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Cooperative Network's Farm Supply, Grain, and Fuel Committee met Sept. 7 in Brainerd, Minnesota, in conjunction with the Minnesota Statewide Managers Meeting. Discussion centered on reaction and feedback to Gov. Mark Dayton’s recent executive order on the perceived pollinator decline in Minnesota. The gathering featured speakers from the Minnesota Department...

Members of the Cooperative Network Senior Cooperative Housing Council gathered Sept. 15 at Gramercy Park Cooperative in Richfield, Minnesota, to discuss several issues of importance to the senior cooperative housing community. The council expressed its support for Bill Buending, a member of Gramercy Park Cooperative Northwest, to be reelected as...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development has awarded $200,000 to the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) and Cooperative Network to provide technical assistance and counseling to more than 150 existing cooperatives and 25 groups interested in forming new cooperative businesses in the Upper Midwest. UWCC...

The Legislative Council Study Committee on Rural Broadband completed its review of the Wisconsin Broadband Expansion Grant Program on Oct. 5. Over three meetings, the group examined alternative methods for encouraging construction of broadband infrastructure. Cooperative Network director and Mosaic Telecom CEO Scott Behn served on the committee. “Wisconsin’s communications...

Stakeholders gathered Sept. 28 at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in Madison to review a draft of the agency’s RevEx (revenues and expenditures) final report, which made recommendations on eight issues pertaining to the future of the Agrichemical Management (ACM) Fund and Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program (ACCP). Among the key recommendations were allowing fee holidays and...

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