An agricultural co-operative is comprised of farmers who join together in a variety of ways to secure better deals for their products, to enjoy the benefits of collective marketing, or to share expensive machinery and equipment.
In the north-east of Scotland agricultural co-operatives make a vital contribution to the rural economy by creating and sustaining jobs.
Farmers, growers, and producers sell their produce direct to the public through farmers' markets. Buying locally means customers can ask how each particular food item is grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or made by the producer. It also means that the food travels fewer miles which helps to minimise carbon emissions.
Explore these links for information on agricultural co-operatives operating in Scotland: