Farm & Home Cooperative’s mission is to be the provider of choice for its member owners for innovative rural telecommunications technology, team-building, and other services to improve member organization operations, net income and the quality of life in the rural Midwest.
We do this by fostering innovative advanced technologies and useful local services, including last-mile and in-home/clinic/school product and service options to reach patients, students, farmers, remote employees, etc., but especially those who may be in disadvantaged areas are unserved or underserved by reliable, adequate, and affordable broadband access.
Our main aim is advancing communications technologies in the rural Midwest for our members thus creating many rural community benefits.
Our cooperative advises our members on using network-based solutions for:
- Enabling essential health, education and training in rural areas
- Strengthening two-way interaction with outside expertise
- Facilitating community and region-wide activities and community development
- Allowing real-time farm advisories and strengthening of farmer-scientist-technologist linkage.
- Increasing farm and rural community productivity
- Facilitating telework employment for rural area farm families
- Better understanding farmers problems and providing more timely and instantaneous solutions
- Cutting down of travel expenses and saving of time associated with conventional methods of interaction.
- Conducting remote diagnosis, treatment coordination and recovery related to agricultural disease control and animal health.
- Improving response to natural disasters and other emergencies requiring outside coordination
The main advantages of the Farm & Home’s multi-stakeholder cooperative model over the traditional / legacy single-class cooperative, LLC, non-profit, and marketing association are:
WE BRING A FLEXIBLE FINANCIAL STRUCTURE WHICH IS NEEDED FOR HARD RURAL PROBLEMS:
We provide the financial (patronage, equity and grant / subsidy) and structural means for diverse and often competitive stakeholder groups such as telecommunications providers, electric cooperatives, agricultural producers and their suppliers to band together as one entity to implement sustainable solutions to rural problems.
WE ARE STRUCTURED FOR IMPROVED MEMBER TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATIONS
Our rural stakeholders including farmers, telecommunications providers, electric cooperatives, agricultural producers and their suppliers as member/owners can work though hard issues collectively in a number of cooperative-led venues—the board of directors meetings, meetings of the membership, training sessions, community, grant projects, regulatory filings, media events, etc.