By Phil Kenkel, Vice Chair, Cooperatives CoP and Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair, Oklahoma State University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. A two-stage Delphi survey was conducted, followed by expert panel sessions in Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The material below summarizes some of the findings from the project.
During the Critical Issues Pre-Conference of the Farmers Cooperative Conference in Minneapolis on November 3, 2011, David Peters, National Account Manager for CHS discussed some of the characteristics of the best cooperatives.
The real challenges facing cooperatives are developing the characteristics of survivors. Through my work developing business plans and analyzing market scenarios with Land O' Lakes, I have noted some of the key characteristics of the cooperative firms that survive and prosper. The cooperatives in this category tend to have: