Minneapolis, November 21 – Nineteen students from Canby High School toured the Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company's Carbohydrate Solutions plant in Marshall yesterday to learn about locally-produced renewable energy.
During the tour, the students, from grades 9 to 12, were briefed on the various components of ethanol production during the tour. ADM produces 50 million gallons of ethanol a year.
“Supporting students in STEAM and agricultural programs is a major focus for us at ADM. By seeing our operations up close, these students gain valuable insights into how we make products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. We welcome these students to our facility, working to ensure the future of agriculture is bright,” said Todd Good, plant manager at ADM.
The students, who were from the school’s computer agriculture design and agriculture production classes, also toured the facility’s fructose plant, mill and feedhouse and maintenance shop.
The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels). ADM is a member of MN Biofuels.
“Canby High School’s visit was the 11th school tour we have conducted this fall. These tours provide students a better understanding of how a homegrown feedstock is converted into a clean fuel that reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, saves consumers at the pump and makes America more energy independent,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director at MN Biofuels.
Canby High School’s Dan Lutgen, technology / industrial educator, and John Dessonville, agriculture educator, accompanied their students during yesterday’s tour.
“Biofuels is an industry that will continue to grow and our hope is students see the benefits for a career,” said Lutgen.