eXtension Launches Web Resource for Cooperatives

eXtension Launches Web Resource for Cooperatives

 

Note to media editors: The website for the eXtension Cooperatives Community of Practice (CoP), www.extension.org/cooperatives, is live. The CoP officially launches Dec. 5.

11/30/2010

AMES, Iowa -- eXtension (pronounced E-extension) is launching a new online community of practice (CoP) for cooperatives, businesses jointly owned and democratically managed by their members.

Members of existing cooperatives as well as people interested in creating, managing or joining cooperatives will find decision tools, case studies and other research-based information on eXtension, said Madeline Schultz, an Iowa State University Extension specialist who is the Cooperatives CoP co-leader.

According to Schultz, Iowa State and partnering land-grant universities are offering information on the cooperative business model as a way to grow and strengthen communities. The Cooperatives CoP is a virtual network of faculty, extension educators, industry experts and federal government representatives with expertise in cooperatives. They share knowledge through educational articles, online courses and electronic interactions.

eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities that provides online access to objective, research-based information and education. The eXtension Web resource, extension.org, offers land-grant university expertise and reliable answers about cooperatives as well as parenting, personal finance, energy, disaster issues, gardens, horse care and many more topics.

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Contacts :
Madeline Schultz, Value Added Agriculture, 515-294-0588, schultz@iastate.edu

Willy Klein, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0662, wklein@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu

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