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Beth Ford: What's keeping me up at night

The Wall Street Journal's annual Global Food Forum was an opportunity to explore a complicated and challenging environment -- but one that also holds promise

Beth Ford: What's keeping me up at night

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The Wall Street Journal convened an insightful event yesterday focused on the future of food and agriculture with their annual Global Food Forum. I appreciated the opportunity to share the viewpoints from our organization around the present state of the industry and how we’re working through a complicated and challenging environment that also holds so much promise.

The last question asked during our session was “what’s keeping you up at night?” and I outlined three things that are always top-of-mind for me -- and in turn, for Land O’Lakes, Inc.:

People and safety. Nothing more important; people issues will always be the first and most immediate thing. This includes our employees across the country and across the globe – and our member-owners, farmers, and producers.

Are we moving with speed? Are we innovating and driving insight? It’s a fast-moving marketplace. We must be fearless about innovation but know when to move on when something is not successful.

Enabling the farmer and the dairy producer. I can’t underscore this enough. Ensuring our farm-to-fork organization understands all the variables all the way back to the farm operation to assure profitability for the long-term. The Land O’Lakes, Inc. team has their full attention on this. The most meaningful work of my career is doing everything I can to enable these farmers and growers.

Thanks, Aaron Back, for a great conversation and to executive editor Matt Murray, for convening another great forum.

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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 2017 annual sales of $14 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 216 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 97 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.



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