CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, US — ADM’s regenerative agriculture program, which enrolled more than 2.8 million regenerative acres globally in 2023, has been named a finalist in the Enterprise category of Fast Company’s 2024 World Changing Ideas.

ADM, a diversified global agribusiness based in Chicago, Illinois, US, was one of 127 finalists selected from a pool of more than 1,300 entries for developing creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. 

ADM is scaling up efforts to enhance the sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint of the value chains in which it operates. Its global regenerative agriculture program supports growers in adopting regenerative farming practices that protect and improve soil health, biodiversity, climate and water resources while supporting farming business development. ADM connects these climate-smart producers with downstream CPG brands – such as PepsiCo, Nestle and Carlsberg – to help them create more sustainably sourced products and reduce their Scope 3 emissions. 

In 2023, ADM exceeded its goal of 2 million acres by more than 800,000 acres, partnering with more than 28,000 growers of corn, soybeans, wheat, peanuts, cotton, sorghum, canola and barley. The company expanded its regenerative agriculture efforts to new regions, including the launch of programs in Europe and Latin America. In April, ADM announced that it would target 3.5 million regenerative acres in 2024 and increased its 2025 goal from 4 million to 5 million acres globally. 

“This recognition is a testament to our global teams as well as the incredible producer and brand partners who understand the urgent need for greater adoption of regenerative agriculture practices to build a more resilient food system,” said Greg Morris, president of Ag Services and Oilseeds for ADM. “The last 12 months have been monumental in scaling the program. However, we’re truly only getting started. We’re excited to continue expanding regenerative agriculture to more producers and brands throughout the world.” 

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