US – American multinational food processing and commodities trading corporation Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) has opened a new innovation lab in the US to bolster its research and development capabilities.  

The Aquaculture Innovation Lab at the Animal Nutrition Technology Center (ANTC) is located in Decatur, Illinois. 

Housed within the 12,000-square-foot ANTC facility, the new innovation lab joins other ADM’s existing aquaculture research facilities located in Brazil, Mexico and Vietnam. 

“The opening of this new wet lab demonstrates our commitment to scientific discovery, bringing expanded capabilities to our competitive aqua innovation network worldwide,” said Nuria Miquel, vice president, R&D, ADM Animal Nutrition.  

“It also reinforces knowledge-sharing between our animal and human nutrition colleagues, allowing our innovation projects to benefit from a central hub of expertise.” 

Aqua researchers will have access to a pilot lab that allows the production of commercial-equivalent feeds for rapid prototyping of new technologies, such as feed ingredients and additives that can increase production efficiency, mitigate environmental impact and improve animal health and welfare. 

At the Aquaculture Innovation Lab, trials can be conducted with a variety of target species and segments, including various water temperatures and salinity with tight control over water quality conditions, fish performances, behavior and health status.  

Supply Chain agreement in China 

Meanwhile, the ADM subsidiary in China has signed a strategic cooperative agreement with Liaogang Nisun Supply Chain Management Co. Ltd., a Fintech Digital Technology Co. Ltd.  

Nisun focuses on linking key stages and stakeholders of the agriculture supply chain from agricultural research and development, production and processing to storage, transportation, sales and marketing, consumption, and service. 

Under this agreement, the two parties will work together on developing supply chain transportation services.

 Nisun will help ADM efficiently transport products from its factories to designated locations across China. 

Meanwhile, Buffalo News has reported that developer Douglas Jemal is offering Archer Daniels Midland Co. US$100,000 to stabilize a damaged elevator that has been cleared for demolition. 

According to the news agency, Jamal has also offered to pay for outside structural engineers to examine the abandoned grain elevator and give an independent judgment on its condition. 

ADM has been seeking to have the elevator demolished after the 125-year-old elevator, which has not been operational since 1981, was damaged in a windstorm last month. 

 The company noted that there have been several incidents in recent years in which debris has fallen from the facility, which is known as the Great Northern elevator. 

ADM however met a hurdle after the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture believed the elevator could be repaired and went to court seeking an injunction against demolition. 

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