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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."

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."

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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."

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English


Episodes

The Dairy Equation: A family. A farmer. A cooperative. Celebrating dairy month and the people who bring you the butter.

6/23/2022
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. Get to know some of our Farmers at LandOLakes.com/our-farmers/

Duration:00:25:59

The mom. The Farmer. The advocate; Driving policy change by getting personal.

5/2/2022
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 bridging the gap between the farm and the grocery store. Guests in this episode...

Duration:00:39:57

Rooted In Tomorrow: How a 100 year old cooperative sees it's future.

4/4/2022
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 stories to tell, and we believe a strong enterprise brand can tie...

Duration:00:36:18

Bringing connectivity to every corner and cornfield.

2/28/2022
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 food production, and economic growth. Guests are Frontier Cooperative CEO and farmer,...

Duration:00:35:29

Combating climate change. Creating a sustainable future.

2/2/2022
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. Something Greater has changed its name to Rooted In Tomorrow. The...

Duration:00:40:38

The podcast is back in 2022 with new episodes! Here's what we have in store.

1/10/2022
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. Head to Land O'Lakes, Inc.com for more stories. Something Greater...

Duration:00:01:36

From Farmer to Fork: The family farmers who make your butter and how the cooperative gets it to your dinner table.

12/14/2020
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’Lakes turns it into those iconic products, like our butter,...

Duration:00:29:52

The small town labor shortage: How Land O'Lakes works to introduce new workers to Rural America

11/2/2020
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'Lakes, Inc. works directly with many of its ag business...

Duration:00:31:39

Connecting rural America: An agtech alliance for the future with Land O'Lakes and Microsoft

9/8/2020
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 issues – bridging the digital divide and connecting farmers...

Duration:00:32:47

Opportunity beyond the farm: Putting our Co-op model to work

8/10/2020
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 Suzanne Vold and Josie Peters on how this unique program is...

Duration:00:29:39

An essential service in a time of crisis: COVID-19 and the food supply

6/8/2020
COVID-19 is impacting everyone, globally. Whether it’s the virus itself or protective measures taken by countries, states, local governments – 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 about our front line workers helping to keep the shelves...

Duration:00:32:28

Road to 100: Where our cooperative values are rooted

4/27/2020
Content recorded in person 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 about what’s important to them on their farms and...

Duration:00:07:06

The Struggle: A mental health crisis in rural America

2/24/2020
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 want to help. Land O’Lakes hosted events in rural communities...

Duration:00:34:08

Handshakes over hand outs: Why building sustainable Ag across the globe is good for the American farmer

1/27/2020
Note to our listeners: Something Greater has changed its name to the Rooted In Tomorrow podcast. The name change is effective April 2022. Listeners won't need to resubscribe. 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...

Duration:00:30:18

Holiday Roundup: The soul of our business and the best moments of Something Greater

12/30/2019
Note to our listeners: Something Greater has changed its name to the Rooted In Tomorrow podcast. The name change is effective April 2022. Listeners won't need to resubscribe. 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....

Duration:00:27:16

Meaningful Work: Tackling hunger in the communities we care about

11/25/2019
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. Join host Kim Olson as she welcomes Land O’Lakes, Inc. CEO...

Duration:00:31:51

Disconnected: Disparities between rural and urban broadband internet connection

10/28/2019
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 sits down Chakravarthy Sankaraiah, Director of Big Data...

Duration:00:33:53

Innovation from the ground up: How animal nutrition helps create a healthier food system.

6/24/2019
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 game and farm animals including urban flock. It’s a big year for...

Duration:00:19:17

Cooperative strength: Combining national scale with local community impact

5/28/2019
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 of crops have the best possible outputs; the cooperative is our...

Duration:00:23:23

Sustainability is not a buzzword: How our farmers are working to protect the planet

4/22/2019
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 those barriers. Join host Kim Olson and guest Matt Carstens - the Senior...

Duration:00:22:01