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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...

David Cramer, United Cooperative president and CEO; Tim Harrington, Premier Cooperative chairman; and Judy Ziewacz, National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) president and CEO, will receive Cooperative Network's 2016 Cooperative Builder Award. The annual distinction honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions at the local, state, and/or national level to...

| By Ethan Giebel

The Federated Youth Foundation is accepting applications for the Charles Van Sickle Scholarship. The $2,000 award is open to a pre-law or law student who resides in Wisconsin and plans to specialize in cooperative law. Applications are due Dec. 1, 2016, for the spring semester.

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