Something Greater

Something Greater

Connection to the Land O’Lakes, Inc. co-op means being part of something bigger than yourself. Land O'Lakes, Inc. a cooperative, is placing its owners, both farmers and local retailers at the heart of creating a sustainable food future. We're a different kind of company united in a common cause. Join host Kim Olson for stories, interviews, and insight - welcoming new guests on each monthly episode. Production copyright 2021 Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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January 10, 2022 1 min

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. 

The families who produce your food and how Land O’...

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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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Agriculture is more high tech than ever before. From artificial intelligence to cloud computing technologies, there is so much innovation out there to support farmers in their efforts to be both profitable and sustainable. In order to leverage agtech to its full potential and feed the world’s growing population, expanding rural broadband connectivity is crucial. Land O’Lakes is working with Microsoft on all of these intersecting is...

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As a farmer-owned cooperative Land O’Lakes has a vast network of farmers and families whose professional skillset exceeds farm work. In a challenging farm economy, Land O’Lakes launched its ‘Supplemental Work Program’ where our farmers or their families who may have IT, accounting – or other business-related skills can be hired as part-time workers in their knowledgeable field. Join host Kim Olson and Land O’Lakes Farmer-Owners Suz...

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COVID-19 is impacting everyone, globally. Whether it’s the virus itself or protective measures taken by countries, states, local government – and businesses to ensure the health and safety of its population and workforce. As part of the food supply Land O’Lakes, Inc. is deemed an essential service by the Federal Government and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. This episode digs into the challenges, the realities, and shares stories ab...

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Content recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the 99th time Land O’Lakes, Inc. hosted its Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. Farmers from around the country that are part of our cooperative network gathered to talk about the business, gain insight from consumer panels – and find ways to be better farmers for our future, together. 

There are roughly 4,000 member-owners part of the Land O’Lakes cooperative. Hear from them directly abo...

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The challenging farm economy can bring uncertainty, stress, and anxiety. This can lead to negative effects on health --, particularly mental health. While often seen as taboo, having help and support for people experiencing mental health struggles is critical. 

Advocating for farmers and supporting them is part of the Land O’Lakes, Inc. DNA. This is an episode for farmers and anyone who might want to seek help or know someone they w...

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Building well-connected, strong agricultural markets around the world are critical for global food security and creating strong economies. Land O’Lakes Venture37 does just that – and as a cooperative, Land O'Lakes, Inc. Is all about farmers helping farmers - wherever they are. Its work is in the name, 37 is the percentage of our Earth’s land where farmers grow their crops and raise livestock.?

The venture? Working across contine...

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It’s been a little more than a year since Land O’Lakes, Inc. launched Something Greater. We’ve had several guests from inside and outside the company talking about our mission of Feeding Human Progress – from policy, to crop management, sustainable farming and getting communities connected via high-speed internet. During the holidays we’re giving thanks to the farmers and families out there who make our mission possible by being a ...

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Three-quarters of counties with the highest rates of food insecurity exist in rural areas – and yet these small farming communities produce much of the food for the nation. The challenges of feeding a rural population are unique from that in an urban setting. Land O’Lakes, Inc. along with its partners, Feeding America and Second Harvest Heartland are doing the work in supporting rural communities and providing food to those in need...

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About a quarter of Americans in rural areas believe high-speed internet and the lack thereof, is a major problem. Access to rural broadband disproportionally affects those in rural areas – and having that access is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity for work and overall quality of life. Land O’Lakes, Inc. is working with its cooperative members, internet providers and stakeholders to bridge the gap. In this episode host Kim Olson...

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Innovation isn't something reserved for the big tech companies of the world - Purina Animal Nutrition innovates every day. Many times those innovations happen at the microscopic level and might get overlooked. They can have big impacts on animal health, the environment and farming practices.

Purina Animal Nutrition is one of the four business units at Land O'Lakes, Inc. which creates animal nutrition solutions, for mainly ga...

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Being a cooperative – Land O’Lakes has unique competitive advantages in creating and distributing products in agriculture. With a 100 year old "Reverse Ownership" model, retail owns Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Farmers still make decisions about the direction of the company – and hold leadership accountable. That model also presents a unique advantage. In our Winfield United business – a company that makes sure millions of acres o...

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As a cooperative, Land O’Lakes, Inc. is a leading conservation solutions provider. We created SUSTAIN in 2016 which is a division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. that focuses solely on renewable and sustainable farming methods. 

What sustainability looks like - especially in agriculture isn't always clear. A challenge, is also measuring the positive impact of sustainable practices. Land O'Lakes, Inc. and SUSTAIN are breaking down thos...

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The 98th Annual Meeting of the members of Land O’Lakes, Inc. is an opportunity to meet with fellow farmers from across the country, see new Land O’Lakes products made from their milk and hear directly from business leaders. It's also a chance to see what other parts of the Land O'Lakes, Inc. business are doing on their behalf.

As a farmer owned cooperative - it’s important we celebrate our members and recognize the challenge...

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Land O'Lakes, Inc. is innovating with technology to help farmers do more with less. We are a data driven and insights backed agriculture company that is using things like - voice technology, satellite imaging and tools to show farmers how sustainable their on farm practices are. Teddy Bekele our Chief Technology Officer shares insights about our new agtech tools, how we're driving towards the future - as well as his persona...

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Marketing was one of our founding principles when we began in 1921. Our new Dairy Foods campaign kicked off this fall; All Together Better with the rewriting of one of the most iconic songs in farming - Old McDonald. From E-I-O to She-I-O we wanted to pay tribute to the nearly one million women in farming according to the USDA.?

Everyone contributes to what makes Land O’Lakes a leader in food and agriculture. We believe that by work...

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Pete Kappelman is a fourth generation Wisconsin dairy farmer who was named 2018 Dairyman of The Year at The World Dairy Expo, crediting his success to never thinking you have all the answers.. Pete is also retiring after 15 years as the Land O'Lakes, Inc. Chairman of the board; a governing group made entirely of farmers. Pete has set an example not just in the Land O'Lakes, Inc. organization but in agriculture as a farmer w...

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December 17, 2018 25 min

During an uncertain time for agriculture, public policy matters more than ever. Land O'Lakes, Inc. is on the front lines educating lawmakers and advocating for our members while supporting the food and agriculture industry. 


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