What is a Cooperative?

A cooperative is an organization owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services. An example are cooperative schools where a group of parents pool money and resources to hire a teacher and create a school.  Another common example are telephone companies where groups of home owners without phone or internet service join together to create a company to fill a service or product need.

Types of cooperatives include Service (like telephone/utilities), Marketing cooperatives (like Tillamook or Wilco’s Hazelnut business) and Supply (like R.E.I. or Wilco’s Energy and Farm Store businesses).

The groups who come together to build the company are member-owners. To be a member of the Wilco cooperative, you must be an agricultural producer as defined by the IRS. As a member, you are one of the owners of the business. Members earn patronage (similar to earning dividends and stock/equity), have voting privileges, and can run for the Board of Directors. During the Annual Meeting each year, Board members are elected; by law changes can be discussed and voted upon, and then a recap of the prior year is presented to the members.

How to qualify and become a member of Wilco

Frequently Asked Questions About Membership

What is a Cooperative?

A Cooperative is an organization which is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits and benefits.

Who makes up Wilco?

2,500 agricultural producers located throughout the Willamette Valley, parts of Washington and California.