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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 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
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:
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
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
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
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
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