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Purdue Agricultural Economics hosts Q&A with Land O’Lakes Inc. leader
Start Date: 9/17/2019Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 9/17/2019End Time: 10:30 AM

Event Description:
Purdue Agricultural Economics hosts Q&A with Land O’Lakes Inc. leader

Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics announced that Beth Ford, president and CEO of Land O’Lakes Inc., will take part in an interview-style Q&A session, “A Conversation with Beth Ford,” Tuesday, September 17 in Fowler Hall. Inclement weather caused this event to be rescheduled from last spring. Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics, will lead the discussion. Ford assumed the role of president and CEO in August 2018. She previously held positions as the COO of Land O’Lakes Businesses, in which she oversaw Land O’Lakes’ WinField United, Purina Animal Nutrition and Dairy Foods business units, and as the head of Land O’Lakes’ Dairy Foods and Purina Animal Nutrition businesses, where she led record performance and growth, leveraging innovation through research and development to strengthen both brands. The company recently provided funding to the Land O’Lakes Inc. Center for Experiential Learning and the Purina Pavilion, part of the Russell Creighton Hall of Animal Sciences on Purdue’s campus. The event will focus on how Land O’Lakes positions itself within the value chain of agriculture to create a more sustainable planet while also maintaining and improving efficiency. Additionally, Lusk will ask questions relevant to artificial intelligence (supply chain management, value chains, big data, automation, food safety) and sustainability (growing populations, climate change, food security). Faculty, staff and students from the Department of Agricultural Economics submitted questions for Ford ahead of the event. Time will be also be set aside for audience questions. The event takes place at 9:00 a.m. September 17 in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. The event is free and open to the public. This Giant Leaps Series event is one of many celebrating Purdue’s Sesquicentennial, 150 Years of Giant Leaps. The yearlong celebration is highlighting Purdue’s remarkable history of giant leaps, while focusing on what giant leaps Purdue can take to address the world’s problems. Ford joins a list of top professionals in agricultural business and economics invited to present to staff, students and other guests.

This lecture will be the kick-off to the Department of Agricultural Economics’ centenary celebration. For more information about the event, contact Tracy Buck at or 765-494-4191. 
Location Information:
-Fowler Hall in Stewart Center
Contact Information:
Name: Tracy Buck
Phone: 765-494-4191
Beth Ford Lecture
Additional Information
When: Sept. 17
Time: 9:00-10:30 am
Where: Stewart Center, Fowler Hall

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