Critical Issues for Agricultural Cooperatives

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Phil Kenkel and John Park, Guest Editors

Theme Overview: Critical Issues for Agricultural Cooperatives

This article discusses the insights gained from a panel of cooperative leaders and USDA and academic experts. A wide range of agricultural cooperatives was represented in the effort. Critical issues relating to the external environment, strategy, finance, governance, communication and new cooperative development are identified and highlighted.

Current Issues in Strategy for Agricultural Cooperatives

A summary of current issues in cooperative strategy is discussed. Strategy is an important topic for senior leaders and boards of directors. Education on the need to align strategy on patrons and cooperative principles is needed.

Current Challenges in Financing Agricultural Cooperatives

Current challenges in agricultural cooperative finance are discussed. Finance is an important topic for senior cooperative leaders and boards of directors. Education is needed on how to align cooperative finance principles with cooperative principles and business models.