Illinois’ agricultural processing company Archer Daniels Midland, or ADM, has given one million dollars to the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
The donation will be used to build the ADM Center for Agricultural Development, a laboratory for hands-on learning and collaborative research. ADM Senior Vice President for Human Resources Michael D’Ambrose said the center will help various disciplines.
“While the benefits to the university and college are considerable, we at ADM will reap rewards by ensuring that our University of Missouri Talent Pipeline is well-stocked with the young people we need to grow our company," D'Ambrose said.
Biological Engineering Chair Jinglu Tan said there is currently not enough space for student projects across multiple disciplines.
“This gift is making it possible for us to have this facility so that we can enhance student-faculty interactions, enhance the student-team experience and provide more suitable space for capstone design project and other student projects," Tan said.
The college expects the laboratory to open in 2014.