Ag Valley Co-op Offers Free Wi-Fi Access in Several Communities to Help Bridge Telehealth and Educational Digital Divide During COVID-19

Ag Valley Co-op Offers Free Wi-Fi Access in Several Communities to Help Bridge Telehealth and Educational Digital Divide During COVID-19

 Ag Valley Co-op Offers Free Wi-Fi Access in Several Communities to Help Bridge Telehealth and Educational Digital Divide During COVID-19

As part of a broader initiative by farmer-owned co-op Land O’Lakes, Inc., Ag Valley Co-op is providing free internet access to our community, while upholding social distancing measures

Edison, NE (April 28, 2020) – As the coronavirus pandemic has created an unparalleled and sudden shift to virtual working and learning, people in rural areas now more than ever are feeling the impacts of limited or unreliable internet connectivity. To help neighbors communicate with friends and relatives, keep up with schoolwork, and take part in other activities that are now done almost entirely online, Ag Valley Co-op is making guest Wi-Fi access available in the parking lot of its Edison, Ampride and Arapahoe locations to area residents. This initiative is part of a larger effort by Land O’Lakes, Inc., a member-owned co-op with deep roots across rural America, of which Ag Valley Co-op is a member.

“As millions of Americans shift to work and school from home and increasingly look to telehealth for critical healthcare services, the urgent need for internet connectivity in rural America has never been so dire,” said Beth Ford, president & CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc. “Today, we are proud to take the step along with many partners to bridge the gap and provide this critical service to these communities during this crisis. But our efforts now are only a short-term solution for a much bigger problem that people in our rural communities face even when we are not experiencing a viral pandemic. As a member-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes believes that we are all stronger together, and we are incredibly appreciative of the generosity of our retail-owners during this trying time.”

“Aligning with the seventh cooperative principle, Concern for Community, Ag Valley Co-op is here to help and support our communities by providing access to free public WIFI,” said Jeff Krejdl, general manager and CEO of Ag Valley Co-op. “While we all navigate these challenges, please remember that you are part of a cooperative system that was designed and built to help you get through times like these. We are here building tomorrow together.”

Members of the community can access Wi-Fi from their cars anytime. Ag Valley Co-op has designated a portion of its parking lot for Wi-Fi users, which will allow us to provide services to customers, who are also following social distancing guidelines, without interruption. To maintain social distancing, guests are asked to stay in their own cars while using this service. Maps indicating where to park can be found on the homepage at  To join our network, select AgValleyFree. There is no password required.



During this unprecedented time, Land O’Lakes is deploying the power of its co-op to make a difference in local communities. As such, this program is part of a broader effort Land O’Lakes is deploying at its facilities across America’s heartland. Ag Valley Co-op is part of the Land O’Lakes ag retailer network and is volunteering to take part in this program. While this is a short-term solution, Land O’Lakes is continuing to advocate for broadband infrastructure investment in rural areas across the country at both the state and federal level to ensure the long-term vitality of rural America.

Ford continued, “If there were a time to band together with and for our rural neighbors – many of whom are critical to feeding our nation – now is that time. I’d encourage businesses with footprints in rural communities to join us in this small action to connect our rural communities; and I strongly urge state and federal policy makers to join us in fixing the problem by closing the digital divide in rural America.”

Please contact your health insurance first to inquire about telehealth options they provide and the potential costs. If you are uninsured, here is a link to telehealth resources that may be available to you on a fee for service basis:

About Ag Valley Co-op

Ag Valley is a member-owned agricultural cooperative established in 1953 that serves communities in west/southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas. Patrons count on Ag Valley to help them manage risk, process and market grain, buy feed and fuel and access the latest agronomy services. Members are also eligible for significant discounts on fleet vehicles. For more information, visit


About Land O’Lakes, Inc.  
Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2019 annual sales of $14 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 212 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 99 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands and businesses in agriculture and food production including Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Truterra, LLC. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

Pacha Soap Company is part of the Whole Foods Beauty Launch Campaign

Pacha Soap Company is part of the Whole Foods Beauty Launch Campaign

Pacha Soap Company is part of the Whole Foods Beauty Launch Campaign!

