About Co-op Month
Each October, cooperatives across the United States celebrate the cooperative difference, business model and the contributions of cooperatives to their communities. Minnesota was the first state to observe Co-op Month in 1948, and it spread quickly to the entire nation.
Co-op Month became a government-sponsored national event in 1964. The responsibility for planning was turned over to cooperatives in 1971.
Annual celebrations play a key role in educating members and communities as well as the public and policy makers about the role cooperatives play in strengthening the economy, providing jobs and improving life in local communities.
In Virginia, we celebrated Co-op Month with a Co-op Month Breakfast, held September 30, 2014 at the Virginia State Fair. We feed the masses, award co-op leaders and outstanding young farmers, plus pass along a lot of good co-op information.
Co-op Month Keynote Speaker Bob Holsworth
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