Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (Continued)
Dinner Guest Speaker
USDA Rural Development Montana State Director Charles Robison addressed co-op leaders at the Summit, speaking about how important co-ops are in providing essential services to rural communities. He cited the new Fresh Start Cooperative that sells groceries in Geraldine as an example.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Concurrent Session A: Transforming Montana’s Food Systems
Is Montana ripe for more food hub developments? Dan Hobbs with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union discussed the challenges and possibilities of creating more viable farmer-based food hubs in the Treasure State.
What does it financially take to operate a successful agricultural cooperative? Margaret Lund of Co-opera, Co shared her insights with some of Montana’s ag co-op leaders at the 2018 Montana Cooperative Summit.
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