The Associated Press December 16, 2011, 6:59AM ET

Archer Daniels Midland spent $300K lobbying in 3Q

Archer Daniels Midland Co. spent $300,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on renewable fuels like ethanol and on global trade issues, according to a disclosure report.

ADM's lobbying spending was15 percent higher than the $260,000 that it spent during the same quarter in 2010, but is down 46 percent from the $560,000 it spent during the second quarter of this year.

Archer Daniels Midland, which grows, ships and processes major crops like soybeans and corn, lobbied the federal government on efforts to develop corn-based ethanol, according to the report filed Oct. 20 with the House clerk's office.

The company, based in Decatur, Ill., lobbied the U.S. Trade Representative on issues surrounding foreign trade, along with the White House, the Department of State, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies.

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