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Archer Daniels Midland to Cut 1,000 Jobs

Archer Daniels Midland

UNDATED   (AP) – Agribusiness conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland Co. says it will cut 1,000 jobs company wide.

CEO Patricia Woertz said in a Wednesday statement that the majority of the positions will be salaried staff. The move will cut about 15 percent of the company’s corporate staff.

The Decatur, Ill.-based company employs 30,000 people worldwide.

Woertz says the company is cutting jobs to boost productivity and profits. The company does everything from processing crops to make food ingredients, to shipping grain overseas.

The last year has been a volatile one for agribusiness companies, with crop prices swinging wildly on global markets.

Meanwhile, construction has begun on the new ADM grain elevator west of Waite Park.  That facility is expected to be operational by the harvest season this fall.  They will hire eight to 10 people.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved)

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