University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
Journal of Agricultural Cooperation

Title Expulsion of Members by Agricultural Cooperatives
Author(s) John D. Copeland
Series Volume 1
Issue Date 1986
Abstract The relationship between farmer members and their cooperatives is unique, a combination of contract, business, and membership interests. Cooperatives may have occasion to terminate the relationship by expelling a member. This article explores legal authority of cooperatives to expel members, conditions under which expulsion is an acceptable action by cooperatives, and legal consequences to the cooperative when expulsion occurs. Adverse consequences of improper expulsion are described, and procedures are suggested to protect member and cooperative interests when expulsion is necessary.

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