Formed in 1944, the Kansas Cooperative Council is a voluntary trade association representing all forms of cooperatively structured business in Kansas. The Mission of the Kansas Cooperative Council is to promote, support and advance the interests, business success and understanding of agricultural, utility, credit and consumer cooperatives and their members through legislation and regulatory efforts, education, and public relations.
The map below indicates the four Council districts.
District 1 – Atchison, Brown, Doniphan, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Nemaha, Osage, Pottawatomie, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Wyandotte, Franklin, Miami, Jewell, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Mitchell, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Lincoln, Ottawa, Ellsworth, Saline, Dickinson, Geary, Morris and Johnson.
District 2 – Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton, Phillips, Smith, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Rooks, Osborne, Wallace, Logan, Gove, Trego, Ellis, Russell, Greely, Wichita, Scott, Lane, Ness, Rush and Barton.
District 3 – Hamilton, Kearney, Finney, Hodgeman, Pawnee, Stafford, Stanton, Grant, Haskell, Gray, Ford, Edwards, Pratt, Kiowa, Morton, Stevens, Meade, Seward, Clark, Commanche and Barber.
District 4 – Rice, McPherson, Marion, Chase, Lyon, Coffee, Anderson, Linn, Reno, Harvey, Butler, Greenwood, Woodson, Allen, Bourbon, Kingman, Sedgwick, Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Crawford, Harper, Sumner, Cowley, Chautauqua, Montgomery, Labette and Cherokee.
The growth and diversification of cooperatives in Kansas created a need for an organization that would represent all types of cooperatives in the state. The cooperative business model was under significant pressure in the early 1940’s. The Committee of Kansas Farm Organizations (CKFO), a group of farm associations originally founded by the Kansas Grange, Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Farm Bureau, formed the Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC) in 1944 to defend the cooperative business model before the legislature and on Capitol Hill.
The KCC has remained true to the vision of the original founders developed almost 70 years ago. Cooperatives, no matter what industry they operate in, have a source for guidance and aid in legislative, educational and promotional activities. Additionally, the Council helps to further an understanding and knowledge among various audience as to the importance of cooperative principles and methods of doing business.