Into The Harsh Glare At Archer Daniels

As he stepped to the podium at the packed annual meeting a year ago, Michael D. "Mick" Andreas moved closer to the spotlight he has studiously avoided for nearly 25 years. Warming to a theme set by his powerful, politically connected father, longtime Archer Daniels Midland Chairman and Chief Executive Dwayne O. Andreas, Mick strongly argued for continued U.S. government price supports for agribusiness giants such as ADM. To many investors, it was a signal that with the eventual passing of the top job from Dwayne, 77, to Mick, the 46-year-old vice-chairman, Archer Daniels Midland Co. wouldn't miss a beat.

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