Blog Update
 collaboration
When the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders and their university mentors arrive in Arusha, Tanzania–the first leg on a 10-day visit to Africa–they’ll meet Malcolm Hatley. Malcolm is the director of Operations for the Public-Private Partnership for Artificial Insemination Delivery (PAID) program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development.
Blog Update
 collaboration
On my first Monday morning commute, I experienced an odd mix of emotions when the Land O’Lakes, Inc. headquarters office came into view. My feet were restless as the ability to create change grew more palpable, stimulating excitement painted my smile wide and, although partially due to the promise of a free breakfast, unrelenting nerves made my stomach churn. The first day of an incredibly unique internship experience was finally here.

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Seeing the potential

Posted by Melanie Anderson, Wed, June 14
When the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders and their university mentors arrive in Arusha, Tanzania–the first leg on a 10-day visit to Africa–they’ll meet Malcolm Hatley. Malcolm is the director of Operations for the Public-Private Partnership for Artificial Insemination Delivery (PAID) program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented by Land O’Lakes International Development.

Week one: done–the beginning of an internship of a lifetime

Posted by Peyton Russell, Wed, May 31
On my first Monday morning commute, I experienced an odd mix of emotions when the Land O’Lakes, Inc. headquarters office came into view. My feet were restless as the ability to create change grew more palpable, stimulating excitement painted my smile wide and, although partially due to the promise of a free breakfast, unrelenting nerves made my stomach churn. The first day of an incredibly unique internship experience was finally here.

Rethinking our responsibility: Storytelling and the Planet Forward Summit

Posted by Erica Timmons, Wed, April 19
If I’m honest, the bustling metropolis of Washington D.C. is not a place I once equated with effectively telling the story of sustainable agriculture. When I left the crowded airport to ride a crowded metro to find our hotel on a crowded city street, I thought to myself, “What does this have to do with agriculture?” No farms. No dirt. Definitely no cows.

What if ag is recruiting too late?

Posted by Jessica Wendt, Deanna Zernicke, Mon, March 20
Think back to your grade school days: when someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, was it easy to reply with an answer? Maybe you were considering a career as a firefighter, doctor, nurse, teacher or an astronaut. As you grew up, did those dreams change?

Conversations that span generations

Posted by Travis Troendle , Thu, February 23
I grew up on a farm in Minnesota and now attend Iowa State University majoring in agricultural engineering, so it’s probably not surprising that a question that often crosses my mind is how do we feed the world? It’s a question that we in the agriculture industry often ask, and the more people working to answer it, the closer we’ll be to finding a solution.

Q&A with Rachel Anderson

Posted by Rachel Anderson, Mon, January 30
Tell us about yourself. I grew up as the oldest of four kids in a very rural area just south of La Crosse, Wisconsin–an area that’s home to a good portion of the dairy industry in Wisconsin. I wanted to step outside my small town, so I decided to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where I currently study Mechanical Engineering.

A Yearlong Adventure in Agriculture

Posted by Brandi DeVries, Tue, January 17
Since joining the Land O’Lakes, Inc. team in 2014, I’ve been blown away by the people I’ve met, and the students that I’ve led through the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security fellowship program. You see, my job is to manage the program. From helping to recruit the students in the fall, to what I consider their “graduation” at the end of the summer, I’ve gotten to watch 20 college sophomores transform into 20 agriculture advocates. Year after year, I’m left inspired by these future leaders as they find their passions along the way.

Learning From the Ground Up

Posted by Megan Schnell, Blake Schweiner, and Diana Fu, Mon, August 22
As we are about to wrap up this amazing internship, we would like to touch on our project experience and how it has evolved over the summer. Although it has shifted quite a bit, we are very proud of the final product and hope that Land O'Lakes will utilize it in the future.

Journey to Feedu

Posted by Leah Ellensohn, Katie Enzenauer and Sydney Gray, Mon, August 15
Toward the end of the school year, each team was given a list of possible project ideas. The initial topic that our team chose for our summer project was concerning how the drought in California would affect agriculture.

GFC on Capitol Hill

Posted by Leah Ellensohn, Diana Fu, Sydney Gray, Ayse Muratoglu and Blake Schweiner , Mon, August 8
As Congress headed into a period of recess, the Global Food Challenge team experienced a special time on The Hill.