ARDEN HILLS, Minn., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Land O'Lakes, Inc. today announced third quarter financial results, reporting quarterly net earnings of $8 million on sales of $2.8 billion for the period ending September 30, 2016. Year-to-date net sales totaled just under $10 billion with net earnings of $246 million, 31 percent above year-to-date results for the same period in 2015. "Despite a continued challenging environment, our core businesses exceeded expectations by delivering strong year-over-year growth and performance," stated Chris Policinski, Land O'Lakes, Inc. president and CEO. "Our farmer-owned business has a unique perspective on the entire food chain, from farm to fork. This view, coupled with a strong balance sheet, enabled our current business units to thrive despite a tough landscape, and prompted the creation of our new sustainability business unit. Now, more than ever, we can deliver meaningful products and sustainability solutions for the farmer, customers, consumers and partners." During the third quarter, Land O'Lakes, Inc. announced the formation of a new business unit Land O'Lakes SUSTAIN. SUSTAIN will focus on helping to ensure sustainable crop production by delivering insights, products and services, enhancing sustainability within the Dairy Foods and Feed businesses and partnering with other entities (including government) to improve efficiency and collaboration on conservation and sustainability programs. The Animal Feed portfolio continued its strong performance during 2016, particularly within Nutra Blend, Milk Replacer and the Lifestyle segment, driven by strong margins and growth in most business segments. Third quarter results for Dairy Foods, including the LAND O LAKES brand, benefitted from continued strong volumes in Foodservice. Overall performance was up year-over-year due in part to less volatile milk powder markets.