The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s (FRB) $1.8 billion cooperative extension is coming to an end.
The extension, which was approved on Thursday by the Federal Reserve Board, will provide credit for cooperative extension businesses, according to the bank’s website.
Cooper extension businesses can use the credit to expand their businesses and meet the needs of the community, the bank said.
Coopers, the largest cooperative extension business in the U.S., has seen a resurgence in recent years.
Cooperative extension businesses have grown in size and scope in recent decades, with more than 60,000 cooperatives operating in the United States.
In the past two decades, the cooperative economy has experienced an explosion in the number of cooperative extension providers.
Since 2000, there have been more than 40,000 cooperative extension programs in operation in the US, the FRB said.
More than 60 percent of these cooperative extension contracts are awarded to small cooperative extension services, which is a positive sign, according the FRP.
Coordination of cooperative service providers is a critical part of ensuring cooperative renewal and is a priority for the FRPB.
Cooperation extension programs can be profitable, the Fed said, but that depends on the quality of service providers.
In a statement, co-founder and executive director of the Cooperative Extension Program, Bob Schubert, called the extension an important step in our efforts to provide financial and other support for cooperative renewal.
Coopters are committed to their communities and are committed that the cooperative community will benefit from their services, he said.
Schubert said cooperative extension provides opportunities for the cooperative workforce to increase their financial and employment stability and that the extension program provides financial incentives for cooperative businesses to remain in business.
Co-founder of the Federal Cooperative Extension Network, Bill Gullenbeck, said the extension will benefit all cooperators, including those in rural areas.
The cooperative extension program is a collaborative effort between the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the United Way, the Cooperative Service Corporation (CSCC), the National Cooperative Bank of Southern California, and other cooperators and other entities, Schuberts statement said.
The Federal Cooperative extension program aims to provide credit to cooperatives and other cooperative extension service providers that are contributing to strengthening the economic health and the well-being of their communities.
Cooperative Extension Services are a key part of the financial and economic recovery of communities.
For more information, visit the FRBs Cooperative Extension webpage at www.frb.gov/cooper.