Arthur Capper Cooperative Center
The Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, established in 1984 in cooperation with Kansas State University and the Kansas Cooperative Council, is located in the K-State department of agricultural economics.
The center provides research-based information, education and assistance to people interested in cooperative-based businesses. These people include cooperative members, directors, managers and employees; students and faculty at educational institutions; the general public and public officials; and owners, directors, managers and employees of non-cooperative agribusiness. A cooperative is a form of business that is voluntarily owned and controlled by its users. It is operated for them on a cost basis. Examples of cooperative businesses include farm supply, financial, purchasing, health, consumer, day care, housing and insurance. There are more than 70 million people that belong to some form of cooperative in the United States.
The philosophy of the center is to acquire and invest resources to achieve excellence in cooperative education. The resources obtained from grants, fees for service and income from the endowment fund support four key components of the education program: student education, an annual symposium, an annual CEO Round Table and special research and extension education projects.
The center has also developed a comprehensive software program for financial planning projects, which helps cooperatives examine alternative economic strategies based on their own financial information.
The center has presented educational programs and information to various regional, state and national audiences. It also established an in-house cooperative library containing more than 7,000 documents, books and videos. The center also created the Arthur Caper Cooperative Research Collection in K-State's Hale Library, which includes the corporate records of FarMarCo and Farmland Industries.
Updated spring 2006