U.S. Ag Co-op Trends: Numbers declining, business volume increasing

Dr. Iryna Demko, formerly an agribusiness researcher with the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at Ohio State University, has released a report on research she conducted while at OSU about trends of U.S. agricultural cooperatives, showing how the number of agricultural cooperatives in the U.S. has declined while cooperative business volume and number of members has increased.  Dr. Demko currently is a research associate at the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University. Dr. Demko’s full report, Trends of U.S. Agricultural Cooperatives: 1913 to 2016,” has been published by the Center for Cooperatives and is now available for viewing on the Center’s webpage.

Latest World Cooperative Monitor report available

The latest edition of the World Cooperative Monitor report on the world’s largest cooperative and mutual organizations has been released, providing rankings of the Top 300 and sector analysis based on 2016 financial data. This report has a new feature: an analysis of the Top 300 and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), taking a look at how the largest cooperative enterprises and mutual in the world are moving toward achieving the SDGs. There are many examples of cooperative development of projects to ensure fair labor, protect the environment, and more to meet the SDGs.


ACE Webinar Series Features the CFAES Center for Cooperatives

The Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) presents the 2018 webinar series “Planting the Seed: Empowering the Next Generation of Co-op Rural Development Professionals.” Staff from the CFAES Center for Cooperatives presents the Center’s signature online training, Co-op Mastery, an online education resource for rural and agricultural cooperatives to start, grow and participate in a cooperative business.

The free webinar takes place November 15th, from noon to 1 p.m.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ace-webinar-co-op-mastery-tickets-51658370577

For more information about the webinar series contact info@ace.coop

Building Regional Food Hubs

A conference connecting healthy food, farms and communities, dedicated to the life and work of Patrick Kaufman.

Join us Nov. 9 for a one-day conference to connect practitioners, researchers, activists and others engaged in the development of regional food hubs to network and share best practices. Practitioners and researchers will share the findings of a food hub project aimed at improving food access in Columbus, among other learning opportunities.

This conference is presented by Methodist Theological School in Ohio, the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) of The Ohio State University, Franklinton Farms, and Seminary Hill Farm on the campus of MTSO. It is supported in part by a Linkage and Leverage grant through InFACT.


The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9 on the campus of MTSO, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. Here is a Google map. A full schedule for the day will be posted soon.

Meet Intern Kyle Hellman

My name is Kyle Hellman; I am an incoming junior at The Ohio State University studying AgBusiness with a minor in Agronomy. Growing up farming was my first love and first passion.  I grew up on a family farm where my father and I farm around 1,000 acres of corn and soybeans and also sell Pioneer seed.  Most of my childhood memories involve riding in tractors with my dad or playing in the basement with my toy tractors.  That love for agriculture brought me to Ohio State where I am majoring in AgBusiness.  I was interested in coming to Ohio State because I knew of their excellent Ag program and it has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to go to Ohio State.  I am also a huge buckeyes fan which just makes my experience at Ohio State even better.  I have loved every second of being a buckeye and am excited to see what these next two years will bring.

On our family farm we are members of two cooperatives, Farm credit and Jennings Gomer Equity which is an elevator in my hometown.  Other than knowing about those two cooperatives and a few others around my hometown, I did not really know much about Co-ops.  That is why I took the Co-op class at Ohio State, AEDE 3141.  At the end of the semester, our class was presented with a job opportunity through the CFAES center for coops.  Because I found the class interesting and it was an opportunity to learn more about cooperatives, I decided to apply. I was offered the position and I am enjoying working with them.  I am a student assistant for the CFAES center for coops at OSU’s South Centers. I am helping create a directory of professional cooperative service providers in Ohio and West Virginia.