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Land O’Lakes Sustain Acquires Agren

Company officials say Agren tools will provide farmers with a soil health platform.

Land O’Lakes, Inc. has acquired substantially all assets of Agren, Inc., an Iowa-based software company that markets soil health and conservation planning software. The Agren business and tools will be operated by the Land O'Lakes Sustain division. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Land O’Lakes has held minority equity in Agren since 2016, teaming with the company to offer precision conservation software for farmers. These tools, delivered through the SoilVantage platform, will provide farmers and agricultural retailers with a soil health platform from Land O’Lakes.

“This acquisition bolsters our goal at Land O’Lakes Sustain to be industry leaders in conservation stewardship and sustainability, helping ensure Land O’Lakes and the farmers we serve can lead the way on stewardship using the latest technology in our industry,” said Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes Sustain, in a company news release. “By strategically designing conservation practices and visualizing results using these innovative tools, retailers and farmers can maximize conservation benefits while keeping productive land in farming.” 

Carstens says the tools complement existing capabilities offered by Land O’Lakes Sustain and WinField United and will help growers and dairy farmers safeguard water quality, reduce erosion, and improve soil health.

Since 2016, the software has played a key role in the Land O’Lakes Sustain suite of tools to help farmers install sustainability practices customized to each operation’s unique landscape and needs. Last year, BufferBuilder was approved by the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources as an alternative practice option under Minnesota's waterway buffer law.

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