Tuesday, December 17, 2013

"Worker-Owner Cooperatives" Webinar Dec. 18, OK Organics Conference, Solid Waste Mgt Conf


Worker owned businesses are an emerging tool for creating opportunity in Rural America.  Our Cooperatives Community of Practice on eXtension will be holding a free webinar on this topic tomorrow afternoon.


If you are interested in learning more about worker owned cooperatives, please join us for this FREE webinar and help spread the word!

Phil Kenkel, Bill Fitzwater Cooperative Chair, Agricultural Economics

"Worker-Owner Cooperatives"

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

4:00-5:00 pm EST/3:00-4:00 pm CST/2:00-3:00 pm MST/1:00-2:00 pm PST


Since the Great Recession there has been a great resurgence of interest in innovative ways of doing business. One such innovation is the Worker-Owner Cooperative. While popular in Europe, worker-owner co-ops have been less popular in the U.S., but that may be changing. The Cooperatives on eXtension, in conjunction with USDA Rural Development Cooperative Programs and various state Cooperative Councils, will host a free webinar on Wednesday, December 18 from 3:00-4:00 pm CST where you can hear from worker-owners who will answer questions like:

  • What are the advantages of a worker-owner cooperative over that of a traditional business and member cooperatives?
  • What are the challenges of a worker-owner cooperative?

Each of the panel members will also talk about a worker-owner cooperative and the characteristics that make it a success.

Panel members will include:

  • Dr. Rebecca Kemble, Worker-Owner, Union Cab Cooperative of Madison, Madison, WI and President, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
  • Mr. Joe Rinehart, Rural Programs Coordinator, US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, San Francisco, CA
  • Ms. Leslie Schaller, Director of Programming, The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnets), Athens, OH


  • Dr. Chester Bowling, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University, Food Innovation Center

Webinar Link: https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/cooperatives     (Enter as guest.)

Participants who pre-register at the email below will receive a copy of the presentation materials and discussion summary.



Solid Waste Association of North America – OK Chapter’s Spring Symposium: Disaster Debris Management

March 24-26, 2014

Hard Rock Casino and Resort, Catoosa, OK

Topics to be covered:

·         Technical Tour of local Solid Waste facilities

·         Green Redevelopment

·         Contracting for Storm Debris Management

·         Clean Up from Moore and Mustang Tornadoes

·         Environmental Requirements in Disaster Response

·         Weather Conditions: What do you watch for? What is the impact of storms?

·         The Day After a Disaster: Continuing Normal Services

·         Managing Household Hazardous Waste in a Disaster Response

·         Managing Construction/Demolition Wastes at Transfer Stations


Oklahoma Organics Conference

February 28 – March 1, 2014

OSU-OKC Agriculture Technology Building

900 N Portland Ave, Oklahoma City

Conference Description

The first annual sustainable and organic production conference designed for beginning AND advanced growers.


Programming emphasis will include the following:

 Hands-on Growing Techniques

§  Season Extension

§  Varietal Selections

§  Farm Management Practices

§  Tours of Farmers’ Market, green houses, and high tunnel facilities

§  Visit with product suppliers, educational vendors, and agricultural support agencies

§  Featured Speakers include nationally and state recognized specialists and experienced local growers

Registration and Sponsorship Forms available at: http://www.osuokc.edu/organicoklahoma/

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