Sustain will focus on helping to ensure sustainable crop production 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.
The Sustain business will be led by Matt Carstens, who joins Land O’Lakes to serve as SVP of Sustain. His experience spans retail, wholesale and manufacturing functions in the crop inputs business. He most recently served as VP of Ames, Iowa-based United Suppliers Inc., whose seed and crop protection businesses merged with Land O’Lakes in October. United Suppliers operates today as Winfield US, which is part of Land O’Lakes. A second step will merge United Suppliers’ crop nutrient business with Land O’Lakes in late 2017.
Land O’Lakes also recently entered into a new public-private partnership with the state of Minnesota to protect and improve water quality across the state.