Land O’Lakes, Inc. honors local farmer Steve Carpenter for sustainability leadership
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Arden Hills, Minn. (December 11, 2017) – Land O’Lakes, Inc. has recognized Steve Carpenter of Red Rock View Farms in Darlington, Wisconsin, with an award for improving conservation and environmental outcomes on farm through his leadership in Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN in 2017.
“Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN is rooted in the idea that meaningful sustainability is farmer-owned and farmer-driven. We are proud to recognize farmers who are on the cutting edge of conservation and sustainability,” said Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. “With their support, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN is creating stronger connections between consumers and those who work hard to feed them, where consumers understand and trust that the food that they’re eating is being grown in a way that’s good for the planet and for the farmer.”
Red Rock View Farms was one of 12 farms honored at the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN Farmer Recognition and Innovation Summit. The three-day event gathered more than 200 farmers from across the United States and Canada with representatives from major retailers, consumer packaged goods companies and environmental groups. They engaged in presentations and panel discussions aimed at educating each other about practical solutions for on-farm sustainability that can meet the needs of all stakeholders from farm to fork.
Established in July 2016, the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN business focuses on helping to ensure sustainable production in agriculture by delivering insights, products and services; enhancing sustainability within the Dairy Foods and Feed businesses; and partnering with other entities, including government, to improve efficiency and collaboration on conservation and sustainability programs.
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN is uniquely positioned to be a convening force for sustainability. The Land O’Lakes network and deep understanding of food and agriculture allow us to meet farmers where they are on their sustainability journey, and provide tools, practices and expertise to advance system-wide sustainability efforts that balance the economic well-being of the family farm and the health of our shared environment. This advantage also allows us to develop the new innovations and big ideas that will take conservation and sustainability into the future.
A successful SUSTAIN means a healthier planet, with dramatic improvements in soil health and water and air quality; healthier rural and farm economies, with more money in the pockets of farmers; and stronger relationships between consumers and those who work hard to feed them.
To read more about Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, visit http://www.sustain.ag.
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 2016 annual sales of $13 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 209 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 95 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.