Archer Daniels Midland


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Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is one of the world’s leading food-processing and commodities-trading companies. Based in Chicago, Ill., the agribusiness was founded in 1902 and currently employs more than 33,000 workers in more than 140 countries.

ADM’s main business operations focus on oilseeds processing, corn processing, agricultural services and specialty ingredients. Its products affect everything from what consumers put in their gas tanks to what sweeteners go into their beverages.

In addition to its vast network of facilities, ADM also oversees a large transportation system that includes tens of thousands of barges, rail cars, trucks, trailers and a few dozen oceangoing vessels.

For more background on ADM, also see: ADM fact sheet | Corporate profile



Key financial highlights

2014 net income: $2.25 billion

2014 total revenue: $81.2 billion

2013 net income: $1.35 billion

2013 total revenue: $89.8 billion

Data source: SEC.gov


Big Ag Watch related content

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Lobbying activity

2015 lobbying expenditures: $1.35 million

2015 lobbying interests included:

Matters related to supporting agriculture: implementation of the Farm Bill, crop insurance, trade matters surrounding bio-technology, trait approvals, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), and support of biofuels

Matters relating to supporting renewable energy: Legislative and regulatory issues including Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Biodiesel tax credit, and Renewable Volumetric Obligations (RVOs)

Matters relating to agricultural trade including: Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), Anti-dumping and Countervailing duty petitions filed against Mexican sugar, trading issues surrounding approval of biotechnology traits

Matters relating to climate change and sustainability including rule making on stationary boilers, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and coal ash regulation

Matters relating to safety, availability, and labeling of food including: nutrition labeling, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), and Mexican sugar anti-dumping/countervailing duty cases

Matters relating to transportation: rail safety issues, truck weights, and waterways (locks and dams); Issues related to the implementation of Dodd-Frank…

2014 lobbying interests included:

Matters related to supporting agriculture: implementation of the Farm Bill, crop insurance, trade matters surrounding bio-technology trait approvals, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), and support of biofuels

Matters relating to supporting renewable energy. Legislative and regulatory issues including Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), Biodiesel tax credit, and Renewable Volumetric Obligations (RVOs)

Matters relating to agricultural trade including: Country of Origin Labeling, Anti-dumping and Countervailing duty petitions filed against Mexican sugar, trading issues surrounding approval of biotechnology traits

Matters relating to climate change and sustainability including rule making on stationary boilers, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and coal ash regulation

Matters relating to safety, availability and labeling of food including: partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, nutrition labeling, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL), and Mexican sugar anti-dumping/countervailing duty cases

Matters relating to transportation: rail safety issues, tank car safety regulations, and waterways (locks and dams); Issues related to the implementation of Dodd-Frank…

2013 lobbying expenditures: $1.79 million

2013 lobbying interests included:

Matters related to the Farm Bill

All matters relating to renewable energy and regulatory issues

Matters relating to agricultural trade

Matters relating to climate change and sustainability

Matters relating to transportation; Implementation of Dodd-Frank and other financial services issues…

Data source: Senate lobbying disclosure database


EDGAR Search Results: Archer Daniels Midland

Click on the above link to scroll through recent financial filings posted on SEC.gov. Reports labeled “10-Q” are quarterly filings, while reports labeled “11-K” are annual filings.


Archer Daniels Midland: News releases

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USA spending quick stats

Each year, the United States government hands out billions of dollars’ worth of government contracts, grants, subsidies and loans. A large portion of these federal dollars go to top agribusiness companies, such as Archer Daniels Midland. Click on a year for more detailed information.

Archer Daniel Midland facilities in Decatur, Ill., on March 6, 2015.

Photo by Darrell Hoemann/Big Ag Watch

Archer Daniel Midland facilities in Decatur, Ill., on March 6, 2015.

2015 total funds awarded: $76.9 million by 101 transactions

No. 1 awarding agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture

2014 total funds awarded: $88.3 million by 66 transactions

No. 1 awarding agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture

2013 total funds awarded: $79.1 million by 83 transactions

No. 1 awarding agency: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Data source: USASpending.gov


Quarterly reports

Sept. 30, 2015 | June 30, 2015 | March 31, 2015 | Sept. 30, 2014

Annual reports

2014 | 2013