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SAVING RURAL AMERICA’S HOST FEATURES Winston County Self Help Cooperative

The Host of the Saving Rural America Live Internet Talk Radio Show is WCSHC Team Leader Frank Taylor the “Voice of Rural America”

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THE SAVING RURAL AMERICA LIVE INTERNET TALK RADIO SHOW • THURS. Feb. 2, 2012 • 6PM – 7:00PM a mist of uncertainties, therefore, WCSHC membership appreciates Columbus’ efforts and time to help save small family farms”. Call in number to speak with the host (323) 580-5735 Find past and up coming shows at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ savingruralamerica

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Winston County Self Help Cooperative P.O. Box 774 Louisville, MS 39339 Phone: 662-779-2400 Email: winstoncshc@att.net Web: www.wcshc.com

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WCSHC HISTORY The Winston County Self Help Cooperative (Louisville, Ms) organized 1985 under the auspices of Mississippi Association and Federation of Southern Cooperatives. The co-op received charter status from Mississippi’s Secretary of State Office October 1988. Larry Miller of Beat-Four Cooperative (Macon, Ms) and Ben Burkett State Director of Mississippi Association of Cooperatives worked fervently to help establish Winston County Self Help Cooperative .“We organized (WCSHC) to assist small farmers and landowners to sell and buy in bulk according to founding members Omerio Dotson. Small family farmers were under-seize due to un-favorable financial conditions and USDA’s lack

of interest to serve black farmers. We needed an outlet to earn more income from our natural resources and increase sustainability in rural Winston County. Therefore, Winston County Self Help Cooperative designed a vehicle for small farmers and landowners to work collectively and overcome agriculture’s adversities.” Columbus McReynolds served as president from 1985-1992 and created a formidable team of farmers and landowners. WCSHC’s membership consisted of 12 members from Winston, Choctaw and Oktibbeha Counties and convened on first Thursday at East Central Federal Union Building on highway 397. WCSHC members received animals through Heifers International to enhance and improve cattle genetics…pigs to start swine operations. Additionally, WCSHC received funds through SelfDevelopment of People (a ministry Of the Presbyterian Church USA) to erect a feed grinding meal. Columbus McReynolds engineered a launching pad for small farmers and landowners in

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WCSHC Purpose is to help small farmers purchase and sell in bulk with a goal of creating sustainability in rural communities by connecting with USDA and other organizations to provide services in a timely manner.


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