Washington -- Students from across the nation will gather in Minneapolis Feb. 14 -16, for ’s (NFU) College Conference on Cooperatives (CCOC), to learn how cooperative businesses operate for the benefit of their customers. The annual event focuses on how and why cooperatives succeed in America's competitive business environment.
'In industries as varied as senior housing and child daycare to providing fertilizer and fuel to farmers, cooperatives are leading business models serving millions of Americans,' said NFU President Roger Johnson.
The CHS Foundation, CoBank, Farmers Union Industries Foundation, National Farmers Union Foundation and others sponsor the NFU College Conference on Cooperatives.
While in Minneapolis, students will be guests at CHS, the nation's leading and largest agricultural cooperative. The participants also will hear from cooperative leaders, farmers, and government experts who will explain the current challenges facing member-owned cooperatives. Additionally, the students will tour housing, retail and marketing cooperatives in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
'Our own history is very closely tied with the cooperative movement,' said Johnson. 'Farmers Union has a strong commitment to providing cooperative education not only to our own members, but also to the general public, and especially to young people.'