Ruth Hambleton, founder of Annie's Project, and Linda Barnes, creator of the Entrepreneurial and Diversified Agriculture program were named Rural Champions of Change by the White House. Both innovative educators partner with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
College students and graduates who have had experiences with cooperatives see them as a way to gain valuable work experiences, scholarships and the means to addressing community needs. Student involvement in cooperatives is one aspect of the eXtension.org website containing educational materials about cooperatives.
In communities across the country, people are working together through cooperatives to get the things they need – cooperatives bring people together to improve their quality of life and financial well-being.