Blog Update
 collaboration
When I received an offer to intern with Land O’Lakes, Inc., I had to stop and do a double take. For a guy who has grown up in the beef world, the idea of a “dairy thing” was a little out of my comfort zone to say the least. I accepted the offer because the program sounded great, but I was unsure of what all of my beef friends would think of me when I accepted a position to intern with “the butter people.” Growing up I had become accustomed to making jokes about dairy cows compared to beef cattle, and in my part of the world the dairy people were the “weird” ones.
Blog Update
 collaboration
When I share with people that I interned with Land O’Lakes this summer, their first comment is always “Oh yeah, the butter company!” While we are “the butter company,” that butter company is one that is a farmer-owned cooperative, which is something I have always found unique.
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