Salutations! My name is Gunnar Wuebben, I am from the small town of Albany IL, located at mile marker 513.5 on the Mississippi River. Growing up in a small town I have developed a love for nature and agriculture. As a child to the point now I have always loved being involved in agriculture and helping out at the family farm. This love for agriculture has motivated me to work hard in school and to be a part of ag related groups at my college. It has helped me in my business classes, marketing and grain merchandising programs. With that I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to gain greater insight into the grain and feed industry through the GFAI Summer Immersion Tour as well as my fall job shadow days this fall at ADM in Clinton Iowa. During my fall job shadow in Clinton Iowa, I was in the bean area of the ADM plant. I thought it was very interesting since my family has taken corn there my entire life and I never knew they had a bean area of the plant. In this area and the time that I was there I got to see them unload trucks and trailers, along as the process from the inside of what happens when a truck is probed. Besides watching them unload trucks, I got to go outside and tour the bean area of the plant, and watch as they loaded barges full of beans and witness how they move them up and down the river with pulleys as they fill them up. I also learned that most of the beans they buy at that plant are just resold to other ADM sites farther down the river. As I was informed that the beans they were buying were getting bought and shipped to Quincy Illinois to be used by another ADM processing plant. Lastly I got to sit and visit with the people in the merchandising room their. Danial Hartman was the guy I got to sit with and ask all my questions too. He informed me on several topics and things I didn’t know about the grain and comedies market and how they do things there. He explained to me that his main job there is to get ahold of farmers and other grain co-ops and buy grain most importantly corn to help feed the monster of an ethanol plant that ADM is there. I would like to thank Daniel for having me at ADM for my fall shadow and teaching me many things about the grain industry that I didn’t know, along with helping me set up a spring shadow date to check out the other aspects of the grain industry
Grain & Feed Association of Illinois
3521 Hollis Dr.