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Family farmers need cooperatives, but some issues need to be resolved

United States. General Accounting Office

Family farmers need cooperatives, but some issues need to be resolved

report to the Congress

by United States. General Accounting Office

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Published by General Accounting Office in Washington .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Agriculture, Cooperative -- United States.

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    Statementby the Comptroller General of the United States.
    The Physical Object
    Paginationvi, 86 p. :
    Number of Pages86
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL17649127M

    Cooperative Business Models For Young Farmers Webinar On November 21st, and January 9th, the Democracy at Work Institute and the National Young Farmers Coalition hosted a webinar highlighting just a few of the successful cooperatives building local food systems and creating more sustainable livelihoods for young farmers. Misuse of cooperative principles 17 3 Why are farmers interested in cooperatives? 19 Advantages of working together 19 Economic benefits 22 4 What is needed to form a cooperative? 24 Starting the cooperative 24 Committed leaders 27 Other factors for success 29 5 Cooperative management 34 Finding the balance

    smallholder farmers to access international markets (Myers, , Higuchi et. al, ). Organizing within cooperatives also enable farmers to achieve economies of scale, bargaining power, and allow farmers to invest in more advanced stages of the value chain. Furthermore, cooperatives are important civil society actors. The Farmers' Alliances helped farmers solve their problems because they formed cooperatives to push prices up and down the costs of doing business.

      While some Americans may not be familiar with cooperatives, for rural Americans, cooperatives are integral to the economic and social viability of their communities. For decades, co-ops have provided family farmers and rural communities with . Family Farms. The vast majority of farms and ranches in the United States are family owned and operated. USDA classifies family farms as “any farm organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or family corporation. Family farms exclude farms organized as nonfamily corporations or cooperatives, as well as farms with hired managers”.


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Family farmers need cooperatives, but some issues need to be resolved by United States. General Accounting Office Download PDF EPUB FB2

Farmers still face some of the same problems they faced in the 's and 's when legislation first allowed them to form cooperatives to compete more effectively in the agricultural system. The overall trend in American agriculture has been one of increasing concentration marked by a decrease in the number of farms and an increase in average farm size, a greater share of total gross farm.

Get this from a library. Family farmers need cooperatives, but some issues need to be resolved: report to the Congress.

[United States. General Accounting Office.]. Title: CED Family Farmers Need Cooperatives--But Some Issues Need To Be Resolved Subject: Agriculture and Food Created Date: 7/26/ PM.

Family farmers need cooperatives, but some issues need to be resolved: report to the Congress / by the Comptroller General of the United States. By United States. General Accounting Office. Abstract. vi, 86 p.

Topics: Agriculture, Cooperative--United States. Author: United States. General Accounting Office. cooperatives. Problems identified by cooperative management were classified into 17 problem sets. The responses were analyzed for both the past year and the near future (next years) for all cooperatives, by type and size, and by region of the country.

Keywords: cooperatives, statistics, problems, issues, management, agriculture. Some of the newer cooperatives are in essence tax-favored entities for large farmers to invest in industrial facilities. Some drive family farmers out of business by Family farmers need cooperatives in industrial style livestock production.

They have turned the historic cooperative mission on its head. It need not be that way. Approximately 95 percent of all commercial farms are owned and operated by families. Intergenerational farms and ranches are unique among businesses in their integration of production and family life. A serious communication or relationship problem is at the root of many financial problems.

Open communication among both generations works even with the highly stressful issue of land transfer. Ina group of Wisconsin farmers who shared a desire to save family farms and a belief in sustainable agriculture founded CROPP Cooperative and its brands, Organic Valley and Organic Prairie.

Today, CROPP is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and Organic Valley is one of the nation's leading organic brands. Farmers were asked to rank the top issues impacting agriculture business, both in the next year and five years out.

The number one issue is new government mandates and regulations, with nearly 30 percent of the Ag Connect farmer group ranking it as having the most impact on their business within the next year.

Farm co-ops sell or lend farmers what they need to grow their crops and usually buy and market the crops after they are harvested. Several farm supply co-ops are listed among the Fortune Farmer-owned marketing co-ops do business under such well-known supermarket brands as Sunkist, Land O'Lakes, and Ocean Spray.

years pass. Benefits are greater for some types of cooperatives or in specific benefits are evaluated in economic terms but some also may be social. Benefits to Farmers In several major ways, cooperatives benefit farmer-mem-bers, and often nonmembers. Ownership and Democratic Control Cooperatives enable farmers to own and control, on a.

Agricultural cooperatives are autonomous associations - user-owned, user-controlled businesses that distribute benefits on the basis of use Agricultural cooperatives strive to maximize the economic benefits they generate for their members Agricultural cooperatives seek to better the social and cultural status of farmers.

Stop looking back. The world has changed. Women need job satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment, too. "It's not possible to be the perfect farm wife and work away from the home," says Matthews. Men need to listen and try to understand the difficulties women have working off of the farm.

We are a coalition of family-farmers and advocates building the "political muscle" to fight for farmers and rural communities. Family Farm Action will be a progressive voice fighting to protect America’s family farms and rural communities from multinational agribusiness monopolies that are destroying rural economies and way of life.

“Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world” is the 01 World Food Day theme in recognition of the role cooperatives play in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger. Nearly one in seven people suffer from undernourishment, yet the world has the means to eliminate hunger and fuel sustainable development.

Problems and Issues Farmers group and cooperatives A farmer group/ cooperative is a business entity owned and controlled by its members for their mutual benefit. Control comes via membership. Get this book in print. Farmer Cooperatives, Vol Issue 4 dairy debt develop director DIVISION earnings economic efforts employed equipment equity estimated excuse executive expected facility farm farmer Federal feed flour funds grain Growers growth human food important improve increase industrial inflation Institute involved.

To receive the designation of a farmers’ cooperative, the farmers market cooperative will need to apply by filing IRS Form This is yet another very complex area of the tax code.

It’s best to speak to a tax attorney or accountant to clarify the financial implications and to assess whether the farmers market cooperative may be eligible.

main challenges farmers cooperatives are facing From the labour shortage to an under implementation of new technologies to miscommunications with farmers and through to the fear of a potential ag trade war, cooperatives seem are currently in a period of critical development and change.

Not Having the Right Equipment. Third on the list, Stone says, is that some farmers may not have the right equipment to get started. While insists that he is a greater supporter of bootstrapping and doesn’t believe a huge sum is needed to start a small farm, h insists farmers starting out without at least certain basics — a seeder, walk-in cooler and perhaps some other small machinery.

Traditional businesses can quickly respond to issues as they grow because of the centralization of power. But under a cooperative model, members need to be involved in the decision-making process, making it more time-consuming. In cases where decisions must be made fast, cooperatives might not be effective.

Phil Kenkel. Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair, Oklahoma State University. In a recent national project, academic researchers, cooperative managers and members, USDA, agricultural foundations and other stakeholders collaborated to identify the critical issues facing agricultural cooperatives.

Often members of a credit union will provide mutual or peer-pressure guarantees for repayment of loans. In some instances, manufacturing/marketing cooperatives may have credit unions as part of their broader business. Such an approach allows farmers to have a more direct access to critical farm inputs, such as seeds and implements.