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From Farmer to Fork: The family farmers who make your butter and how the cooperative gets it to your dinner table.
Land O’Lakes, Inc. includes 1,711 dairy family farmers. They are the backbone of our farmer-owned cooperative that has expanded to much more than butter in its nearly 100-year history. Before your food winds up on your dinner table, it takes a farmer to fork journey. In this episode, we trace the humble beginnings of that holiday cheese plate and that glass of milk left for Santa.
The families who produce your food and how Land O’Lakes turns it into those iconic products, like our butter, that wind up on grocery store shelves. Join host Kim Olson as she welcomes guests Heather Anfang, Senior Vice President of U.S. Dairy Foods and Land O’Lakes farmer-owner Lauren Evangelo.
The small town labor shortage: How Land O'Lakes works to introduce new workers to Rural America
Bringing new workers, new families and new ideas to rural small towns mean that the town, its businesses, and schools can thrive for years to come. But recruiting new workers to those small towns can be a challenge. The talent pool is smaller Vs. large urban areas. The visibility for those jobs may not be as apparent in online job postings. The reality is, more people are moving away from small towns than they are moving in. Land O'Lakes, Inc. works directly with many of its ag business members to recruit talent to their small towns.
When farmers do better, their local grain cooperatives and country stores do better. Therefore, their communities thrive which, if you eat food is good for all of us. This episode outlines the difficulties in bringing talent to small towns and how Land O’Lakes, Inc. is committed to rural vitality.
Connecting rural America: An agtech alliance for the future with Land O'Lakes and Microsoft
Agriculture is more high tech than ever before. From artificial intelligence to cloud computing technologies, there is so much innovation out there to support farmers in their efforts to be both profitable and sustainable. In order to leverage agtech to its full potential and feed the world’s growing population, expanding rural broadband connectivity is crucial. Land O’Lakes is working with Microsoft on all of these intersecting issues – bridging the digital divide and connecting farmers with the latest technology. Join host Kim Olson and Land O’Lakes Chief Technology Officer Teddy Bekele in a conversation with Ranveer Chandra, Chief Scientist of Microsoft Azure Global about our new strategic alliance.
Opportunity beyond the farm: Putting our Co-op model to work
As a farmer-owned cooperative Land O’Lakes has a vast network of farmers and families whose professional skillset exceeds farm work. In a challenging farm economy, Land O’Lakes launched its ‘Supplemental Work Program’ where our farmers or their families who may have IT, accounting – or other business-related skills can be hired as part-time workers in their knowledgeable field. Join host Kim Olson and Land O’Lakes Farmer-Owners Suzanne Vold and Josie Peters on how this unique program is bringing new income opportunities to the families that provide your food.
An essential service in a time of crisis: COVID-19 and the food supply
COVID-19 is impacting everyone, globally. Whether it’s the virus itself or protective measures taken by countries, states, local government – and businesses to ensure the health and safety of its population and workforce. As part of the food supply Land O’Lakes, Inc. is deemed an essential service by the Federal Government and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. This episode digs into the challenges, the realities, and shares stories about our front line workers helping to keep the shelves stocked during a pandemic.
Road to 100: Where our cooperative values are rooted
Content recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the 99th time Land O’Lakes, Inc. hosted its Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Farmers from around the country that are part of our cooperative network gathered to talk about the business, gain insight from consumer panels – and find ways to be better farmers for our future, together.
There are roughly 4,000 member-owners part of the Land O’Lakes cooperative. Hear from them directly about what’s important to them on their farms and in their communities – and what drives them to do what they do every day.
Great work Land O’Lakes!