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C-FARE launches national co-op education project.

The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics ( in 2013 began a two-year project, "The Role of Cooperatives in the Nation's Economy: Educating Future Cooperative Owners and Leaders" to develop high school teaching modules about the economics of cooperatives.

The effort involves a panel of experts experienced in working with cooperatives, state councils of economic education, agricultural education experts and high school teachers. The broad backgrounds represented on the panel will help ensure that the modules meet economic education standards while also allowing for widespread dissemination of the information once the instructional module is complete and field tested.

C-FARE received technical support for the project from the Council for Economic Education (CEE), which aided in the coordination of peer and teacher review of the modules. CEE focuses on economic and financial education for K-12 students. In 2012, CEE trained more than 55,000 teachers who, in turn, reached 5 million students. The CHS Foundation provided key initial support to help launch the effort.

Project leaders are Barbara O'Neill, distinguished professor and Extension specialist in financial resource management at Rutgers Cooperative Extension (, and Sanjib Bhuyan, associate professor and graduate program director of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Rutgers University (

"C-FARE is pleased to be a part of educating the next generation of owners, leaders and patrons about the cooperative business model and structure," says Roger Coupal, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming and current C-FARE board chairman. "The leadership and support of the project from the cooperative community will allow students in key states across the nation to learn about the economics of cooperatives as early as 2014, with the goal for continued expansion in future years."

Cooperative leaders interested in learning more about this program should contact C-FARE at: (202) 408-8522 or

C-FARE is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit that promotes the work of applied economists and serves as a catalyst for incorporating economic thinking into the analysis of food, agricultural and resource decisions. It serves as a conduit between the academic research/Extension community and government policymakers and agencies, helping to match expertise to public needs.
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Title Annotation:Newsline: Co-op developments, coast to coast
Publication:Rural Cooperatives
Date:Jan 1, 2014
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