Oklahoma City-Cooperatives have been around a long time but agricultural producers and rural communities are putting a new spin on the concept by processing raw commodities into high demand products. This year's Tulsa Farm Show will feature an in-depth program on cooperatives featuring experts on topics from finance to operations.

The show will be held December 7, 8 and 9 at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. The cooperative meeting is scheduled for December 7 at 3:30 p.m.

Experts from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma State University, and the Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council will be featured speakers on topics ranging from cooperative feasibility studies to financing options. Several grant options are available through state and federal programs and these will also be discussed.

"This is going to be a real "How To" kind of program for any producer or community group interested in forming a cooperative," said Gary Bledsoe, Assistant Director of Market Development Services for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. "Our experiences with the development of the Value Added Product, Inc. facility in Alva have shown how successful a cooperative can be and we think there are even more possibilities for other parts of the state."

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