Research & Publications

a cooperative approach to growing the forestry and wood products industry

A brief describing the context and history of forestry and wood products co-ops in the U.S. and exploring the opportunities for cooperative approaches to modern industry challenges with a special focus on Ohio. Click the image to view the full report. 

A Cooperative Approach to Growing the Forestry and Wood Products Industry

2019 NCR-SARE Youth Education Grant Project Report

The CFAES Center for Cooperatives project report for the Youth Cooperative Leadership Experience is available by clicking the image.  

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Co-Op Mastery Workbook

Co-op Mastery WorkbookThe Co-op Mastery 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 Co-op Mastery Workbook is available online from OSU Extension Publishing.

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

 

Trends of u.s. Agricultural cooperatives (1913-2016)

A report describing the national trends in agricultural cooperatives over the last century, examining topics like the number of cooperatives, business volume, membership size, and equity. Click the image to view the full report. 

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An Incubated Approach to Cooperative Development 

Cooperative development organizations employ a variety of development strategies to assist and build new cooperatives. Margaret Bau, a cooperative specialist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture conceptualizes these strategies as member initiated, incubated, and conversions. This brief explores the cooperative business model and approaches to developing cooperatives with a special focus on efforts to incubate networks of cooperatives using cases from across the United States. Click or tap here to read the brief. 

 Cooperatives have a substantial impact on the U.S. economy.  Data based on University of Wisconsin's "Research on the Economic Impact of Cooperatives."

Research Resources On Cooperatives