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North Dakota and Minnesota are currently witnessing a renewal in the growth of cooperativeenterprises. At the heart of this renewal lies the so-called New Generation Cooperative(NGC), a term that has been applied to the dozens of value-added processing, selected membershipcooperatives that have recently formed in the region's agricultural sector. A key organizationalfeature of NGCs is the linking of producer capital contributions and product deliveryrights. This paper describes the organizational features of NGCs and positions them in thebroader context of cooperative incentive structures, governance structures, and the cooperativedevelopment process. More generally, the paper uses NGCs as a lens through which importantelements of cooperative theory can be reviewed.

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Issue Date: 1996

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: Published in: Journal of Cooperatives, Volume 11 Page range: 15-28

Total Pages: 15

Record appears in: National Council of Farmer Cooperatives > Journal of Cooperatives

Autor: Harris, Andrea ; Stefanson, Brenda ; Fulton, Murray E.


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