MCDC is happy to present a collection of excellent cooperative model resources and publications.  This collection comes from several federal and state funded sites and agencies (i.e. U.S. Department of Agriculture) and other sites accessible to the public. We have provided the url address of each site where the resource was found.  In addition, when permitted MCDC downloaded these resources to our web page in case a url address changes and the resource is no long available at that address.  Please note that each state has its own statutes or laws that define cooperatives for that state.  It is important to everyone using these resources to research the state laws where the cooperative is located or contact us.

What are Cooperatives – How to Start a Cooperative

Coop101

CIR-55 Co-ops 101: An Introduction to Cooperatives

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/cir55.pdf

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CIR_7

CIR-7 How to Start a Cooperative

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/publications/CIR_7
_HowtoStartaCooperative.pdf

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SR58

SR-58 Coop Feasibility Study Guide

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/
publications/SR58_CoopFeasibilityStudyGuide.pdf

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A1457

Cooperatives: Principles and Practices in the 21st Century

Source:
https://community-wealth.org/content/cooperatives-principles-and-practices-21st-century

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Types of Cooperatives

CIR49

CIR-49 Shared-Services Cooperatives

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cir49.pdf

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SR46

SR-46 Basics of Organizing a Shared-Services Cooperative

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/SR46.pdf

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Housing-Cooperative

What is a Housing Cooperative

Source:
https://coophousing.org/wpcontent/uploads/2013/
11/What-is-a-Housing-cooperative.pdf

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Coop-Housing

More than just Housing: Coop Housing

Source:
https://ncdc.unl.edu/Documents/coopHouse
02%281%29.pdf

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Worker-Coops

What is a Work Cooperative - DAWI

Source:
https://institute.coop/what-worker-cooperative

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Start-Worker-Coop

Steps to Starting a Worker Coop

Source:
https://institute.coop/sites/default/files/resources/
348%201997_Hansen%20et%20al_Steps
%20to%20Starting%20A%20Worker%20Coop.pdf

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Equity and Ownership

Coop-Equity_x_340

Cooperative Equity and Ownership: An Introduction

Source:
https://resources.uwcc.wisc.edu/Start/
CoopEquityOwnership.pdf

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CIR45S7

CIR-45-S7 Understanding Coops: Financing Coops

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CIR45_7.pdf

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Legal

CIR-40 Sample Legal Documents for Cooperatives

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/cir40.pdf

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Taxes

CIR59

CIR-59 Antitrust Status of Farmer Cooperatives

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CIR59.pdf

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CIR35

CIR-35 Understanding Capper-Volstead

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cir35.pdf

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CIR44P1

CIR-44-P1 Income Tax Treatment of Cooperatives

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cir44-1.pdf

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CIR44P2

CIR-44-P2 Income Tax treatment of Coops

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cir44-2.pdf

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CIR44P3

CIR-44-P3 Income Tax Treatment of Coops

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cir44-3.pdf

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CIR44P4_x_340

CIR-44-P4 Income Tax Treatment of Coops

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cir44-4.pdf

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CIR23

CIR-23 Tax Treatment of Cooperatives

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/cir23.pdf

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Board of Directors

CIR11

CIR-11 Co-op Essentials: What They Are and the Role of Members, Directors, Managers, and Employees

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/publications/CIR%2011
%20%20Co-op%20Essentials.pdf

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CIR11-PP

PowerPoint Slides corresponding with Cooperative Information CIR-11

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/publications/CIR11_Co-opEssentialsPowerpoint.pdf

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CIR45-6

CIR-45-6 Who Runs the Cooperative Business?

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/CIR45_6.pdf

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CIR62

CIR-62 Cooperative Directors: Asking Necessary Questions

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/files/publications/
CIR62_Directors_AskingNecessaryQuestions.pdf

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questions

Questions Cooperative Directors Should be Asking Management

Source:
https://ideas.repec.org/p/ags/cudasp/121120.html

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CIR58

CIR-58 Assessing Performance and Needs of Cooperative Boards of Directors

Source:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cir58.pdf

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Montana Cooperative Economic Impact

Year Ending 2017

Montana Cooperative Impact Weeks

Eastern Montana

Bitterroot Valley

Northeastern Montana

Park / Meagher / Sweet Grass

Big Horn / Carbon / Stillwater / Yellowstone

Northwest Montana / Flathead / Lincoln

MONTANA CO-OPS MAKE A DIFFERENCE VIDEOS

Montana Co-ops 101 Educational Video Series

SEVEN COOPERATIVE PRINCIPLES

Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the same core principles and values, adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance in 1995. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.

Principle 7: Concern for Community is in pre-production.

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