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 75 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.