In these trying times, we want you to know the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives is continuing work that helps and supports our members. Our staff is working with cooperative and industry stakeholders to address and give voice to your needs and concerns.
The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us all to change. We are constantly assessing and adjusting our current work arrangements to address the needs and safety of our staff and members. Although we currently have the office open, we can work remotely and encourage our members to contact us via phone or email. We have canceled all in- person meetings and events at this time.
We will continue to look for ways to support our members. Please contact us with your questions, challenges, and the ideas and solutions to the challenges your cooperative is facing. We can seek out industry experts to answer questions and share the information with members via email or webinar.
We are proud to work in an industry where cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community are two of our founding principles. We are here to work with you and support you.
Cooperatives provide a proven business model that has fostered economic progress in Iowa for decades. The Iowa Institute for Cooperatives (IIC) has been lighting the way for cooperatives across the state since 1951.
Our members come from a variety of industries, including agriculture, credit unions, rural electric, rural telephone, farm credit, petroleum, and more. We develop educational and training programs for our members, provide timely news updates, and guide legislative actions that build upon the strength of the cooperative system. We also promote new cooperative development and value-added production.
Mission: Enhancing our member cooperative’s success
Vision: To be the valued partner and resource for Iowa cooperatives
1. We deliver legislative and regulatory presence by identifying and proactively engaging in issues on behalf of our members’ cooperatives.
2. We are a primary platform of education and current information to enhance the cooperative’s success.
3. We provide business expertise and additional resources to ensure our member’s success.
4. We enhance the cooperative spirit through collaboration to provide services and opportunities our members cannot do individually.
To reach our cooperative members and those with an interest in cooperatives, we provide regular communication and articles on educational opportunities, legislative action, and industry updates.
In lieu of our annual Cooperative Intern Day, we are holding 4 interactive sessions—a mix of cooperative topics and early-career perspectives—for co-op interns and new employees. Live sessions will be held: 1) Tuesday, May 26th: 7:30-8:30am, Foundations of...
In light of the recent Iowa Supreme Court decision on MidWestOne v. Heartland Co-op, we have asked our attorney, Eric Eide with Nyemaster Goode, to summarized the ruling for our members. Click here for his...
As a service by the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives, an up-to-date map depicting Iowa cooperative’s and their locations or branches is provided. This tool gives a visual description of the significant presence member-owned cooperatives have across our great state.