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Growing up on my family’s hobby farm in rural southeast Wisconsin, I developed my passion for agriculture at a young age. My summers were dedicated to prepping show pigs and cattle for our county fair, and the rest of the year I cared for my family’s home-farrowed swine and beef herd. Through long hours of work, often after a tiring sports practice or late at night when I wanted to be doing just about anything else, I gained an appreciation for agriculture and the responsibility farmers have for the people they feed.
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Nestled between the Nsere and Weruweru rivers and on the high mesas surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro lies Two Bridges Farm. Fields sprawl a vast 316 acres, with tall, proud coffee plants swaying in the breeze. As we walked into the main office, we were greeted by the sight of women in bright skirts carrying giant bags of coffee beans on their heads.
About The Program

Living Our Values

“Working for Land O’Lakes – and its vision of feeding the world – has been exciting.”
- Mandi Egeland, University of Minnesota

Land O’Lakes, Inc. was founded by farmers in 1921. And responsible farmers do more than feed people, crops and animals – they help their neighbors, share their knowledge and sustain the land.

Today many of our farmer-owners and food partners have a common purpose: to help farmers grow more food in more sustainable ways. And our commitment to ending global hunger is stronger than ever.

Besides the Global Food Challenge, our employees, our international development work and the contributions of the Land O’Lakes Foundation help us to live our values.

 

Land O’Lakes International Development: Helping fellow farmers around the world

Whether we’re working in rural farms in Africa, Asia or the Middle East, we believe that economic development can replace poverty with prosperity and dependence with self-reliance.

  • Since 1981, Land OLakes International Development has worked closely with smallholder farmers and enterprises in developing countries, offering agricultural training, support and economic education.
  • Employees have participated in 280+ projects in 80 countries; total value: almost $600 million, U.S.
  • We work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help farmers increase the quality and quantity of food they produce, improving the planet’s food security.

 

Land O’Lakes Foundation: Dedicated to hunger, education and community

  • We have donated the equivalent of 4.7 million meals to Feeding America.
  • In 2015, we donated more than $7.6 million to communities where our members and employees live.
  • Specifically, we invested $1.4 million to alleviate hunger, $3.5 million to improve education, and $2.7 million to strengthen communities.

By empowering students with tools to address food insecurity, Land O’Lakes is creating leaders who can influence its industry to feed a growing population with sustainability in mind.

- Erica Timmons, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017