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Wisconsin, Minnesota groups get funding to help local co-ops

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Groups that serve farm cooperatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota are getting a third year of federal funding to help local co-ops improve their economies. 

The UW Center for Co-ops and the Cooperative Network are getting another $200,000.

The funding is designed to help increase rural access to health care, grow local food systems, provide education about co-ops, and help businesses convert to being employee-owned. 

Part of the grant will also help establish a transportation fuel purchasing co-op for Wisconsin schools, which have been plagued with rising gas costs for their bus lines. 

Cooperative Network CEO Bill Oemichen tells the Brownfield Ag News Network that much of the work is, "unique and innovative" in helping build communities.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)