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GEORGIA COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER. William A. Thomas Cooperative Development Specialist Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development/ Georgia Cooperative Development Center. SWGACOOP Background.

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Georgia cooperative development center

GEORGIA COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER

William A. Thomas

Cooperative Development Specialist

Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development/

Georgia Cooperative Development Center


Swgacoop background

SWGACOOP Background

  • Golden Triangle RC&D submits proposal for RCDG program to start agrotourism cooperative in 2002

  • Rep Bishop assists in obtaining funds

  • RBS would not approved program of work as written

  • Golden Triangle requests support from Center for Agribusiness & Economic Development


Swgacoop background1

SWGACOOP Background

  • CAED developed POW

    • Broaden scope to be comprehensive Co-op Development Center

    • Focus on feasibility studies and business plans with technical assistance in co-op development

    • Office at Golden Triangle office in Albany

    • Most of work done by CAED personnel in Athens and Tifton


Swgacoop background2

SWGACOOP Background

  • RBS approves POW

  • Southwest Georgia Cooperative Development Center begins operations

    • Focus in 9 SW GA Counties

    • Focus on value added cooperatives


Gcdc background

GCDC Background

  • FY 05 Application expanded to Georgia RC&D Council and to cover all of state

  • CAED still executes grant

  • Grant Total: $266,816

  • Match Total: $289,667


Organization

Organization

  • GCDC is arm of existing organizations

  • Steering Committee

    • One Member From Each RC&D

    • Review applications & progress

    • Set Priorities

  • Applications to CAED for evaluation and delivery

  • Educational requests do not go through Steering committee

  • Educational efforts may or may not result in formal project

  • Emphasis on Technical Assistance

    • No Pass Throughs

  • Request Match (in-kind or $)


Gcdc staff

GCDC Staff


Gcdc services development

GCDC Services -Development

  • Technical Assistance (organizing and management)

  • Survey Design & Execution

  • Feasibility Studies

  • Market Identification

  • Impact Analysis

  • Business Planning


Gcdc services education

GCDC Services -Education

  • General Co-op Education

  • Interest Group Meetings

  • Board Training

  • Manager/Employee Training

  • Special Interest Areas (Taxes)

  • Youth Education


Gcdc services continuity

GCDC Services -Continuity

  • Continuing Technical Assistance

    • Updating Plans/Studies

    • Expansion Studies

    • Education

    • Marketing

    • Web Page Development/Hosting

  • Management Audits


Swgacoop projects

SWGACOOP Projects


Southwest georgia escapes

Southwest Georgia Escapes

  • Agrotourism Co-op in SW Georgia

  • Members: 10

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Organizing – Articles, bylaws

    • Board Training

    • Business Plan, Marketing Plan, Leverage marketing efforts

    • Sales: $300,000

    • Jobs:


Sw ga escapes

SW GA Escapes


Southern gin inc

Southern Gin Inc.

  • Cotton Gin in Mitchell County (SW Georgia)

  • Members: 20

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Organizing – Articles, bylaws

    • Feasibility Study, Business Plan, SOPs

    • Net Income: $ 250,000 in first year

    • Jobs: 35


Southern gin

Southern Gin


Chad heard et al

Chad Heard, et al.

  • Potential Chicken Litter Composting Co-op in SW Georgia

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Financial Analysis

  • Facility constructed, compost being made

  • Organized as a LLC


Patmos peanut co op

Patmos Peanut Co-op

  • Potential Peanut Buying Point Co-op in SW Georgia

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Feasibility Study

    • Organizational assistance

  • Group organized as LLC and purchased buying point

  • Facility continuing to operate


Flint river farms

Flint River Farms

  • Potential Cantaloupe & Watermellon Production and Marketing Co-op in Decatur

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Organizational Assistance

    • Feasibility Study

  • Group did not pursue concept due to lack of capital


Georgia cooperative development center projects

Georgia Cooperative Development Center Projects


Ga corn growers

GA Corn Growers

  • Potential Ethanol Co-op

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Feasibility Study

  • Study underway

  • Issues

    • Profitability

    • Competitiveness

    • Source of inputs


Agrienergy south

AgriEnergy South

  • Potential Ethanol Co-op in Alma

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Feasibility Study

    • Organizational

  • Study underway

  • Issues

    • Profitability

    • Competitiveness

    • Source of inputs


Catahilhi cooperative

Catahilhi Cooperative

  • Agrotourism Co-op in Wigham for the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Organizational

