Matt Carstens will lead Land O'Lakes' new sustain division as senior vice president. 

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Land O’Lakes, Inc. has launched its new business unit, called SUSTAIN, which is designed to focus on the company’s overall sustainability efforts. The business will be led by Matt Carstens, who recently joined the company as senior vice president

Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O'Lakes 

“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,” said 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.”

The SUSTAIN business unit has three primary objectives:

• To ensure sustainable crop production by delivering insights, products and services;

• To enhance sustainability within the Dairy Foods and Feed businesses;

• To partner with other entities, including government, to improve efficiency and collaboration on conservation and sustainability programs.

Carstens joins Land O’Lakes from Ames, Iowa-based United Suppliers, Inc. where he was vice president. One of Carstens’ primary responsibilities at United Suppliers was to develop the company’s sustainability business. United Suppliers’ seed and crop protection businesses merged with Land O’Lakes in October 2015, and operates today as Winfield US. United Suppliers’ crop nutrient business will merge with Land O’Lakes in late 2017.

Land O’Lakes recently announced a new public-private partnership with the state of Minnesota to protect and improve water quality across the state.