Unification of two or more cooperative operations may be accomplished by acquisition of the assets, liabilities and member equity of one organization by another; by merger of one organization into another; or by consolidation of both organizations into a new organization. The major purpose of a unification is to combine memberships, member business and member investments to form a larger, stronger association of farmers. The end results as far as name, wording of the articles and by-laws, board size, method of representing members and capital structure can be the same regardless of the unification method used.
Strain, J. Robert, "Combining Agricultural Cooperatives- Some Notes On Procedures And Alternatives" (1976). Economic Staff Paper Series. 148.