Producer Cooperatives: A business owned by the farmers who produce the product.
Producer Cooperatives operate in all areas of agriculture and production. This includes dairy production, raising meat and poultry, growing grains and produce, fishing, there are even forestry operations and biofuel cooperatives.
Why independent farmers, growers, fishers, producers cooperate: Most commonly producers come together to scale their market and advertising reach, or increase the buying power of goods, services, equipment, and insurance to run their businesses. They may also share hiring services, distribution networks, and operation of processing and storage facilities as a group.
Organic Valley and Cabot Creamery Co-operative are two examples of farmer-owned cooperatives!