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The Missouri Institute of Cooperatives (MIC) is an association of local and regional cooperatives organized to provide education on the cooperative form of business. Through youth programs, the annual newsletter, and the annual meeting, MIC fosters learning and discussion on cooperatives for the cooperative leaders of today and tomorrow.


October is Co-op Month in Missouri

First place winner Hailey Schepers

In recognition of economic contributions of cooperatives, their service to Rural Missouri and their important role developing future leaders, Governor Mike Parson designated October as Co-op Month in Missouri.

The MIC Board accepted the proclamation on behalf of Missouri cooperatives.

Pictured Left to Right: Beau Hepler, Joe Parcell, Pat Walter, Matt Staley, Kristi Livingston, Tyler Mason, Michael Cook, Jonathan Fuller, MIC Vice President Elizabeth Shade, Luke Fitzpatrick, Carmen Hartwell, MIC President Sean Vanslyke, Kenney Steeves, MIC Secretary Steve Fairchild, and Scott Gardner. (Photo courtesy of MFA Incorporated.)


Now Accepting 2020 Missouri Cooperative Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations are invited for the 2020 Missouri Cooperative Hall of Fame Awards. The awards will be presented at the MIC Annual Meeting and Banquet on March 12, 2020.

MIC’s goal is to recognize outstanding cooperative leaders from as many of our member cooperatives as feasible. The first step begins with you. Please take time to nominate leaders from your cooperative who have made significant, lasting contributions to Missouri cooperatives. The selection committee must receive a nomination to consider deserving individuals for this award.

Please review the selection criteria carefully. Please answer all questions on the nomination form and provide letters in support of the nomination – this information is reviewed closely by the selection committee.

The submission deadline for nominations is January 6, 2020.

If your nominee is selected, MIC will consult with you regarding preparation for the award presentation.

Contact the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives office at 573-882-0140 or LivingstonK@missouri.edu if you have any questions.

Nominations must be postmarked by January 6, 2020. Late nominations will not be accepted.


2019 Missouri Cooperative Hall of Fame Inductees

The following individuals were inducted into the Missouri Cooperative Hall of Fame in March, 2019.
      Benny Farrell, MFA Oil Company (Member Category)
      Barry Hart, Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (Employee Category)
      Gary Irwin, FCS Financial (Employee Category)
      James Nivens, FCS Financial (Member Category)
A full list of Hall of Fame members are located on the Hall of Fame page.


Congratulations to the winners of MIC's 2018-2019 Public Speaking Contest

    First place winner Hailey Schepers

      First Place: Hailey Schepers, California (pictured left)
      Second Place: Jenna Rains, Gallatin
      Third Place: Dakota Pemberton, Richland
Other state contestants and District Winners are: Cole Hammett, Ashland; Ashlyn Hill, Miller; and Justin Schroder, Doniphan.


For more information on MIC, please contact:

Kristi Livingston | Education Coordinator | University of Missouri | 125D Mumford Hall | Columbia, MO | 65211-6200

Phone: 573-882-0140 | Email: livingstonk@missouri.edu