Rooted In Tomorrow

Rooted In Tomorrow

We're a cooperative rooted in 100-years of forward-thinking. We're a different kind of company, grounded in a common cause ever since our founding in 1921 we have remained a cooperative. Land O'Lakes, Inc. is placing its owners, both farmers and local retailers at the heart of creating a sustainable food future. Join host Kim Olson for stories, interviews, and insight - welcoming new guests on each monthly episode. Production copyright 2022 Land O'Lakes, Inc.Formerly "Something Greater."

Episodes

April 8, 2024 30 mins

Weddings, workshops, quality beef, and pick your own produce. Meet the Wisconsin couple, Derek and Nicole Sippel who are introducing the “Art of Agriculture” to anyone who pays a visit to their Southeastern Wisconsin farm. Did we mention world-class pumpkins grown on their land? In this episode, the Sippels join host Kim Olson on how their farm is being powered by a new generation. 


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This episode highlights the most impactful areas of financial giving the past year and how it’s supporting the communities our cooperative members call home. 

Each year, Land O’Lakes, Inc. donates a portion of its pretax profits to the Land O’Lakes Foundation in addition to investing corporate dollars through community relations. Morgan Kinross Wright joins Kim as guest in this episode. She serves as VP, Community Relation...

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Tyler Ribeiro is a fourth-generation farmer from Tulare, California. He’s amassed nearly 80,000 social media followers sharing life on the farm and daily moments in his rural community. He joins host Kim Olson to talk about the work being done in his community and beyond to break down rural stereotypes and keep small communities vibrant. 

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Consumers generally have positive attitudes about cooperatives. They are less sure about their level of understanding of what one is, how their purchases benefit members, and how an ownership structure is different from other business models. In this episode, Chris Pearson joins host Kim Olson. Pearson is the Vice President Of Crop Nutrition and cooperative alliances for Winfield United. 

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We're rethinking the norms of manufacturing by offering flexible work environments at our facilities. In this episode learn how flexibility supplemental income, and simply choosing your own hours to work can impact consumers, which is better for our cooperative, is making a difference. Guests are Yone Dewberry Chief Supply Chain Officer at Land O'Lakes, Inc, and George Weathermon, a Land O'Lakes flex-worker from St. ...

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A new season of Rooted In Tomorrow kicks off with Alice Crothers. Alice helps run Long Green Farms in Rising Sun, Maryland, with her husband Caleb. Alice was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, and met Caleb in college. The two ditched their lives and jobs in the city and joined Caleb’s family farming operation in 2015. Their conservation and Farmers On The Rise awards have helped make them leaders in agriculture.

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Season three of Rooted In Tomorrow is wrapped up. We'll be back soon with brand new episodes, new guests, and different topics. Check out all our stories from Land O'Lakes, Inc. Be sure to leave us a rating and review for the podcast on Spotify and Apple podcasts. 

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In this episode, we get the inside scoop about the exciting research happening now at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center that’s helping unlock the greatest potential of every animal. Our guest in this episode is Dr. Peter Karnezos. Peter is the Senior Director of feed additive research and innovation for Purina. 

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In this episode hear how an Indiana corn field is being "turned on" with technology technology tools.  24-hour data collection and sampling is helping local farmers act on the future of food and sustainability. 

Guests on this episode are, Ranveer Chandra Chief Technology Officer, Agri-Food at Microsoft. Teddy Bekele, Chief Technology Officer at Land O'Lakes, Inc. Drew Garretson, Chief Marketing Officer at C...

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In this episode Kim welcomes on guest Jack Uldrich. Jack was a guest speaker this year at the Land O'Lakes, Inc. midyear meeting with farmers and members of the cooperative. 

He's a global futurist and keynote speaker that analyzes past industry shifts to help people and companies anticipate major consumer shifts and business trends to stay relevant in the future. 

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The annual Mid-Year meeting at Land O’Lakes brings farmers and thought leaders together to discuss the future and current state of agriculture. In this episode we’re pulling back the curtain on what is typically a closed door discussion. 

Land O’Lakes, Inc. CEO Beth Ford moderates a discussion with three farmers to talk about the importance of telling their stories to consumers, policy makers and community leaders. 

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Sustainable farming practices are essential for modern farmers to adopt on their land. However, changing an on-farm practice can cost a family farm a fortune or, put their crops and profits at risk. Doing the right thing for the environment also means not doing the wrong thing to ensure their family farm survives. 

In this episode, Brett Bruggeman, President of Winfield United joins us to talk about how Land O’Lakes is creating mark...

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In this episode, we break down the challenges facing the dairy industry and the ways Land O’Lakes continues to innovate and adapt to meet the moment on behalf of our farmer-owners.. Our guest for the episode is  Heather Anfang, Senior Vice President of US Dairy Foods at Land O’Lakes, Inc.

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As a farmer-owned cooperative, Land O'Lakes, Inc. Government Relations plays a key role in supporting the food and agriculture industry that thrives in rural communities. 

Part of the work is helping its members and local farmers advocate on their behalf, tell their stories to lawmakers and drive policy change that benefits consumers. It's about increasing access to food, understanding where it comes from, and br...

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In this episode, Land O’Lakes Chief Marketing Officer Heather Malenshek joins us to discuss how we're helping bring to life the stories of our cooperative and position Land O’Lakes Inc. as a powerful enterprise working in service of our farmer and retailer owners.

Today, Land O’Lakes is a diverse agribusiness spanning crop inputs, animal nutrition, food production, and environmental sustainability. That means we have many stori...

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In this episode, we illustrate the often eye-opening issues facing those without
broadband connectivity and the work to get communities better connected.

Bringing every American broadband access is the moonshot challenge of this generation.

It's the focus of our American Connection Project. As we hear from our guests,
connectivity is not a luxury, but a necessity for education, health care, modern f...

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Guests on this episode: Truterra President Jason Weller and Nebraska farmer Lukas Fricke join host Kim Olson.
 
Everywhere you look, organizations are making announcements about carbon markets. While some are talking a big game, Land O’Lakes - through its Truterra business - has been hard at work empowering farmers to not only do the right thing for the environment but generate income for their families and communities. 

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Something Greater is back in 2022 with new episodes and guests! As the world was interrupted by COVID, farmers pressed on, producing food for a world facing countless challenges. This season, Something Greater features the innovators, the forward thinkers, and small-town leaders guiding Land O’Lakes into its second century and taking on some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Join host Kim Olson for monthly episodes.

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Land O’Lakes, Inc. includes 1,711 dairy family farmers. They are the backbone of our farmer-owned cooperative that has expanded to much more than butter in its nearly 100-year history. Before your food winds up on your dinner table, it takes a farmer to fork journey. In this episode, we trace the humble beginnings of that holiday cheese plate and that glass of milk left for Santa. 

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Bringing new workers, new families and new ideas to rural small towns mean that the town, its businesses, and schools can thrive for years to come. But recruiting new workers to those small towns can be a challenge. The talent pool is smaller Vs. large urban areas. The visibility for those jobs may not be as apparent in online job postings. The reality is, more people are moving away from small towns than they are moving in. Land O...

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