1. Any number of persons, not less than twelve, may associate themselves together as a cooperative association, society or exchange, having all the incidents, powers and privileges of corporations, for the purpose of producing or furnishing goods, services, or housing, or for the purpose of conducting any agricultural or mercantile business on the cooperative plan, including the buying, selling, manufacturing, storage, transportation or other handling or dealing in or with, by associations of agriculturists, of agricultural, dairy or similar products, and including the manufacturing transformation of such articles into products derived therefrom, and for the purpose of the purchasing of or selling to all shareholders and others groceries, provisions and all other articles of merchandise.

2. For the purposes of this section the words “association”, “company”, “corporation”, “society” or “exchange” shall be construed to mean the same.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 357.010

  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.

3. A corporation, other than a cooperative incorporated under this chapter, may convert itself into a cooperative, if such corporation can qualify as a cooperative under the provisions of this chapter, by adopting an amendment to its articles of incorporation by which it elects to become subject to the provisions of this chapter. Such amendment shall include all information required by section 357.020 and may include any desirable changes permitted by this chapter. Such amendment shall be adopted, filed and recorded in the manner provided by law applicable to the corporation prior to such conversion, except that the fee for such amendment shall be that amount required of a newly formed cooperative as set forth in section 357.060.