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Land O'Lakes applauds new clean energy partnership between Chevron, CalBio, California dairy farmers

Announcement builds momentum for farmer-led efforts to create clean, renewable energy

Land O'Lakes applauds new clean energy partnership between Chevron, CalBio, California dairy farmers


ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN today hailed a recent partnership announced between Chevron, California BioEnergy (CalBio) and California dairy farmers to deploy digesters on dairy farms to create renewable compressed natural gas (R-CNG), a clean vehicle fuel. Under the partnership, Chevron funding will bolster R-CNG infrastructure investments while helping bring the fuel to market in California.

“This announcement is a major step forward for an exciting clean energy solution in California that starts on the farm, led by California dairy farmers,” said Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. “As part of one of America’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN knows the power of farmer-led innovation and the power of partnership. With the right support and collaboration, including through this partnership between Chevron and CalBio, there is incredible potential for farmers to create renewable fuel on the farm, help proactively meet new regulation, and unlock a potential new income source.”

The news builds on a year of collaboration between Land O’Lakes and CalBio under a new effort announced in June 2018 to help farmers overcome barriers to adoption of digesters. CalBio has worked with Land O’Lakes members in California to provide expertise to help install and manage the technology, and Land O’Lakes has supported its members with strategies for deployment -- including opportunities to finance projects using cooperative equity through the SUSTAIN Innovation Financing program.

The project aims to unlock new income streams for farmers by marketing R-CNG for use as a vehicle fuel in California -- a key element of the Chevron announcement. It also aims to help farmers meet California state regulations calling for a 40% reduction in manure-related methane emissions from 2013 levels by 2030. In fact, the project has seen support directly from the State of California. In December 2018, a state grant totaling more than $90 million was awarded to CalBio to help expand interconnection pipeline needed for the project.

Carstens said the Chevron-CalBio partnership announcement marks another key momentum boost for the effort, almost exactly a year after Land O’Lakes and CalBio set out to help farmers install and operate digesters in California.

“Last week’s announcement amplifies what we’ve seen from the very beginning: outstanding collaboration from the private and public sectors, and truly world-class leadership from innovative California farmers,” he said.

Media Contact:Chuck Lippstreu,

Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2018 annual sales of $15 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 212 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 98 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField® United and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

About Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN is a leading stewardship solutions provider, advancing and connecting stewardship efforts throughout the food system with scale -- from farmers to ag retailers to partners like food companies. Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN positions farmers for success by providing them tools and resources to track progress on every acre they farm. Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN’s network brings together the best in agricultural technology and on-farm business management to drive sustainability across the food system, feeding people, helping farmers safeguard natural resources, and supporting farmer livelihoods. Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN was launched in 2016 by Land O’Lakes, Inc., a member-owned cooperative that spans the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. For more information on Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, visit  

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