On a recent AgPro podcast, Matt Carstens, Senior Vice President of Land O'Lakes Sustain, gives details on why the cooperative launched a fourth business unit focused on sustainability as well as what’s the scoop on their recent announcement with Tate & Lyle.
“We added Land O’ Lakes Sustain as a fourth business as a signal to our farmers and retailers that this is a topic we believe is important. It bridges the gap between the consumers and the farmers—where it all really starts with stewardship through conservation,” Carstens says.
Land O’ Lakes Sustain was launched three years ago. Since then, the company has forged partnerships with AGCO, Pheasants Forever, and Tate & Lyle—to name a few examples.
“Nearly a year ago, we announced a collaboration with Tate & Lyle on corn production to advance conservation. But this announcement deploys the capability of the Insights engine across 1.5 million acres of US grown corn. That’s equivalent of Tate & Lyle’s global corn purchases,” Carstens says.
Through this partnership, participating corn farmers in the Midwest will receive customized support through their local ag retailer in using the Truterra Insights Engine to implement conservation practices.
As Carstens explains, the Truterra Insights Engines provides for data-driven decisions in balancing the economics and environment in agronomic decisions.
“Almost a year ago, we launched Truterra Insights Engine, the first-of-its-kind digital interactive platform. It enables farmers working with their ag retailer to look at acre by acre, field by field what things they are doing and the balance of economics and the environment,” Carstens says.