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Cooperatives and Food Hubs

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide   pdf   (4.36 MB)

<abbr title="United States Department of Agriculture">USDA</abbr>. Agricultural Marketing Service.

"This resource guide is designed to give readers a greater understanding of what regional food hubs are, their impacts, strategies to assist their success and growth, and direction on where to find financial resources to support them."

Food Value Chains and Food Hubs: Supporting Local Producers Through Collaborative Planning, Aggregation, and Distribution

<abbr title="United States Department of Agriculture">USDA</abbr>. Agricultural Marketing Service.

"Food value chains represent an innovative business model in which agricultural producers, manufacturers, buyers, and other related supply chain actors form collaborative, transparent partnerships that attempt to combine product differentiation strategies with commitment to shared operational values and social mission goals. Food hubs are an important subset of food value chains."

Food Hub Directory

<abbr title="United States Department of Agriculture">USDA</abbr>. Agricultural Marketing Service.

"The Food Hub Directory lists businesses or organizations that actively manage the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products to multiple buyers from multiple producers, primarily local and regional producers, to strengthen the ability of these producers to satisfy local and regional wholesale, retail, and institutional demand." Food hub managers may add their market to the database.

Cooperative Business Structure

United States Small Business Administration.

Gives an overview of the cooperative business structure including forming a cooperative and cooperative taxes.

Publications for and about Cooperatives

<abbr title="United States Department of Agriculture">USDA</abbr>. Rural Development.

This collection of publications provides education about the structure and operations of cooperatives and for groups forming cooperatives, studies of various cooperative issues, annual farm cooperative statistics, co-op directories, and a bi-monthly magazine, Rural Cooperatives, contains articles and news items relevant to agricultural and non-agricultural cooperatives.

Food Hubs: What Do We Know?   PDF   (2,288 KB)

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Slideshow presentation by Savanna Lyons and Joanna Hamilton presents data and statistics; food hub ideas; and information on business basics, food hub structure and development, viability, size, and more.