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In celebration of Beauty Week 2019, Whole Foods Market’s global beauty buyers and experts have unveiled their inaugural list of top beauty and wellness trends for the year: Superfoods for beauty, beauty-oriented supplements, vegan cosmetics, sleep supporters and microbiome-friendly beauty products are stealing the spotlight in 2019.

Beauty enthusiasts are encouraged to try the trends during Whole Foods Market’s annual Beauty Week celebration. From Wednesday, March 27 to Tuesday, April 2, the national grocer will offer its entire wide selection of makeup, facial care, hair care, nail polish, perfume and makeup brushes at 25 percent off, with an additional 10 percent off for Prime members. Find out more Whole Foods Deals.

Whole Foods Market’s top beauty and wellness trend predictions for 2019:

Sleep Supporters

The term “beauty sleep” isn’t a new idea, but in 2019, consumers are approaching it in a more holistic way. Nighttime rituals are gaining popularity in homes (and being widely shared on Instagram) whether it’s making a soothing beverage, taking a bath or relaxing with a face mask at the end of the day. With an array of products from aromatherapy essential oil blends and diffusers to bath bombs and sleep-supporting supplements, there are more ways than ever to create a personalized evening beauty routine geared toward the best rest.

Warming beverages like #moonmilk and golden milk incorporate adaptogens that have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines to support sleep and decrease the effects of stress. Pacha Soap has launched a Sleep Salt Block made with valerian root powder, passion flower powder, lavender and shea butter; and Emerald Health Bioceuticals’ innovative line of supplements includes products Sleep, Calm, and Bliss. Our experts are also looking forward to the reimagining of classic nighttime beauty routines with new products like Acure’s Radically Rejuvenating Whipped Night Cream, Derma E Vitamin C Intense Night Cream and Evanhealy Blue Cactus Beauty Balm, all launching in June!

Try the trend: Everyone Sleep Roll-On Aromatherapy; Whole Foods Market Cotton Cupra Hydrating Coconut Face Mask; Whole Foods Market Sleep Support Liquid Capsules; Pacha Soap Co. Sleep Bath Salt Block; Emerald Health Bioceuticals EndoSleep Supplement; Whole Foods Market Frankincense Essential Oil

Pacha Soap Company

They create engaging bath products that change lives. Their products are made from premium, all natural ingredients. Your Pacha Soap purchases help fuel clean water initiatives. Click Here to learn more about Pacha Soap Company

Microbiome-Friendly Beauty

While shelf-stable probiotics made Whole Foods Market’s 2019 Top 10 Food Trends list for adding new strains of probiotics into foods, topical beauty brands are attempting to leave “good” existing bacteria on skin with new prebiotic and microbiome-friendly products. Mother Dirt’s “biome-friendly” Moisturizer contains less than 10 plant-based ingredients and has been carefully tested in an effort not to impact the delicate good bacteria that can help skin look and feel good. Our buyers are expecting to see even more brands experimenting with pre- and probiotic-based ingredients in topical, shelf-stable products like sunscreen and moisturizers throughout the next year.

Try the trend: Mother Dirt Moisturizer (available in June); Pacifica Coconut Probiotic Mineral Sunscreen Spray SPF 30; Derma E Probiotics & Rooibos Vitamin C Intense Night Cream

Whole Foods Market proudly bans more than 100 ingredients found in conventional body care products, including phthalates, microbeads, triclosan, BHT, BHA and aluminum chlorohydrate. Whole Foods Market created its own standards for organic labeling on personal care products, as there are no mandatory government standards for “organic” claims in the body care industry.

Find out more about beauty standards at Whole Foods Market here.

About Whole Foods Market

For 39 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market has more than 490 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. To learn more about Whole Foods Market, please visit


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