Land O'Lakes Signs New Agreement with Qwest for Network Services

DENVER, January 12, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that is has expanded its 20-year relationship with Land O?Lakes, Inc. a national supplier of dairy foods and agricultural products, most notably LAND O LAKES® butter. Under a new, multi-year agreement, Qwest will provide Land O?Lakes with a national frame relay network to more than 80 locations around the country, so the company can benefit from secure, reliable data connectivity for their business applications.

Land O?Lakes, an Arden Hills, Minn.-based company, has been using Qwest for local service more than two decades. The Qwest portfolio of services has expanded, giving enterprise business customers, such as Land O?Lakes, the opportunity to take advantage of a wide range of Qwest business-class voice, data and Internet protocol (IP solutions).

?We?re pleased with our experience with Qwest because the account team was focused on giving us the right network services to fit our specific needs. The project implementation process executed well and all services were installed on time. The reliability of the Network and the ability of the account team to get the job done, has confirmed we made the right choice with Qwest,? said Kirk Kluesner, Manager of Network Engineering, Land O?Lakes.

?Qwest is pleased to form this new agreement with Land O?Lakes because it emphasizes how important our long-lasting relationships have been to Qwest as we grow our enterprise business,? said Cliff Holtz, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. ?Using new services such as voice over IP we expect to replicate the success we?ve had with Land O?Lakes with other small, medium and enterprise business customers who?ve worked with Qwest in the past.?

Land O?Lakes, Inc. ( is a national farmer-owned food and agricultural cooperative with annual sales of more than $6 billion. Land O?Lakes does business in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. It is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States; serves its international customers with a variety of food and animal feed ingredients; and provides farmers and ranchers with an extensive line of agricultural supplies (feed, seed, crop nutrients and crop protection products) and services.

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