ARDEN HILLS, MINN. -- Land O’Lakes, Inc. is proud to announce its 2020 Emerging Leaders as part of the Fortune 200 cooperative’s efforts to invest in the leaders of tomorrow to identify innovative and practical ways to help revolutionize the agriculture industry.
The six leaders, college sophomores from five partner universities, were selected from a competitive field of candidates for the sixth class of the Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders for Food Security® Program. They will be paired with mentors from Land O’Lakes, Inc. to solve issues across intersections of agriculture, food and technology. The Emerging Leaders come from both rural and urban backgrounds and are pursuing degrees in fields from animal science, economics and supply chain management, biological engineering, food science and more.
Land O’Lakes, Inc., a farmer-owned cooperative, created the Global Food Challenge program in 2014 to engage future leaders in the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture in the future. The program has immersed 47 students in the company’s farm-to-fork operations.
"The Global Food Challenge is about connecting the brightest young minds to the agriculture industry. Agriculture is a tech industry and we need a diverse next generation to continue bridging the urban and rural divide," says Morgan Kinross-Wright, VP Community Relations & executive director of the Land O’Lakes Foundation. "We’re involving these ambitious students in one-of-a-kind opportunities that will serve them for the rest of their professional careers.”
Over the course of the summer of 2020, the six Global Food Challenge Emerging Leaders will be engaged with mentors at Land O’Lakes headquarters in Minneapolis to develop business projects with Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United, Dairy Foods and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. Students will also travel to key locations including member cooperative and farm locations, international business Villa Crop Protection in South Africa and Land O’Lakes Venture37 projects in East Africa.
For the program’s sixth year, the 2020 Emerging Leaders for Food Security are:
- Alexander Hall, attending Alabama A&M University, majoring in food science
- Brooke Beinhart, attending Iowa State University, majoring in agricultural business and agronomy
- Emma Nelson, attending University of Minnesota, majoring in animal science and agricultural communication and marketing
- Katie Krick, attending Purdue University, majoring in food & biological process engineering with a minor in animal sciences
- Rachel Grober, attending Iowa State University, majoring in agricultural business, economics, and supply chain management
- Scuyler Zenger, attending Kansas State University, majoring in food science and industry and global food systems leadership
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