AFCNA News

Understanding the Annual Marketing - Fiber Statement

Process for Annual Statement Preparation and Distribution for Fiber Submission Marketing Division – Fiber 1) Submitted fiber is sorted by grade and color. Information is entered onto the submitted clip report by the Sorter. a) At end of day the clip report is either faxed or emailed to the member for their records. At this time the member has the opportunity to question any concerns b) The annual Excel worksheet is updated which is used to summarize submission by member. The information captured is as follows: i) Member Number ii) Name iii) Farm Name iv) Type of fiber Suri or Huacaya v)...

The Cooperative Advantage

Cranberries to Alpacas – The Benefits of a Farmer’s Cooperative In the 1880s, my great grandfather, Charles W. Wilkinson, discovered that cranberries grew very well in the sandy acid soil of Southern New Jersey. The area was known as the Pine Barrens. The few indigenous inhabitants were often called Pineys. Yellow pine trees stunted in growth due to lack of soil nutrition forested the area. A few narrow rutted roads surfaced with sugar like sand and rainwater filled pothole criss crossed through this almost wild region. Cranberries to Alpacas The Benefits of a Farmers’ Coop...

Reduced Shipping Costs

The AFCNA Board wishes to help its members reduce their shipping costs for submission of their 2006 clip. Accordingly, we have worked with UPS to put in place a shipping program called “Campus Shipping” that allows members to avail themselves of a volume discount reflecting the volume of all clip submissions from across the country to Tapetes de Lana. The system seems to be very user friendly and will talk you through the step by step process to print out your shipping labels and then take your boxes to the closest UPS store. If you already have UPS pickup on a regular basis y...

How AFCNA Works

Inside a Farmers’ Cooperative How the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America, Inc. Works By Daryl W. Goodrich, J.D. Twenty-six years ago my wife and I decided to buy some acreage and build a house. We were not sure how many rooms or stories we wanted. Do we wish a basement and if so should it be finished? Should the kitchen be eat-in or not? What should the room layout be? And, are there to be porches? It was a challenge. There was an endless list of possible sizes, layouts, styles and features. Wishing a pleasing, comfortable shelter for our family and possessions was the only certainty ...

Become a Registered User of the AFCNA Member Website

AFCNA Members can Become Registered Users of the Site If you are an AFCNA Member, please take a few minutes to become a registered user of this website.  If you are not an AFCNA member, please consider joining… If you haven’t noticed already, AFCNA is in the final stages of converting the member’s website to a new system.  This will provide several advantages for both the members individually and the cooperative as a whole. If you are an AFCNA Member, please take a few minutes to become a registered user. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining. Registered User ben...