JAMESTOWN,N.D. (NewsDakota.com) North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a proclamation deeming October as “Co-op Month” and recognized that 2012 was the international year of cooperatives.
Cooperatives are major economic engines in our state,” Dalrymple says. “They provide vital products and services in communities large and small across the state — ranging from utilities, to insurance, to financial services, to farm supply and marketing.”
An economic impact study was conducted in 2011 by the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Director Gregory McKee, explained, “Cooperatives are a vital component of the North Dakota economy.
Owned by their customers or by privately-held firms, cooperatives provide a variety of goods and services to North Dakota, including electricity, telecommunications, farm inputs and other services.
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