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background used in the editorial portions of the spread. Organic Valley sales top $528 million A copy of the advertorial can be Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic family farmers downloaded from the NCBA website at: and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, had record sales of $528 million www.thebetterchoice.coop. in 2008, a 22-percent increase over 2007. This follows a 29-percent rise in sales from 2006 to 2007. The co-op’s sales have grown nearly 153 percent in the past USDA accepting applications five years. for co-op development grants The cooperative, with 1,332 USDA is accepting applications for farmer-members in 32 states and grants to fund cooperative development one Canadian province, expects centers that work to improve economic 2009 sales to reach $549 million, a conditions in rural areas. Applications 4-percent increase. are due by the close of business on June “In light of the difficult economic 29, 2009. environment and a softening in “These cooperative development consumer spending, our farmers centers provide rural Americans with are very happy to once again stronger technical and managerial skills, experience double-digit sales helping small businesses become more growth in 2008 and to forecast profitable and creating jobs in rural continued growth for 2009,” says communities,” says Agriculture George Siemon, one of the founding Secretary Tom Vilsack. Grants of up to farmers and CEO of Organic Valley. $200,000 may be awarded to colleges, “Economic crises are not new to universities and nonprofit groups to family farmers. Our mission to save create and operate centers that help family farms and strengthen rural individuals or groups establish, expand communities was born in the 1980s, or operate rural businesses, especially when farmers faced yet another cooperatives. economic crisis. We learned then The grants are being provided that good thing
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