Minneapolis, Oct 2 – Twelve students from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant on Sept 29 to learn about renewable energy production.
The students, comprising of 10th to 12th graders, toured the various production process areas at ADM Corn Processing, which included ethanol production, the facility’s fructose plant, mill and feedhouse and maintenance shop.
“We were excited to welcome the RTR students on site because it provides us the opportunity for these young, bright minds to gain a better understanding of the vital needs we serve in our community. From the harvest to the home, our organization provides the world with products to feed and serve the growing world population,” said Kayla Uphus, Human Resource Manager at ADM Corn Processing.
The tour was organized by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association. ADM Corn Processing is a member of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.
“We regularly bring students to ethanol plants that are close to their hometowns. These plants are an important driver of the economy in these parts of Minnesota,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director of the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association.
Indeed, during the tour, Uphus emphasized on the jobs offered at ADM Corn Processing.
“In southwestern Minnesota, our facility provides 250 careers and additional support in the surrounding communities. We want students to know that there are indeed opportunities for fulfilling careers here at home in southwestern Minnesota and those opportunities are for individuals at every skill level,” she said.
Jen Boersma, agriculture instructor at RTR High School, accompanied her students during the tour.
“This learning opportunity gave students first-hand experience with the process that utilizes a common grain to make a fuel, livestock feeds and even products for human consumption in a local and sustainable manner in a way that benefits producers as a whole,” she said.