Support Agriculture and Worker Cooperatives


Cooperatives play an important role in U.S. history, in agriculture and beyond. Historically, they served to address general economic problems of under- or overproduction, business uncertainty, and excessive costs, while giving more control of resources to those who produce them. Cooperatives continue to be a tool to support fair economic development and growth in rural communities.

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State Policy Priorities

  • Recognize, establish, and support producer and worker cooperatives.
  • Provide financial incentives and opportunities for cooperative development.

State Examples


Inspired? Ready to dig in on these issues with your rural neighbors? Our practical communications toolkits will help you connect with new communities through common values. The toolkits provide examples on narrative framing, press release templates, sample talking points, and more. 

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