Overview

The Interagency Working Group for Cooperative Development (IWGCD) was established to foster cooperative development and ensure coordination with Federal agencies and national and local cooperative organizations that have cooperative programs and interests. In recognition of the role the cooperative business model plays throughout the U.S. economy, Congress, through the Agricultural Act of 2014, Section 7 USC 1932(e)(12), has directed USDA to take the lead in starting an Interagency Working Group for Cooperative Development. This section of the Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to “coordinate and chair an interagency working group to foster cooperative development and ensure coordination with federal agencies and national and local cooperative organizations that have cooperative programs and interests.”

With the expansion of cooperatives in healthcare, local food distribution, manufactured housing, as well as community economic development in starting and preserving businesses, interagency sharing of information in the Federal Government will expand and improve these efforts. The cooperative community is interested in sharing knowledge and working with government agencies at local, state, and federal levels.

Co-ops have been USDA’s partners in delivering programs to farmers and rural residence at lower costs while expanding access to opportune programs to underserved communities. The IWGCD will become a centralized source of expert knowledge and resources for helping cooperatives and government agencies achieve their shared goals. Our cooperative partners and participating agencies are listed on the resources tab.

IWGCD Meetings

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Resources

Participating Federal Agencies & Cooperative Partners

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • The U.S. Department of Labor
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration
  • The U.S. Internal Revenue Service
  • The U.S. Department of Education
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The U.S. Department of Treasury
  • The U.S. Internal Revenue Service
  • The U.S. Department of the Interior
  • The U.S. Department of Justice
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • White House Rural Council

Partner Organizations

  • National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  • National Farmers Union
  • American Farm Bureau
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • National Cooperative Bank
  • National Cooperative Business Association
  • Farm Credit System – CoBank
  • Cooperative Development Foundation
  • Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
  • NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association
  • National Association of Housing Cooperatives
  • Association of Cooperative Educators
  • National Grange
  • National Federal Credit Union Association
  • Credit Union National Association
  • Cooperative Development Services
  • Cooperation Works!
  • U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Contacts

Scott Cessarich
EmailScott.Cessarich@wdc.usda.gov  202-619-1734