Co-operative Feasibility Study Guide, Agriculture Co-ops

A Co-operative Feasibility Study Guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture.


The feasibility study is an integral part in developing a business project. Whether it’s for the creation of a new cooperative or the expansion of an existing one, the project cycle is similar. In “How to Start a Cooperative”(RBS CIR 7), Galen Rapp and Gerald Ely present a 16-step sequence of events recommended for creating an agricultural cooperative. This guide is an expansion of the seventh step, now to conduct the feasibility study. it takes 2 years or even more for a cooperative project to move from preliminary planning to project execution. Key aspects of the project cycle seem to recur during the development process. The information obtained in the evaluation stage provides the impetus for the idea pursued in the next round of planning.

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