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USDA Webinar: The Role of Cooperatives in Local Food Systems Development


In celebration of Co-op Month, NCBA CLUSA is pleased to invite its members to join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), national cooperative leaders and development specialists for an engaging webinar on how cooperatives have benefited food supply chains and played a critical role in developing local and regional food systems.

Andrew Jermolowicz, Associate Deputy Administrator of Co-op Programs at USDA Rural Development, will moderate the discussion, scheduled for October 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET.

Webinar presenters will include Elanor Starmer, National Coordinator, USDA “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Initiative; Jim Barham, Agricultural Economist, Coop Programs, USDA Rural Development
; Margaret Bau, Cooperative Development Specialist, USDA Rural Development
; Robin Seydel, Membership and Community Development Coordinator, La Montanita Co-op
; Jan Tusick, Center Director, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center
; and Karl Sutton, Farmer and Co-op Member, Western Montana Growers Cooperative

This webinar is free to the public and does not require registration. Click here on October 30 at 1 p.m. ET to log in to the webinar. Alternately, you can call toll-free (800) 738-1032 to listen to the webinar audio on your phone.

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