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Current trends in cooperative finance

Brian Briggeman (), Keri Jacobs (), Phil Kenkel and Gregory McKee

Agricultural Finance Review, 2016, vol. 76, issue 3, 402-410

Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the recent financial trends affecting grain and farm supply cooperatives. Design/methodology/approach - Review of and descriptive analysis of current cooperative finance topics. Findings - In recent years three important trends have become apparent among grain marketing and farm supply cooperatives. These farmer-owned firms have been rapidly investing in infrastructure, reformulating profit distribution and equity strategies, and have pursued consolidation with other cooperatives. Originality/value - Grain and farm supply cooperatives are changing at a rapid clip to meet the needs of their evolving and growing farmer-owners. New research is needed to help these cooperatives meet these needs, and this paper identifies new areas of research in cooperative finance.

Keywords: USA; Governance; Equity; Finance; Agriculture; Cooperatives (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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