Cooperatives pack a powerful economic punch that often flies beneath the radar screen.

That's the conclusion of a University of Wisconsin study which concluded that the country's 29,284 cooperatives have revenues of more than $654 billion and provide jobs for more than 2 million people.

The study, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and surveyed 16,151 cooperatives, found that the cooperatives generated $133 billion in income and paid more than $75 billion in wages.

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