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This is who we are: Farmer-owned for nearly 100 years

How farmers are defining our co-op, our mission, our purpose

This is who we are: Farmer-owned for nearly 100 years

Farmers have always been at the heart of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

In 1921, 320 dairy farmers met in St. Paul, Minnesota, to form the Minnesota Cooperative Creameries Association. Their idea was simple -- join together to effectively market and distribute members’ dairy production across the country.

From there, Land O'Lakes quickly set its sights on growth. Just eight years after establishing our butter marketing organization, we expanded into the ag services and feed businesses. Today, our four businesses give us a farmer-to-fork view of agriculture.

Central to our success? Our farmers and our member-ownership model. We're always delivering on our responsibility to member-owners through our core values: We're united in a common cause, committed to excellence and inspired by our place in the world.

Nearly 100 years later, farmers are still our foundation.

Read and listen to learn why we stand with farmers:

A View Of Sheds On A Farm With Machinery Nearby

Digesting manure and recycling food waste to keep the family farm running

Here's how technology and sustainability lured the the next generation back to Reinford Farms.
The Dufek Family

Sticking with it

Larry Dufek emerged from personal adversity ready to improve his farm and deepen his relationship with Land O'Lakes.

The Farmer

By Amelia Barr (1831-1919)

The king may rule o’er land and sea,
The lord may live right royally,
The soldier ride in pomp and pride,
The sailor roam o’er ocean wide;
But this or that, whate’er befall,
The farmer he must feed them all.
[Full poem here]

Something Greater podcast bonus episode: Our co-op soul

"Being part of this cooperative has helped me be a better member of our community. So, it’s done something greater for our community. The cooperative system gives members a voice in the direction of the business and believe in the betterment of all members."

The Modern Farmer

"It's not just that farmer they think of when they read their preschool books. I gotta be plumber, I gotta be an electrician, I gotta be a welder, I gotta be a tractor operator. And I have to be in the office to take care of the -ins and -outs of the business. And I need to understand my animals. And the modern dairy farmer can do all that." 

Jim Nash In The Cab Of His Tractor

Farmers find a way

Jim Nash is the lone drifter among 1,600 acres of land he farms in Southern Minnesota. How does he do it? Being on the cutting edge of all things ag tech.

A Windvane On Top Of A Barn

Other reads:

From our CEO Beth Ford: Farmers are in crisis. And America isn’t paying attention

Nebraska farmer to Senate Ag Committee: Climate solutions start on the farm

Land O'Lakes, Inc. announces expansion of its Cooperative Farmer Member Health Plan into Kansas

Farmiles feed America at farms like Jobo Holstein

Have a thought or feeling to share about how food makes it to your table? Or about farming and agriculture in general? Let us know

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About 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 and businesses in agriculture 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.

4001 Lexington Avenue North Arden Hills, MN 55126 | Mailing: P.O. Box 64101 St. Paul, MN 55164-0101 | 651.375.2222