Though processing is the heart of our operations, the uniqueness of ADM’s business model lies in fact that we’re able to add value at nearly every stage of the agricultural processing value chain.
We first source crops from major growing regions, then deliver them to various processing operations via one of the world’s largest agricultural transportation and storage networks, which is composed of approximately 1,300 trailers, 2,600 barges and 28,100 railcars.
Along the way, crops are often housed temporarily in ADM storage facilities. In the United States, ADM operates more than 220 grain elevators with an aggregate storage capacity of more than 13 million metric tons. These facilities are located in most of the nation’s major grain producing states: Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Finally, we again draw upon our transportation assets to deliver finished products to customers, whom we also assist with sales, marketing and new-product development.Source: 2014 ADM 10-K