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Learn more about ADM's efforts in innovation and sustainability, and our impact in communities around the globe.

Empowering Smallholder Farmers with Locally-Made Technology

Imported threshers are often too costly, large and cumbersome for small farmers, have too high of energy needs or end up in the scrap pile if repair parts cannot be located or fabricated. That’s where our support of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the University of Illinois and the Soybean Innovation Lab comes in. Read more.

Making the “Ultimate Plastic” from a Corn-Based Molecule

You wouldn’t know it from the exterior of the nondescript building at the end of Parkway Drive in Decatur, Illinois, but among the products created inside is an award-winning, headline-grabbing monomer, called furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME). Colleagues work to produce FDME, which is a molecule derived from corn fructose that can help lightweight bottles and enhance their barrier properties, thus extending the shelf-life of products. Read more.

POLY4: A Game-Changing Product

ADM colleagues have been working closely with UK-based fertilizer development company Sirius Minerals. Enter POLY4, a naturally occurring, low chloride, multi-nutrient fertilizer certified for organic use. And it’s being called a “game-changer” for the North American farmer. Read more.