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Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN, Tate & Lyle Collaborate to Sustainably Source Corn

While many may associate the Land O’Lakes name with butter, this Fortune 500 company is so much more. As one of the nation’s largest farmer-owned cooperatives, it has the unique ability to be involved in every step of the food value chain to create a more sustainable system. 

Under its SUSTAIN network, the company is bringing together the best in ag technology and on-farm business management to drive sustainability across the entire food value chain.

It’s introduction of the Truterra Insights Engine earlier this year is clear evidence of that. This interactive digital platform, along with other services and tools under the new Truterra suite of offerings, will help farmers advance their stewardship goals and their return on investment acre by acre in real time. It will also help food companies measure sustainability progress.

A collaboration between Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and Tate & Lyle, a global ingredient supplier, will leverage the digital platform to advance conservation practice on farms in the Midwest. As a notable buyer of U.S. corn, the partnership will enable Tate & Lyle to help corn farmers target and measure the impact of their environmental stewardship efforts using the latest technology.

“This collaboration bolsters Tate & Lyle’s efforts to increase sustainability throughout the value chain, using the industry-leading Truterra Insights Engine,” says Matt Carstens, senior vice president of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. “Our on-farm conservation practices and technology support a two-pronged approach to sustainability: helping protect natural resources while improving farmer livelihoods. Consumers care deeply about how their food is produced. Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN can aid in implementing specific conservation practices to achieve broader sustainability goals for food companies like Tate & Lyle – and help them demonstrate the results in clear terms.”

“At Tate & Lyle, we recognize our responsibilities when it comes to environmental stewardship, and, with this partnership, we are strengthening the sustainability of our agricultural supply chain,” says Jim Stutelberg, president primary products at Tate & Lyle. “By utilizing the expertise and network of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and employing the Truterra Insights Engine, we can build on the great work farmers are already doing to care for the air, land, and water and to partner and provide greater visibility to drive sustainability in our business.”

In the Midwest, farmers will be supported through Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN ag retailer network, which includes Ceres Solutions, The Equity, and Premier Ag.

“True sustainability starts on the farm,” says Betsy Bower agronomist at Ceres Solutions, a leading agricultural retailer in Indiana. “In order to deliver large-scale corporate sustainability commitments, we need to work with farmers on every acre in a way that works for them and their business. Utilizing the Truterra Insights Engine through partnerships like this one make scalable impact possible. Together, we continuously adapt to improve the delicate balance between productivity, profit, and preservation.”

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