Iowa Institute for Cooperatives

Message to Our Members

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.

Click here for our COVID-19 Resource Page


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.

Iowa Institute for Cooperative Events


Risk Management Webinar Series - Grain Contracting Mitigation


Human Capital Webinar Series - Succession Planning


2021 Credit Conference

Thursday, Radisson Hotel and Conference Center Ames

Risk Management Webinar Series - Securing Your Credit Risk and Managing Your Accounts Receivable


Risk Management Webinar Series - Cybersecurity Risk Exposure





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.

Coop News

Legislatives Updates

Keep up with cooperative happenings at the Capitol with Katie’s updates on our On the Hill page. Also, check out Katie’s video updates on our YouTube Channel.

0 / / February 05, 2021
Coop News

2020 IIC Annual Meeting Recording

Thank you to our membership for your attendance and support of your 2020 annual meeting.  Thank you to Tom Halverson, CEO CoBank,  for your interesting insights into the current economic environment impacting our member cooperatives....

0 / / November 30, 2020
Coop News

Leave Laws in the Age of COVID

As your employees return to the workplace and their children return to school, it is important to understand the paid leave provisions in the Family First Covornavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   Mary E. Furk, attorney...

0 / / September 22, 2020

Iowa Map


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.