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.
Study shows major impact of ag co-ops on Nebraska economy pg. 17
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
Food Hubs: an evolution of the coop business model
What leads to satisfied coop members?
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.
Elwood Hometown Cooperative Market Opens for 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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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
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)
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)