Rural Cooperative Development

NABC is a USDA-Designated Rural Cooperative Development Center

NABC believes that producer-owned cooperatives are critically important to the growth and financial sustainability of regional food systems. Cooperative structures allow producers to pool and leverage resources for business development and to create, share and implement best practices. The cooperative business structure allows producers to have a voice in how the business should work to ensure an appropriate economic return to every farmer-owner.

Funded by the USDA Rural Development Department and its Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program, NABC supports the development of agriculture cooperatives and mutually-owned or managed producer businesses throughout northwest Washington. NABC helps farmer-owned cooperatives and enterprises explore options, provides business planning assistance, marketing support and other technical assistance.

About Cooperatives

Cooperative Development Resources

Cooperative Project List

U.S. farmer, rancher, and fishery cooperatives had a total sales volume of $246 billion in 2013, a new record that surpasses the previous record, set in 2012, by $8 billion, or 4 percent, according to a USDA press release.

For those interested in exploring options to form a producer-owned cooperative business in northwest Washington, please contact Jeff Voltz at

NABC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Contact Us

Northwest Agriculture Business Center
419 South 1st Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 2924
Mount Vernon, WA 98273-2924

Tel: (360) 336-3727
Fax: (360) 336-3751
Toll free: (888) 707-2021
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