Land O’Lakes, Inc. Donates $500k to Planet Forward

Frank Sesno at the 2015 Planet Forward annual summit. "The idea is to have these compelling communicators and storytellers, and
Frank Sesno at the 2015 Planet Forward annual summit. "The idea is to have these compelling communicators and storytellers, and you can change attitudes, move policy and really have an impact," he said of the program. (GW Today file photo)
Gift will provide operating support to School of Media and Public Affairs program.
April 21, 2016
Land O’Lakes, Inc. is making a $500,000 donation to Planet Forward, the university announced Wednesday.
 
The gift, which will provide general operating support for Planet Forward and its public events over the next three years, is the latest investment in a growing partnership between the nearly 95-year-old food and agricultural cooperative and the School of Media and Public Affairs program.
 
“Planet Forward is a powerful platform for increasing the discussion around the importance of food and agriculture,” said Chris Policinski, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc. “Too much of the dialogue has taken place in silos or has focused on a particular type of agriculture. Planet Forward engages leaders from a variety of perspectives and, importantly, engages our future leaders by deepening their understanding of food and agricultural issues and engaging them in the critical dialogue. The Planet Forward program recognizes that the discussion should not be about good food or bad food; rather all forms of agriculture are necessary to address the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing global population.”
 
Planet Forward was launched in 2009 to promote innovative ideas to address food, water, energy and environmental challenges confronting the planet.