Land O'Lakes, Mars Wrigley Partner on Dairy Farm Emissions Project

Dairy cows waiting to be milked. ( Farm Journal )

Mars Wrigley and Land O’Lakes, Inc. are coming together in a pilot project that aims to move forward on-farm dairy sustainability with the hopes of reducing dairy greenhouse gas emissions.

The food processing company and farmer owned cooperative announced on May 22 that entrepreneurs and companies are open to apply for the review event called Empower Possibilities that will be hosted in August. Participants in the event will hear from dairy and ag tech leaders who will offer input, coaching and advice about their products or services. One participant in the Empower Possibilities event will be eligible for up to $200,000 in funding from Mars Wrigley to support implementation of the solution on a Land O’Lakes member dairy farm.

“Mars understands we have a responsibility and an opportunity to improve our impact on people and the planet, and hosting this event alongside Land O’Lakes is an exciting way to help amplify innovative new solutions that could positively impact our dairy supply chain,” says Ashley Walton, Global Category Director for Dairy, Mars Wrigley. “Mars has prioritized sustainability throughout our supply chain network, including through our Sustainable in a Generation Plan. We believe the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. To reach our ambitious science-based climate goals, we are working collaboratively to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dairy farms.”

Land O’Lakes hosted a similar event last year when California BioEnergy, LLC was selected to aid California dairy-farmer cooperative members in constructing and managing on-farm digesters to produce Renewable Compressed Natural Gas.

“Across the dairy sector, entrepreneurs are developing new tools every day to help dairy farmers in all aspects of stewardship, including achieving reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” says Pete Kappelman, Senior Vice President of Member and Government Relations for Land O’Lakes, Inc. “Dairy farmers are innovative and forward-thinking, and Land O’Lakes is well-positioned to deploy on-farm solutions that can help our dairy-farmer members focus on business results, while also safeguarding natural resources. This pitch event is one more way to amplify emerging tools in our industry.”

Applications for the pitch event are due on June 24 and can filed through this link.