Support Agriculture and Worker Cooperatives

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Support Agriculture and Worker Cooperatives

Cooperatives play an important role in U.S. history, in agriculture and beyond. Historically, they served to address general economic problems of under- or overproduction, business uncertainty, and excessive costs, while giving more control of resources to those who produce them. Cooperatives continue to be a tool to support fair economic development and growth in rural communities.

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There are several types of cooperatives, and nearly any business or other relationship can be established as a cooperative. Financial and farmer cooperatives that support agricultural producers are well-established, and some states are exploring ways to expand worker cooperatives to support economic recovery, build community wealth, strengthen retirement security, improve job satisfaction, and ensure that rural businesses continue following an ownership transition.

Policy Priorities

  1. State: Recognize, establish, and support producer and worker cooperatives.
  2. State: Provide financial incentives and opportunities for cooperative development.

State Examples