Co-operative Farming: June 2021 news

09 June 2021

We’re delighted that farming and fishing co-op stories are hitting the mainstream with a new ABC Documentary Fightback Farmers: Feeding Australia Together.  Airing on Tuesday 15 June at 9.30pm on ABC and available immediately after on ABC iview. Featuring three co-ops TAFCO, Mountain Milk Co-operative and Limestone Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative who have banded together in a modern take on an old way of working – the co-operative. You can find out more online and watch the trailer on YouTube.

For all of us at Co-operative Farming and BCCM, this is a truly momentous and exciting moment as the documentary talks with local heroes showing why co-operative farming could be the solution for modern agriculture and its communities.


Mutual Value Measurement for Agri-Business – 16 June 2021
Mutual Value Measurement (MVM) is the new industry designed framework and accreditation benchmark developed by the BCCM with researchers from Monash University to measure and accurately report the total value our co-op enterprises create.
If you are part of the leadership team of an existing agricultural co-operative, you are invited to join our Mutual Value Measurement (MVM) Virtual Masterclass for Agribusiness on 16th June led by Dr Paul Thambar and Professor Matthew Hall from the Monash Business School. This workshop will focus on how MVM can be adopted and implemented by agri-business co-operatives. This is a great opportunity to help shape your strategic planning and measure your true value.

“MVM is a simple yet powerful tool which has helped our Staff, Management, Board and Members to clearly identify and articulate the unique ways we as a co-operative generate value.  Importantly, it helps ensure we take a holistic view of our mutual value and now elegantly frames our strategic plan which will maximise that value”
Matt Rutter, CEO, Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative – May 2021

Contact the Co-op Farming team for more information and if you are eligible for a Co-operative Farming 90% educational bursary to attend.

The Co-op Federation Assembly – 17-18 June 2021
Wherever you are in Australia – don’t forget to register for The Co-op Federation Assembly taking place next week.  You can attend in-person or virtually. Find out more and if you are eligible for a 90% Co-operative Farming Bursary.  Featuring high profile national and international presenters – the Assembly brings together inspiring and insightful co-operators demonstrating the value of co-operatives.

Don’t forget our free tools and resources

Co-operative Foundations – free online modules covering the key areas – what is a co-operative, membership, business planning, governance, measuring/reporting, and co-operative capital/raising funding

Co-op Builder – a step-by-step tool to help groups prepare the rules and disclosure statement for any type of co-operative in any industry.

Capital Builder – for co-operatives that are thinking about raising funds

Case Studies

Meet the Co-op Farmers – podcast series

The Big Co-op Conversation live from Primex – hear from primary producers using the co-op model

Co-operative Conversations –18 episode series of interviews and roundtable discussion looking at key issues


Get in touch

If you have questions or would like more information or support to planstart or run a co-op, please get in touch with the Co-operative Farming team.

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