Co-op News

NASCO is accepting applications for the position of Director of Education.

Calabasas will become the first city to join the Los Angeles County Community Choice Energy program. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors launched the energy buying co-op earlier this year that will offer businesses and residents an opportunity to pool their buying power and purchase electricity that comes from suppliers other than Southern California Edison.

A fairly new group has formed to promote and encourage fine wine production in the Garden State. It's called the New Jersey Winemakers Co-op.

Stanislaus has deep roots in its community. The farmer-owned coop dates to 1949 and currently has over 2,000 members (though customers are not limited to coop members). The co-op also spearheads AgStories, a website and video news channel dedicated to telling compelling stories about California agriculture.

After its first few months, Yolo Eco-Clean Cooperative — a worker-owned co-op made up of local house-cleaning professionals — already is experiencing growth.

Residents were celebrating the fifth anniversary of a major achievement that could inspire similar communities across the country: The day they began to take more control of their lives.

September/October 2016

Written By Mai Nguyen of CCCD, published in Rural Cooperatives magazine, a USDA publication

The California Grain Campaign, which launched Oct. 12, asks that all farmers market bakers use 20% locally grown whole grain flour in their products by 2020.

Two local nonprofits — the California Center for Cooperative Development and Empower Yolo — have partnered in developing a worker co-op to create jobs and cooperative ownership opportunities for underserved residents in Yolo County. Yolo Eco-Clean Cooperative, a green cleaning business providing residential and commercial cleaning services in Yolo County, will open its doors on Nov. 1.

Net income for the nation's agricultural cooperatives soared by 14 percent last year, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). In its annual report on national cooperative business sales, USDA reported that the country's farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record net income of $7 billion in 2015.

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