The Agricultural Co-operatives Start-Up Guide was recently updated and re-released (the original 1997 version was written by our own BCCA Executive Director Andrea Harris!). The Ag Co-op Start-Up Guide outlines an easy five-step process to help farmers create a new local co-op, while the complementary Financing Agricultural Co-operatives Guide provides funding options for co-op farms. The updated guides include case studies, business operation guidelines, financing practices, and other resources to help farmers throughout BC work together to build their businesses and develop new markets. Read the full BC Government press release here.
The Ministry of Agriculture looked into updating and conducting new research into the agricultural co-op sector as a result of the BCCA advocating on behalf of its membership on the importance of co-op sector and lobbying for more government support the development of new co-ops as well as existing co-ops. A big thank you to our volunteer BCCA Government Relations Committee for their hard work and dedication!