders quickly responded, organizing a community meeting to consider opening a cooperatively owned grocery store. Jim Crandall of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Cooperative Development Center (NCDC), which receives funding under the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program administered by USDA Rural Development, was the primary speaker at this first meeting.

Cooperation Works! Networks Spring 2013

Elwood Hometown Cooperative Market Opensfor Business
The loss of a grocery store in a rural community can be a devastating blow, especially when it is the only, or at least major, source of local groceries. Not only do people then have to travel farther and expend more time and money to get their groceries, but it can also be a serious blow to community pride and make it harder to attract new residents and businesses.

Cooperation Works! Networks Winter 2012

South African Cooperative Development Centre Visits UNL's Nebraska Cooperative Development Center
"Cooperatives are a wonderful success story in the USA. Our perceptions of what is possible with the cooperative model have been significantly altered after having attended the NCBA conference in Seattle and having visited the NCDC," said Grant. 

Cooperation Works! Networks Fall 2012

NCDC Offers Social Media Training for Businesses
The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center recently presented two webinars on Social Media use for businesses. The webinar series was designed for business owners who are either considering starting to use social media and are unsure of the correct direction or for businesses who have social media and are unsure how best to use it. (page 8)

Rural Cooperatives Sept/Oct 2012

Co-Op Month Special Section: Nebraska town striving to recover from loss of grocery store
The loss of a grocery store in a rural community can be a devastating blow, especially when it is the only, or at least major, source of local groceries. Not only do people then have to travel farther and expend more time and money to get their groceries, but it can also be a serious blow to community pride and make it harder to attract new residents and businesses. (page 34)

Equity Redemption Practices of Nebraska Farmer Cooperatives

Cornhusker Economics-November 30, 201, The ability of a cooperative to redeem the equities of members and former members depends on its particular business and financial characteristics. However, data on the equity redemption practices of other cooperatives can provide useful benchmarks for assessing a cooperative’s equity redemption performance.

Cooperation Works! Neworks Spring 2012

Food Based Cooperatives Spring Up Across Nebraska
Nebraska Cooperative Development Center has seen an
increased interest in the cooperative business model used
for the formation of food cooperatives (both consumer
and producer driven). These include a Farmers’ Market
Association, local food producer groups, and coop grocery
stores. (page 13)

Cooperation Works! Winter 2012

NCDC helping to form farmers market group
As the new year begins in Nebraska, NCDC is providing educational programs and technical assistance to several projects. (page 9)

Rural Cooperatives March/April 2012

Pg. 4: She’s taking care of business-Montana producer Mary Fritz paves a trail for women leaders in Farm Credit System
Pg.26 Co-ops of all types benefit from USDA’s value-added grants
Pg. 32 Dairy co-ops in the 21st century: the first decade
Pg. 36 Co-ops respond to consolidation, global volatility

Cooperation Works! Fall 2011

NCDC Brings Needed Training to Nebraska
The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center (NCDC) collaborated and managed—along with other Nebraska organizations—several educational projects this year. The three main projects were board of directors training, high tunnel workshops and the new CoBAsE program. (page 12)

Cooperation Works! Spring 2011

Community-Owned Stores for Rural Nebraska
The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center has
been involved in a number of development projects
across Nebraska focused on the conversion or start up of
community owned stores in rural towns. (page 13)