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History/Mission

Board of Directors

About Cooperatives

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Black Land Loss

Fighting To Save Black-Owned Land Since 1967 With Cooperatives
Update May 25, 2015
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2015 Federation/LAF Annual Meeting
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Estelle Witherspoon Event-August 13, 2015
August 14-15 - Rural Training Center

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ABOUT COOPERATIVES

Co-ops are the best people development
institutions you can have....

Ray Marshall 1992

ARTICLES ON COOPERATIVES

Impact of Cooperatives on the
United States Economy


How Successful Cooperative Economic
Models Can Work Wonderfully


Early History of Cooperatives
in
Black America
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How to Start a Cooperative and
Cooperative Marketing


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Open Membership

A co-op is open to all persons who have a common need or interest.

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One Person - One Vote

Co-ops are democratically controlled by their members.


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Limited Return on
Investment

To ensure that the benefits of the co-op go to those who use it most,the co-ops will depend on their members to be owners and customers.

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Benefits Returned
According to Use

In a co-op, any margins earned on operations above expenses,and a reasonable reserve, are available for return to members based on their patronage of the co-op. In a co-op, any of the expenses that can be reduced by voluntary efforts of the members reduces the cost of the item to all of the members.

Business for Cash
Whenever Practical

Co-ops must raise most of the capital and operating funds frommembers because granting credit is expensive and always risky.

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Constant Expansion

Members will earn increased services from the co-op if it is effectively serving its members.


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Constant Education

Since the cooperative form of
economic organization is new to most people, especially poor people, education is constantly needed by the members
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CELEBRATING 47 YEARS OF SERVING
THE RURAL SOUTH

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2015 ALABAMA FORESTRY CAMP
Epes,  Alabama • June  22-26, 2015

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2015 Federation/LAF
Annual Meeting

August 13 (Birmingham)
August 14-15 (Rural Training Center)

Click HERE for making reservations
(special rates) at the
Birmingham Sheraton
Estelle Witherspoon Event
August 13, 2015


On-Going Issues

Research on Civil Rights &
Recommendations

Research: Disparity Studies

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack
on Civil Rights Policies

Lawsuits Against the USDA
Hispanic/Women Lawsuit Information

Pigford Lawsuit

Agriculture Policy and Information
Agriculture Policy News

Minority Farm Registry

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2014 Annual Report
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Federation History

Hearing from Wendell Paris about the
history of the Federation (2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is a non-profit, tax exempt organization