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When she started college, Elizabeth Alonzi never imagined a career in agriculture. Now, having been a Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leader and, years later, in a full-time position with WinField United, it seems as if ag has been a happy landing.
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While she was growing up, Ariel Garsow developed a number of interests by participating in hobbies and extracurricular activities. She especially loved cooking with her grandmother. In high school, she was naturally drawn to science. These interests, combined with her attendance on church mission trips, sparked Ariel’s passion for helping feed the hungry.

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From Land O’Lakes to Around the World and Back Again

Posted by Land O'Lakes, Thu, November 1
When she started college, Elizabeth Alonzi never imagined a career in agriculture. Now, having been a Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Emerging Leader and, years later, in a full-time position with WinField United, it seems as if ag has been a happy landing.

Everyone Is Needed to Help Ensure Food Security

Posted by Land O'Lakes, Mon, September 24
While she was growing up, Ariel Garsow developed a number of interests by participating in hobbies and extracurricular activities. She especially loved cooking with her grandmother. In high school, she was naturally drawn to science. These interests, combined with her attendance on church mission trips, sparked Ariel’s passion for helping feed the hungry.

Using Agriculture to Build Bridges

Posted by Land O'Lakes, Wed, September 19
In her high school advanced placement (AP) biology class, Tara Mittelberg learned about Norman Borlaug, the renowned scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner who devoted his career to battling hunger and poverty across the globe. This sparked her interest in agriculture and prompted her to pursue the opportunity to be an Emerging Leader in the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge during the 2014–2015 academic year.

It’s Not Goodbye; It’s See You Later

Posted by Dane Chapman, Fri, August 10
As I sit down to write this farewell blog, I feel overwhelmed with emotion because of the amazing experiences the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge has given us 10 Emerging Leaders. However, this blog isn’t meant to dwell on our farewell, but rather to highlight the learning experiences we encountered.

Global Food Challenge Launches Career in D.C.

Posted by Land O'Lakes, Tue, July 24
In 2014, Trey Forsyth’s college advisor told him about a new program Land O’Lakes was implementing called the Global Food Challenge. Forsyth’s thoughts immediately turned to butter.

Travel and Transformation: Looking Back on Africa

Posted by Julia Loudenburg, Mon, July 9
Unlike Toto, we didn’t bless the rains in Africa but rather were blessed by them. These blessings came in several forms, from impressing upon us the power of education to igniting our passions, which motivated us all to improve and impact the future.

Emerging Leaders to See Ag in Action in Africa

Posted by Land O'Lakes, Mon, June 4
Saturday, June 16, will mark a life-changing day for the 2018–19 class of Emerging Leaders in the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge program. At that time, the 10-member group of college sophomores will travel to Lilongwe, Malawi, for the first leg of its 10-day trip to Africa. The group will travel to South Africa for the second half of the trip.

Pairing Classroom and Farm Field to Solve Challenges

Posted by Land O'Lakes, Fri, May 25
Katie Enzenauer knew in high school that she wanted to see the world and help people in developing countries overcome challenges such as food insecurity. “When the Global Food Challenge program came along,” she recalls, “I remember thinking it was a perfect fit.”

Newest Crop of Emerging Leaders Prepped and Ready to Go

Posted by Land O'Lakes, Tue, May 22
The 2018–19 class of Emerging Leaders for the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge program has arrived in the Twin Cities to begin its 12-week summer internship experience. The 10-member group will convene at Land O’Lakes corporate headquarters in Arden Hills on May 21.

Seeing the Big Picture

Posted by Land O'Lakes, Thu, May 3
As an agricultural economics major at Purdue University, Jacquelyn Brown was interested in an internship opportunity with an ag-based company. As an Emerging Leader with the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge, she got that and a lot more.