Cooperatives Touch Our Daily Lives
Cooperatives are so much a part of our lives that most of us don’t realize that some of the most familiar food and beverage products we buy and use every day are produced and marketed by co-ops.
Wherever you live in the Virginia, chances are cooperatives are part of your life every day and you may not even realize it.
Co-ops provide power.
Nearly a million Virginia homes, farms and businesses depend on an electric co-op to provide their electricity.
Co-ops fuel your life.
Thousands of Virginians purchase home heating oil and propane and even gasoline and diesel fuel from a petroleum co-op.
Co-ops finance your life.
Virginians depend on credit unions for checking and savings accounts and Farm Credit to finance farms, businesses and rural homes.
Co-ops put food on your table.
From meat and poultry to dairy products to vegetables, many of the products and national brands you use every day are produced and marketed by co-ops.
Co-ops help farmers provide the food you eat.
Farm supply co-ops provide the seeds and fertilizers farmers need to grow crops and the feeds they need to grow livestock. Farmer co-ops also provide feeds for horse and pets and many also offer tools, plants and lawn and garden supplies.
Co-ops protect your investments.
If you insurance your property or vehicles with a mutual insurance company, you are dealing with a cooperative business.
Here are some examples that are probably in your pantry or refrigerator right now.
- MarvaMaid Milk and Dairy Products
- Florida’s Natural Orange Juice
- Welch’s Grape Juice
- Ocean Spray Cranberries
- SunKist Oranges
- SunMaid Raisins
- Land-O-Lakes Butter
- Blue Diamond Almonds
- SueBee Honey
- TreeTop Apple Juice
- Cabot Cheese