Agricultural cooperative Land O'Lakes, Inc. announced the organization of a new business unit, SUSTAIN, focused on aligning environmental sustainability efforts across the full Land O'Lakes, Inc. enterprise.

“Stewardship of the land, water and air has been a hallmark of our farmers for generations, and we're excited to announce a new step forward to serve our members and customers even better, and ultimately, continue our commitment to preserving our resources,” says Chris Policinski, Land O'Lakes, Inc. president and CEO. “Our business portfolio, which includes Winfield US crop inputs, Purina animal feed and Land O'Lakes foods, gives us a 'farm-to-fork' view of what sustainability truly means for our industry. We believe that view, partnered with the tools and technology we have developed, will help sustainability practices across the value chain of all our businesses and those of our partners in the industry.”

SUSTAIN will focus on helping 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 new division will be led by Matt Carstens, who has moved to Land O'Lakes, Inc. to serve as senior vice president, SUSTAIN, from his position as vice president of Ames, Iowa-based United Suppliers, Inc.