Cooperatives and Food Hubs

Food Hub truck (Source Leopold Center/Iowa State.)
"A regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand." [National Food Hub Collaboration] 

Cooperatives are "organization[s] formed for the purpose of producing and marketing goods or products owned collectively by members who share in the benefits." [NALT]

USDA. 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, and co-op directories.  Rural Cooperatives, a bi-monthly magazine, includes articles and news items relevant to agricultural and non-agricultural cooperatives.

Michigan State University. Center for Regional Food Systems.

Results from the biennial survey conducted by Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems and Wallace Center at Winrock International. Monitors economic trends, changes in services, and changes in customers served.

USDA. 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."

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