Three or more persons engaged in the production, preserving, drying, packing, canning, bottling, shipping, or marketing of agricultural products, as defined in s. 618.01, or in the manufacture or preparation of any confection, extracts, oils, juices, or byproducts, or three or more persons engaged in the production and marketing of aquatic products and sponges, may form a nonprofit cooperative association under the provisions of this chapter to carry on said business. Such associations shall have and may exercise powers authorized by this chapter, powers, necessarily incidental thereto, and all other powers granted to private corporations by the laws of this state, except such powers as are inconsistent with those granted by this chapter.