Co-ops 101: An Introduction to Cooperatives (USDA)

This report provides a comprehensive summary of basic information on the cooperative way of organizing and operating a business. It covers the nature and extent of the use of cooperatives, compares cooperatives to other business structures, explains the roles various people play in a cooperative, and discusses equity accumulation and income taxation. The purpose is to make available, in a single report, the information someone would need to acquire a general understanding of how cooperatives function.
Published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development department. For more info, see this link or email