Form 8-K












Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) August 23, 2017






(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   1-44   41-0129150

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 4600

Chicago, Illinois

(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (312) 634-8100



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tem 5.04.    Temporary Suspension of Trading Under Registrant’s Employee Benefit Plans.

On August 23, 2017, Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (the “Company”) notified participants in the ADM 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership Plan for Salaried Employees and the ADM 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership Plan for Hourly Employees (the “Plans”) of an upcoming blackout period (the “Blackout Period”) pursuant to Section 101(i)(2)(E) of the Employee Retirement Income Securities Act of 1974, as amended. The Blackout Period is required due to the transition of the Plans to a new administrator. The Blackout Period will begin at 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, on September 25, 2017, and is expected to end during the week of October 8, 2017, although it is possible that the blackout period will end prior to the week of October 8, 2017. During the Blackout Period, Plan participants will be unable to change contribution percentages, direct or diversify investments in their respective individual accounts, obtain a loan from either Plan, process a loan payoff, submit withdrawal requests, obtain a distribution from either Plan, or change an ESOP dividend election.

On August 29, 2017, the Company sent a notice to its directors and executive officers pursuant to Section 306 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and Section 104 of Regulation BTR under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “BTR Notice”). The BTR Notice informed the Company’s directors and executive officers of the Blackout Period and of the common stock trading restrictions (including with respect to derivatives) that apply to them during the Blackout Period.

A copy of the BTR Notice is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein. During the Blackout Period and for a period of two years after the ending date of the Blackout Period, stockholders or other interested parties may obtain, without charge, information about the actual beginning and ending dates of the Blackout Period by contacting the Company’s Investor Relations department at 312-634-8100.


Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d) Exhibits

The following exhibit is filed herewith:


99.1 Notice of Blackout Period dated August 29, 2017.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: August 29, 2017   By  

/s/ D. Cameron Findlay


D. Cameron Findlay

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary







Method of filing

99.1    Notice of Blackout Period dated August 29, 2017    Filed electronically