Dearwester Grain was created in 1996 by Matt and Andrea Dearwester, who were fueled by a passion for small business in rural areas. The business has stayed a family owned business and has only continued to grow as several expansions have been made over the years to meet the needs of our customers. We carry a wide range of products including, livestock feed, pet food, field seed, small seed, and much, much more. Our locations also offer grain merchandising and storage, grain vac services, pet and livestock feed manufacturing and sales, trucking corn and soybeans, and wheat and small seed sales.
In 1996, Matt and Andrea Dearwester purchased a grain elevator facility in Paloma, IL and operated it as Paloma Elevator, INC. A few years later, in 1998, they purchased the Golden Elevator and the Seed Cleaner of La Prairie and restructured the business to operate as Dearwester Grain Services, INC. In 2001, the former Behymer Trading Post in Mt. Sterling was purchased and added into the line up. Looking to expand the grain and feed opportunities, they formed Nutrition Services, INC and purchased a feed mill in Carthage from Cargill in April 2003. The leasing of a feed facility in Industry began in 2009. The last major additions were the La Prairie and Clayton locations that joined the family in 2012. What began as a single facility with 2 employees has grown to 9 locations employing over 56 an overall storage capacity of 2,100,000 bushels.
Dearwester Grain Services offers support to the community by sponsoring and/or hosting many activities and events. In the community, we sponsor many activities including little league baseball and softball teams, 4-H, FFA, and local school support. We also host meetings and activities throughtout the year for producers and young agriculturists. The youth is extremely important to our community and we want to help encourage and develop a passion for agriculture.