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USDA events.

At USDA, Co-op Month efforts include issuing a Cooperative Month proclamation, signed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack (see page 2), issuing a press release and blogs, holding a series of weekly webinars on key co-op topics and sponsoring special events with guest speakers. These include:

* On Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time), USDA will host a webinar, "Cooperatives 101: Legal Basics for Entrepreneurs." USDA's cooperative legal advisor Meegan Moriarty will moderate a discussion with Todd R. Eskelsen and Marlis L. Carson, two nationally recognized cooperative legal experts, covering topics from capitalization and taxes to patronage and antitrust considerations.

* On Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time), USDA will host a webinar, "When the Last Grocery Store Closes --Exploring Cooperative Options." USDA Cooperative Development Specialist Margaret Bau will moderate a discussion with David Proctor of the Rural Grocery Initiative at Kansas State University and Marnie Thompson of the Fund 4 Democratic Communities. They will discuss how the cooperative business model has been used to bring grocery stores back into their communities.

* On Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. (Eastern Time), USDA will hold an event celebrating cooperative diversity in the Whitten Building at USDA headquarters. The event will focus on the way cooperatives help meet the needs of minority producers and communities. Invited speakers include Cornelius Blanding of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Mai Nguyen of the California Center for Cooperative Development, and Karla C. Reyes of Prospera.

Details and web links to the Co-op Month webinars and other USDA events are listed at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/ programs-services/allprograms/cooperative-programs.

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Title Annotation:Newsline: Co-op developments, coast to coast
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Date:Sep 1, 2016
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