Land O’ Lakes Inc. Issues Drone Challenge

Kelly Marshall

Land O’Lakes, Inc. has issued the Drone Challenge, to urge developers to create solutions for precision agriculture. A $140,000 grand prize will be awarded, along with two $5,000 runner-up awards. “We’re offering the Land O’Lakes Prize to accelerate the development of drones for the ag industry. We believe with a few more years of work and the direction we’re providing, …

Award, Contest, drone, Land O'Lakes

Land O’Lakes Acquires Ceres, Inc.

Kelly Marshall

Land O’Lakes has now completed its acquisition of Ceres, Inc. and will make the company a part of the Forage Genetics International business unit.  The addition will add new plant breeding and biotechnology to the Land O’Lakes R&D pipeline, bringing new traits to market faster.  It also brings the company into a position to provide holistic forage to customers. FGI has …

Agribusiness, Forage, Land O'Lakes

Land O’Lakes Partners to Improve Water Quaility

Kelly Marshall

Governor Mark Dayton and Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Chris Policinski are working together in a new public-private partnership on behalf of water quality in Minnesota.  The innovative project is the first of its kind, partnering the state with Land O’Lakes, as well as local farmers to improve and protect the water on their farms. “I thank Land O’Lakes …

Agribusiness, Land O'Lakes, water, Water Management

CEOs Launch Sustainability & Innovation Council

Taylor Truckey

The heads of several agribusiness companies last week made a new commitment to sustainability. Elanco president Jeff Simmons, Kellogg CEO John Bryant, and Chris Policinski, President and CEO of Land O’ Lakes, joined former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman to discuss what sustainability means to their companies last Thursday and to launch a new council. These companies, along with DuPont Pioneer, …

Dupont Pioneer, Food, Government, Land O'Lakes, sustainability, Video

Land O’Lakes Makes Investment in Africa

Taylor Truckey

Land O’Lakes Inc. has created a partnership with a company from South Africa.  Their new alliance with Villa Crop Protection creates a complimentary portfolio that will allow them to bring productivity-enhancing crop input products and services to their customers.  Land O’Lakes has recently accelerated their growth in global markets and this is their first investment in Africa. Land O’Lakes now …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Land O'Lakes

Agribusiness CEOs Launch Council on Sustainability and Innovation

Taylor Truckey

Leading agribusiness CEOs, with the assistance of the Bipartisan Policy Center, have announced a new joint effort aimed to identify and promote innovative approaches to improving sustainability in agriculture and food production. The CEO Council on Sustainability and Innovation will officially be launched on Thursday, October 29 by leaders of DuPont, Elanco, Kellogg Company, and Land O’ Lakes. Over the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Dupont Pioneer, Land O'Lakes

Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge Fellowship

Taylor Truckey

Land O’Lakes, Inc., created the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security fellowship in 2014 to engage future leaders in the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture in the coming decades. An expected increase in population from 7 to 10 billion by 2050 requires a 70% increase in food production, yet this needs to be accomplished in a sustainable manor. …

Food, Land O'Lakes, sustainability