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In this episode, Aasa sat down with Dr. Dionne Pohler to discuss her keynote speech from the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association’s 2018 conference.

Dr. Pohler’s address touched on five big ideas that co-operatives should keep in mind, given the unpredictable social, economic, and technological atmosphere in which we currently live. Her five ideas are:

LEWISTON (WGME) – A new farm stand, selling food grown by immigrants, is now open in Lewiston.

Two co-ops re-opened a former farm stand at 996 Sabattus Street Wednesday.

The owners, who came to the U.S. as refugees, say they are creating jobs while growing and selling fresh food in Maine.

Singh, who on a recent day was picking seedless green grapes at a ranch just south of Bakersfield, is part of a startup venture that stands to shake up the agriculture industry by improving the way that farm workers are treated, trained, and compensated. Called California Harvesters, it operates for all intents and purposes as a worker co-op (though, technically, it’s a labor trust).

“They’ve given me a real opportunity,” says Singh, standing beneath a canopy of vines, heavy with fruit.

Unorganized markets, transportation difficulties and inaccessible input and extension support services are but a few of the obstacles facing villagers wishing to start dairy businesses in Uttarakhand. The lack of storage facilities acts as an incentive to farmers to keep unsold milk and mix it with the next day’s batch, causing higher levels of milk spoilage and contamination, as well as financial losses. Faced with these obstacles, increasing milk production and making a reasonable profit is extremely difficult for Uttarakhand’s small-scale dairy farmers.

This webinar summarizes what is, how it works, and a brief history and movement behind the “Worker Cooperative” and “Limited Liability Company”.

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Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party discusses the importance of worker cooperatives in empowering communities across Britain. Wealth inequality obstructs a democratic society. Emphasizing investment at a local level is central to Labour's plan to put money back in the pockets of working people and create a more equitable society.

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