Date: Monday, November 6, 2017
Time: 9:30am to 2:00pm
Land O' Lakes
4001 Lexington Ave N,
Arden Hills, MN 55126
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Welcome and Introductions: Host Rebecca Kenow, Director of Sustainability for Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN® welcomed the committee and Kris Van Amber facilitated introductions and noting the ‘rules of the road’.
Committee members attending were:
Brad Redlin reviewed this meeting’s objectives to learn how Land O’Lakes is encouraging stewardship of Minnesota’s natural resources and brainstorm opportunities for integrating and aligning MAWQCP with private sector sustainability goals and initiatives.
The MAWQCP is on track to reach 500,000 certified acres by the end of 2019. In order to make the statewide target of 1,000,000 MAWQCP-certified acres by the end of 2019, private sector sustainability goals and initiatives will be necessary to certify an additional 500,000 acres by the end of 2019.
MAWQCProgram Update: Brad Redlin and the staff of MAWQCP provided the members with an update on the results of the program, including current status, program operations, assessment process and partners. (Copy of the PPT available upon request, contact firstname.lastname@example.org) The committee responded with a focus on the need to improve the measurement of impacts of MAWQCP.
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN® Presentation: Jason Weller, Director of Sustainability, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN® informed the committee that Land O’ Lakes is a producer owned cooperative with now four divisions; Winfield (ag service, crop input, precision ag); Purina (animal food and nutrition), LOL Dairy Foods and ingredients, and SUSTAIN® . There are 3500 producer members, representing dairies and ag crop production and 800 Retail coops.
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN® provides members with:
Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN® goal is to have 20 million acres in LOL Sustain Conservation Agronomy by 2025; 100% of dairy producers assessed by 2025 (currently at 40%). This work can determine the levers that can quantify economic benefit for landowner and the food chain.
Following lunch, the committee discussed several opportunities that advisory members organizations can do to increase the number of certified acres through private sector sustainability goals and initiatives. Discussion topics included:
A summary of the discussion will be assembled by staff and made available to committee members at the next advisory meeting held in early 2018.
Meeting ended at 2:00 PM