    • Board Training

    • Marketing Plan/Feasibility Study

  • Organized, raising capital

  • Conducted Board Training

  • Members: 6


Carroll co grass fed beef

Carroll Co. Grass Fed Beef

  • Value Added Co-op with members in Georgia & Alabama

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Organizational

    • Feasibility Study

  • Interest Survey Completed


Farmers fresh food network carroll co

Farmers’ Fresh Food Network - Carroll Co

  • Value Added Co-op with members in Georgia & Alabama

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Organizational

    • Business Plan

    • Board Training

  • Co-op Organized and Board Training Underway


Ogeechee area cooperative

Ogeechee Area Cooperative

  • Small Scale Poultry Processing Value Added Co-op with limited resource farmer members

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Feasibility Study

    • Regulatory Analysis

    • Organizational

  • Feasibility Study Complete


Sparta hancock cooperative

Sparta/Hancock Cooperative

  • Value Added Vegetable Co-op with limited resource farmer members

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Organizational

    • Feasibility Study of Packing Shed

  • Co-op Organized and Cost Analysis Complete.

    • Regulative Study Under Way

    • Market Analysis to be Conducted


Sunbelt organic gold

Sunbelt Organic Gold

  • Poultry Litter Pelletizing Co-op in Coffee County

  • Type of Assistance:

    • Organizational

    • Updating Feasibility Study

  • Co-op Organized and Feasibility Complete

  • Co-op Raising Capital


Pending gcdc projects

Pending GCDC Projects

  • Alma Pak Inc.

    • IQF Blueberries & Cold storage

    • Feasibility & Organization

  • Metro Atlanta Forestry Cooperative

    • Organizational assistance

    • Feasibility

  • Pearl Millet Cooperative

    • Organizational

    • Market analysis


Pending gcdc projects con t

Pending GCDC Projects con’t

  • Sleepy Hollow Farms

    • Gold Seal Market Analysis

    • Organization

  • Oconee County Poultry Litter Growers

    • Organizational assistance

    • Feasibility

  • Farm Fresh Tattnall

    • Advertising Efficiency Organizational

    • Market analysis


Educational programs

Educational Programs

  • Co-op Basics/GCDC

    • 4 RC&Ds

    • 10 producer groups

  • Board Training

    • Use USDAs Leading Board

    • 3 Co-ops

  • 2005 Tax School

  • 2004 Cooperative Youth Conference


Co op youth conference

Co-op Youth Conference


Educational programs con t

Educational Programs, con’t

  • Team Ag Georgia

    • Selecting form of business

    • Market Plans – Co-op example

  • Agrotourism Workshops

    • Use SW GA Escapes as Example

  • Celebrating Rural Georgia

    • Display

    • Marketing

    • Agrotourism

  • Georgia Agricultural Week – Atlanta

  • Monthly Steering Committee Meetings


What about the future

What About the Future?

  • Continuing Existing Projects

    • Pending Projects

    • Grass Fed Beef

    • Catahilhi Cooperative

    • Ethanol (2)

    • Farmers Fresh Network

    • Forest

  • Support Current Clients

  • New Projects

    • Regional Agrotourism

    • Catfish

  • Educational Outreach


Sustainable center

Sustainable Center?

  • Cooperation Works!

    • Professional Development

    • Information Sharing

    • Grants Funding Support

  • Fee For Service

  • Matching

  • State Approprations


Questions

QUESTIONS


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