Co-op Mastery Workbook available for purchase

Co-op Mastery WorkbookThe Co-op Mastery workbook developed by the CFAES Center for Cooperatives staff is available for purchase online through the OSU Extension Publications site.  The workbook complements Co-op Mastery: Beyond Cooperatives 101, a free online training from the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Center for Cooperatives available here. Co-op members, directors, managers, employees, and students of cooperatives can use the workbook individually as a self-paced tool, or as a guided activity to learn about the cooperative business model.

The 48-page workbook enhances learning with activities and examples in cooperative principles, governance, legal considerations, taxation, finance, and formation​ planning.

  1. MEATing a Need – Resource kit available for those exploring meat processing business

    Feb 16, 2021

    By Joy Bauman, CFAES Center for Cooperatives

  2. COVID-19 Cancellations


    Mar 18, 2020

    With guidance provided by The Ohio State University with regard to public health concerns, the CFAES Center for Cooperatives is canceling non-essential events. Therefore, Foodpreneur School (March 23rd & March 30th) and Appalachia Cooperates Worker-Owned Workhshop (March 20th) have been canceled.

    We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused. The health of our attendees, presenters, staff, and employees is of utmost importance.

  3. Ohio State University and Mid America Cooperative Council explore alignment

    Dec 6, 2019


  4. Scott elected to board for Association of Cooperative Educators

    Jun 12, 2019

    CFAES Center for Cooperatives Program Manager, Hannah Scott was recently elected to the Association of Cooperative Educators (ACE) Board of Directors.  ACE is an international organization providing members a forum to highlight programs and practices that increase understanding, in cooperative education and the cooperative movement by promoting cooperative research and ovation, and professionalism in cooperative education. The organization benefits developing linkages between universities, cooperatives, and supporting organizations.

  5. Bauman moves to Cooperative Development Specialist position

    Jun 12, 2019

    Joy Bauman has worked at the Ohio State University South Centers since 2006 and has been involved with the cooperative development efforts at the South Centers since that time, most recently serving as the Program Coordinator for the Center for Cooperatives. Joy recently transitioned to the Cooperative Development Specialist role, officially starting in her new position on June 3. She has facilitated the planning, organization, and delivery of cooperative development trainings and disseminating information about the Center throughout Ohio, West Virginia.

  6. MACC Board Succession Planning & Legal Challenges Program Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    May 7, 2019

    Our OSU CFAES Center for Cooperatives would like to share that the Mid America Cooperative Council (MACC) will be hosting a Board Succession Planning & Legal Challenges program on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Ag Credit, 610 W. Lytle Street., Fostoria, OH.

    Topics on the program agenda include:

    1.    Director Roles vs. Management Roles

    2.    Steps of Strategic Planning - Visioning, Alignment

    3.    Directors' Legal Challenges

    4.    Regulatory Compliance

    5.    Succession Planning in the Boardroom

    6.    Director Code of Conduct

  7. OSU CFAES Center for Cooperatives Receives Sustainable Agriculture Grant

    May 2, 2019

    (May 2, 2019 - Piketon, OH)

    The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Center for Cooperatives has recently been recommended to receive a $3,946 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, "Cooperative Student Leadership Experience Pilot."

  8. Appalachia Cooperates Grows Co-op Culture

    Feb 9, 2019

    Q: How can Extension professionals, business and community developers build a brighter future, robust local economies, and living wage job opportunities in Appalachia?​

    A: Worker-ownership.​

    Worker-owned cooperatives, defined by two advocates of the model as, “values-driven businesses that put worker and community benefit at the core of their purpose . . . [in which] workers participate in the profits, oversight, and, to varying degrees, the management of the organization, using democratic practices,” (Hoover & Abell 2016).​

  9. United We Farm at the 2019 West Virginia Small Farm Conference

    Jan 28, 2019

    Join the CFAES Center for Cooperatives at the West Virginia Small Farm Conference in Charleston on Saturday, February 16th.

    The Center for Cooperatives presents United We Farm: Cooperative Solutions for WV Ag Producers.

    Learn more and register at

    Session description:

  10. Research Report: Trends of U.S. Agricultural Cooperatives

    Oct 30, 2018

    Dr. Iryna Demko, formerly an agribusiness researcher with the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) at Ohio State University, has released a report on research she conducted while at OSU about trends of U.S. agricultural cooperatives, showing how the number of agricultural cooperatives in the U.S. has declined while cooperative business volume and number of members has increased.  Dr. Demko currently is a research associate at the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University. Dr.