DECATUR, Ill. -- Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced the 2006 Community Partnership Grant program, offering grants to fund community improvement projects in agricultural areas of the United States.

Up to four grants of $10,000 each will be awarded to qualified tax-exempt, non-profit, educational or community organizations in ADM communities that identify projects for consideration.

"ADM understands the value of America's agricultural communities and is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the areas where we live and work," said Brian Peterson, senior vice president, corporate affairs. "This program will encourage local leaders and ADM employees to identify projects for consideration that address specific community needs."

Last year, more than 100 community programs applied for a grant. Recipients included Arkansas City Area Arts Council, Inc. (Arkansas City, Kan.), Clinton Trees Forever (Clinton, Iowa), Marshall-Putnam 4-H & Extension Program (Henry, Ill.) and Midland Lutheran College (Fremont, Neb.).

Applications and further information can be found on the ADM World homepage. All submissions must be postmarked by June 30, 2006.

ADM said it is committed to America's agricultural communities and proud to support the cities and towns where the company operates. Through this grant program and other efforts like the Ag in America Tour -- a mobile tour that educates students and consumers about the importance of agriculture -- and sponsorship of National Agriculture Day, ADM is working to ensure a strong future for American agriculture.

Archer Daniels Midland Company is a world leader in agricultural processing and fermentation technology. ADM is one of the world's largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa. ADM is also a leader in the production of soy meal and oil, ethanol, corn sweeteners and flour. In addition, ADM produces value-added food and feed ingredients.

Headquartered in Decatur, Ill., ADM has more than 25,000 employees, more than 250 processing plants and net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2005 of $35.9 billion.

SOURCE: Archer Daniels Midland Company via PR Newswire.