Learn More About Cooperative Development

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Deborah Drbal
(402) 437-5558

Designed to provide technical assistance to Socially-Disadvantaged Groups in rural areas, the University of  Nebraska-Lincoln’s Nebraska Cooperative Development Center (NCDC) is doing just that.  A recipient of funding from the USDA Rural Development Socially Disadvantaged Group Grants program (SDGG) NCDC is working to promote cooperative development services in underserved communities, provide workshop training in cooperative basics, and offer individualized support for groups.

Grant funded opportunities are available to Native Americans, Latinos, and women in rural Nebraska.  In what will be an ongoing effort, NCDC has begun to address group ventures with Santee Sioux, Omaha Nation and  Ponca tribal members.  Individual consultations with Latino farmers in Colfax and Adams counties are underway.  Outreach and workshops for women are in the planning stages. 

Gardening, beading, farming and art workshops have introduced the advantages of working cooperatively.  Seven workshops have been attended by 32 individuals.  An additional 50 individual consultations have been made. 

The key strength of the multi-owner or cooperative business model not seen in other businesses is the power of a group of people working together, sharing their individual talents and experiences, to build a successful business.  People build cooperatives.  Cooperatives build jobs, trust, communities, opportunity and hope.  Cooperatives   provide 2.1 million jobs in the U.S. and create annual wages of more than $75 billion.  Cooperatives help build a better world and a better Nebraska.  The funding provided by USDA Rural Development’s Socially Disadvantaged Group Grants program is an integral part of the future of rural Nebraskans.


Fast Facts

Obligation Amount$165,970 Grant
Date of ObligationSeptember 2016
Congressional DistrictFortenberry 01
Senator's Last NamesFischer and Sasse