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Rural Grocery Initiative

Rural Cooperative Development

As a recipient of a USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant, the Rural Grocery Initiative is beginning a new chapter of supporting cooperative development in Kansas to support the retention and viability of rural grocery stores.

In 2023, the Rural Grocery Initiative is focusing on learning, exploring and supporting rural cooperative development.  

  • Learning about rural KS Co-ops 
    • Interviewing existing Kansas cooperatives
    • Attending trainings through Cooperation Works 
    • Developing Kansas-specific cooperative development resources 
  • Exploring Cooperative Purchasing Model 
    • Partnering with K-State Agricultural Economics to conduct a feasibility study on group grocery purchasing 
  • Supporting KS cooperative development 
In the news

K-State receives $175K grant to support development of rural grocery cooperatives