University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives

o Dakota Growers Pasta Company and the City of Carrington, North Dakota: A Case Study

A report for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fund for Rural America in support for the Fund for Rural America Center for Cooperative Enterprise. March 1998

By Kim Zeuli, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul; Gary A. Goreham, Department of Sociology/Anthropology, North Dakota State University; Robert King, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul; Evert van der Sluis, Department of Economics, South Dakota State University.


Summary

The Dakota Growers Pasta Company (DGPC) and the city of Carrington, North Dakota were selected as a case study because DGPC exemplifies one of a growing number of the so-called new generation co-ops that are emerging in the Northern Great Plains states. These cooperatives typically have limited membership opportunities and supply contracts. Since the inception of DGPC, numerous other new generation agricultural co-ops have been established in the region, including co-ops for beef, bison, carrots, corn, dairy, and potatoes. A greater understanding of the dynamics, impacts, and needs of a cooperative like DGPC, and its relationship with the city of Carrington, can provide insights into other new generation cooperatives in the region.



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