The National Association of Agricultural Educators are working in partnership with the CHS Foundation to offer engaging and inquiry based instructional materials that have everything you need to deliver quality instruction on the cooperative business model, the impact of cooperatives on the community and cooperative career opportunities. In early 2020 a third module will be available that provides a real-life mock cooperative experience for your students. The modules are yours to use and come with everything you need; materials list, teacher notes, handouts, presentation tools, assessments and more.
Module One - The Cooperative Business Model
Five basic business structures exist for organizing a business. Each structure has advantages and disadvantages regarding decision making, risk, and profit distribution. A sole proprietorship is the simplest structure allowing individual decision-making while exposing the owner to the most risk. Corporate structures lower individual risk but can reduce an individual’s voice about business operations. The cooperative structure is a type of corporation that allows individuals with similar business goals who want an equal say to form a business with democratic control.
- Module One Overview
- Cooperative Detectives Task
- Cooperative Guiding Principles Task
- Cooperative Guiding Principles Evaluation Rubric
- Buying and Selling Task
- Benefits = Responsibility Task
- Benefits = Responsibility Evaluation Rubric
- Active Membership PPT
- Cooperative Structure PPT
- Module One Assessment
Module Two - Cooperative Career Opportunities and Cooperatives in the Community
Agricultural cooperatives connect farmers to international markets by providing supply chain services that include marketing, distributing, and processing. These services allow a farmer to transport products from the farm to consumers who may be local or found halfway around the world. Locally, cooperatives provide consulting services to farmers so they can better manage their crops. Other local services include storage and processing facilities for the farmer’s commodities. International services include transportation of agricultural goods connecting a farmer to new markets, increasing the demand and price a farmer receives for his or her goods.
Cooperatives found in small communities appeal to potential employees interested in living in rural areas. Cooperative businesses have career opportunities similar to corporations. Those interested in an agricultural career can find jobs in career pathways, such as plant production, animal production, natural resource conservation, and agricultural mechanics at cooperatives located in communities around the country. Beyond the wide array of careers in rural communities, cooperatives also arrange philanthropic giving and community service for quality of life improvements in the community.
- Module Two Overview
- Module Two Glossary
- Business Connections Teacher Guide
- Cooperative Career Opportunities Teacher Guide
- Cooperative Community Values Teacher Guide
- Module Two Assessment
Module Three - Mock Classroom Cooperative (coming early 2020)