Cooperatives Call for Vote

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The board of directors for Family Dairies USA, Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative and Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers have called for a membership vote on the proposed merger of the three cooperatives. Members of the cooperatives are asked to mail votes into their respective cooperative by December 18, 2012. The call for member votes comes after a series of information sharing …

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Co-ops Announce Proposed Merger

Cindy Zimmerman

The board of directors for Family Dairies USA, Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative and Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers have unanimously voted to recommend a unified merger for their membership. Combined, these three cooperatives could soon become the largest Midwest dairy marketing cooperative under the new name of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “We are extremely excited about the future this effort will offer …

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Majority Use Some Cooperative Every Day

Melissa Sandfort

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, ” What cooperatives play a role in your life/business?” Our poll results: Ten percent said Electric/water/utilities; ten percent said Farm Credit/credit union; five percent said Farm supplies; twenty percent said Energy/biofuels; three percent said Farm commodity; three percent said Other; thirty-five percent said Two or more of the above; and fifteen percent said None. …

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Dairy Co-ops Top Income in 2011

Cindy Zimmerman

October is National Cooperative Month and 2012 is the the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, so it is extra special to celebrate record farm cooperative income in 2011 and dairy co-ops did very well indeed. USDA released the latest statistics today, showing that farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives posted record sales of $213 billion and $5.4 billion in net …

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