Korean Agricultural cooperatives as a model for development of the Lane County
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Agriculture remains an important part of the Oregon stateâ s economy, first in terms of volume and second only to high tech in terms of export value and the state of Oregon grows diverse of production and most of the production is exported and 40% leaves the country.1 Many scholars insist that cooperatives can contribute to the community development. Newly established cooperatives make new jobs in the community and pay taxes to the rural government. They also bring about the construction of infrastructure. In addition, cooperatives play an important role in retaining the money in the community which buyers spent. Especially, agricultural 1 Can the way we eat change Metropolitan agriculture?, Martha Works and Thomas Harvey, www.terrain.org/articles/17/works_harvey.htm 2 cooperatives can contribute to not only the increase of farmersâ income but also providing consumers with fresh and safe food which is grown, distributed, shipped and handled locally. This paper will use Lane County as an example to illustrate role of agricultural cooperatives in rural development. Because historically Lane County's economy has been based on agriculture, Lane County can be a good example of how agricultural cooperatives can help regional development. Most farms in Lane County are family farms, and agricultural cooperatives can be useful tools for the family farms. In addition, in there is a situation where Oregon suffers from high unemployment, agricultural cooperatives can give new jobs to Lane county.