Ag cooperatives prove successful in rural South

A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies titled “Agricultural Cooperatives: Opportunities & Challenges for African American Women in the South” found that co-ops can create a more beneficial economic development model in the rural South, especially for black women.

This report found that economic development models in the rural South are heavily skewed towards subsidizing large companies that offer few benefits for rural African American women and come at a large cost to taxpayers while putting locally owned businesses at a disadvantage. It gives examples in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi where residents are suffering poverty wages and high unemployment despite state investments in large manufacturing corporations to those states.


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