Wednesday, 22 August 2018

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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…

CO-OP NITE PACKS THE VOYAGERS’ BALL PARK

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist RECORD SETTING GAME: This year’s Co-op Nite at the Ball Park was the most attended since stats were recorded in 2011 (stats courtesy of Great Falls Voyagers). Attendance was at 2,548, a 1% increase over last year’s attendance. The smoke that blew in from…

FRESH START COOPERATIVE OPENS IN GERALDINE

(To watch a video about the new Fresh Start Cooperative, click on the play button above) By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The small Montana town of Geraldine once again has a grocery store operating in the center of town.  Prominently located at the corner of Main and Collins streets,…

MONTANA COOPERATIVE IMPACT PROJECT TO LAUNCH THIS FALL

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Cooperative Impact Project will launch this fall as a nine-month educational program that will build awareness of the cooperative business model among the next generation of Montana’s co-op leaders.  The program is supported by the Montana Council of Cooperatives and will be…

MCGREGOR GRADUATES FROM REAL MONTANA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

          Top Photo: REAL Montana, Class II group photo. (Photo courtesy of: REAL Montana) Bottom Photo: Farrah McGregor examines coffee beans during her class trip to Columbia. (Photo by: Jacob Smith, REAL Montana, Class II) By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Farrah McGregor, who represents Northwest…

MONTANA CO-OPS 101 VIDEO WINS AWARD

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist “Montana Co-ops 101: Introduction & History” won third place at the 2017 Cooperative Communicators Association awards competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The video documentary, jointly sponsored by the Montana Council of Cooperatives (MCOC) and the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) is the first in…

CO-OPS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN MONTANA

One of our newest members, Loyal to Local Bitterroot connects consumers with agricultural producers in the Bitterroot Valley, who grow local vegetables, grains, flowers and meats. Go ahead and watch this video that shows how the co-op is making a difference in Montana Produced by Guy Gregory   l  …

CO-OP LEADERS GET BACK TO BASICS

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Co-op leaders from across Montana converged for MCDC’s 2nd Annual Back to Basics Cooperative Summit at Fairmont Hot Springs. More than 80 people attended this year’s event that featured four major sectors of the cooperative economy: food and agriculture, community investment, housing and consumer-based…