Strengthening Co-op Communities

The Future of Farming


Learn how to leverage digital platforms in cooperative farming

The Future of Farming

June 14, 2023 |  1-3 PM EDT

Offered through a partnership between the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy and NCBA CLUSA, this introductory business course will provide a no-nonsense overview of how to succeed in the rapidly changing cooperative agricultural sector. In addition to exploring new technologies and digital platforms, the course will also cover data collection, data analysis and data use for forecasting in the cooperative agricultural sector, providing valuable insights and tools for farmers looking to transform the way they grow and distribute food.

Whether you’re thinking about putting your farm on the internet through a website or social media, upgrading your existing digital platform, launching a digital project with other farmers in a cooperative network, or creating a platform for Farm to Table services, this course is for you.

By the end of the course, you will be able to identify your specific needs in this space, which will allow you to determine the next steps that are needed to further improve your skills and knowledge in this area. By covering a wide range of topics and offering insights and best practices from experienced practitioners, this course will provide you with practical knowledge and skills that you can apply to your own agricultural operations and digital projects.

Full Scholarships

The standard course fee is $150. Full scholarships are being offered to historically underserved farmers, ranchers, cooperators, cooperative developers, and those working in adjacent/related sectors based in the U.S. NCBA CLUSA is partnering with ICDE through its U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Strengthening Co-op Capacity for Historically Underserved Farmers project. Scholarship opportunities are being provided through resources from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

We encourage individuals or groups who have encountered barriers to accessing resources and opportunities—typically as a result of social, economic or cultural factors—and who have experienced discrimination or systemic disadvantages to apply.

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