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Since the Global Food Challenge program was launched in 2014, 31 students have walked through the doors of Land O’Lakes as sophomores curious about what the future will hold. It’s a similar and familiar feeling we’ve all had, whether it be your first day at school or your first day on a new job.
Blog Update
I drink skim milk, occasionally pay $5 for a specialty cup of coffee and am a loyal consumer of organic vanilla bean granola. Growing up in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, the only time I stepped foot on a farm was to get lost in a corn maze.
About The Program

Professors and Mentors

“Every participant will leave the program with a new and expanded appreciation of agriculture, and awareness of the incredible career opportunities to impact the world.” - John Lumkes, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Academic mentors who take part in this purposeful program find it nearly as transformative as it is for the students. They:

  • Play a pivotal role in developing students’ understanding of food security and hunger issues;
  • Connect students with experts in related fields at their institution;
  • Support students’ research and development of challenge assignments throughout the school year; and
  • Accompany students on a trip to Land OLakes International Development locations in Africa in June.


I'm hoping I’m able to bring a diverse perspective to the Land O'Lakes team and identify possible methods to innovate the Ag industry so that it can become more efficient.

- Alexander Fried, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017