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What Impact Do Montana’s Co-ops Have on the State’s Economy?

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) and the Montana Council of Cooperatives want to find out what impact cooperatives continue to have on Montana’s economy.  In an effort to find out, they are jointly sponsoring the fourth biennial Economic Impact Survey of Montana’s cooperatives. …

Council Members Meet for 58th Annual Meeting

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Council of Cooperatives 58th Annual Meeting convened in downtown Great Falls January 11-12, 2018. .  The two-day event brought together 31  representatives of16 member cooperatives at the historic Hotel Arvon. The Council’s annual gathering was sponsored by: CHS Inc., CHS BIG SKY,…

New Members Join The Council in 2018

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Membership continues to grow in the Montana Council of Cooperatives. Three new cooperatives have joined the council since the beginning of 2018.  New members are Crucible (Belgrade), Equity Co-op Association (Malta), and Farmers Union Oil Company (Circle). Crucible is the newest worker-owned cooperative in…

MCOC 58th Annual Meeting Photo Gallery

MCOC’s 58th Annual Meeting took place at the Historic Hotel Arvon in Downtown Great Falls on January 11-12, 2018. MCOC President Clarence “Fritz” Keller welcomed Council members to their 58th Annual Meeting. MCDC Executive Director Janice Brown updated MCOC members about the first Montana Cooperative Impact Week.  Co-op leaders reached…

Co-op leaders reach out to youth in Eastern Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist In celebration of National Co-op Month, the Montana Cooperative Development Center brought to Eastern Montana four days of activities, dialogue and presentations focused on the cooperative business model.  Co-op leaders from Dawson, Richland and McCone counties spoke to high school and college students about…

Malesich re-elected to the CHS Board

MCOC Board Member Ed Malesich was re-elected to the CHS Board at their annual meeting in Minneapolis. He was elected by all Region 2 delegates from Montana and Wyoming. Malesich is one of 17 directors representing CHS member-owners, who include CHS Big Sky and Mountain View Co-op.

Montana Cooperative Impact Project Launches in Eastern Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Council of Cooperatives (MCOC) has teamed up with the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) to host a week-long event in Eastern Montana that includes four days of activities, dialogue and presentations focused on the cooperative business model.  Montana Cooperative Impact Week is…

New Council Members in 2017

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Council of Cooperatives is pleased to have welcomed 11 new members to its ranks over the past year.   Cooperatives that have joined the Council since last October are:  Farmers Union Oil Company (Circle), Fresh Start (Geraldine), Loyal to Local Cooperative (Hamilton), Northeast…

New Co-ops Honored at MCDC Co-op Month Celebration

Pictured from left to right:  USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Program Director Brent Donnelly, MCDC Board Member Erik Somerfeld, MCDC Vice President Ryan Hall, MCDC President Greg Jergeson, USDA-RD Acting State Director Janelle Gustafson, MCDC Executive Director Janice Brown, MCDC Board Members Paul Tuss and Ranel Smith. By Guy Gregory MCDC…