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Decatur Research Center Employees

ADM is pleased to recognize our team of employees at the James R. Randall Research Center (JRRRC) who share their time and talents with area youth as part of the Big Brother Big Sisters Lunch Buddy Program. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters, ADM employees volunteer to spend one lunch hour each week tutoring a student for the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT). Brush College Elementary is a neighbor to JRRRC, which allows volunteers to walk right next door for their lunchtime visits.

ADM employees help their buddies study for the ISATs, complete homework, offer encouragement and serve as role models. Teachers report that their students come back from their lunch buddy visits with confident smiles — ready to learn and ready to succeed.

“It’s gratifying that something as simple as sharing lunch with my buddy can have such an impact,” said JRRRC employee Diane Swisher. “It feels good to know that I’m making a difference in her life. And I’m even learning the math basics in a whole new way!”

ADM thanks our employees for volunteering their time to help educate and encourage our community’s youth.


Decatur has been home to the ADM Corporate Headquarters since 1969. Within the community, ADM has over 50 locations and employs over 4,600 people. ADM operates the world’s largest corn processing plant in Decatur, which produces an array of products including corn oil, corn gluten feed and meal and a number of corn-based sweeteners. The Decatur soybean plant produces soy-based products ranging from soy flour and grits, soy proteins and isoflavones. At the JRRRC, scientists develop new products and processes based on some of ADM’s core raw materials – corn, oilseeds and wheat. They continually look for new break-throughs in food, feed, biofuels and industrial products by using innovative techniques and state-of-the-art instruments. 
Every day, the 27,000 people of Archer Daniels Midland Company turn crops into renewable products that meet the demands of a growing world. At more than 240 processing plants, we convert corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. We operate the world’s premier crop origination and transportation network, connecting crops and markets in more than 60 countries. 

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