Basics of Missouri agricultural cooperatives
In 1983, 105 locally owned agricultural cooperatives operated in Missouri. But although they strongly support the idea of cooperatives, farmers may not fully understand their role in the cooperative or the unique features of cooperatives. They have many questions about members' rights and director and corporate responsibilities. The state cooperative statutes provide a source of authority when dealing with these questions. Missouri has two separate agricultural cooperative statutes: Chapter 274 and Chapter 357 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. In this guide, we will call a cooperative incorporated under Chapter 274 a "274 cooperative," and a cooperative incorporated under Chapter 357 a "357 cooperative." This publication will provide information about certain statutory provisions for agricultural cooperatives.
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