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A survey of U.S. farmer, rancher, and fishery cooperatives ending their business year during calendar year 2009 showed a net business volume of $147.7 billion with a net income of $4.4 billion. These cooperatives had assets totaling $61 billion, $37 billion of liabilities, and $24 billion in equity. Cooperatives were a major employer in rural areas, with 123,000 full-time workers and 58,000 part-time or seasonal employees. Business volume by commodity is reported for all cooperatives. Number of cooperatives, cooperative memberships, and number of employees are classified according to whether the business is a marketing, supply, or service cooperative. Trends in cooperative numbers, memberships, employees, business size, sales volume, net income, assets, liabilities, and net worth are reported.

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