Dearwester Grain Services 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. As a grain and feed dealer; we offer a wide variety of products and services, including our own brand of Gold Prairie seed and Dearwester feed product line. Our grain locations also offer storage options, off the farm trucking, grain vacing, and multitide of merchandising options. Our feed locations are stocked with pet and livestock feed, manufacture custom bag/bulk feed, bulk feed delivery, and salesmen to help formulate rations to fit your operation.
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. In September of 2012, Dearwester Grain Services bought out La Prairie Chatton Elevator, consisting of two facilities, Chatton and Clayton. Soon after, plans began to build a feedmill on the East side of Carthage to keep up with the expansions of hog confinements being built in the area and to keep up with demand. In July 2017, Bentley Elevator was added as a grain and feedmill/dealer. In January 2018, after leasing the Liberty facility for over 5 years, Dearwester Grain Services purchased the Liberty Elevator with plans to rebuild over the next couple of years. The company also purchased a building in town to open as a feed retail store that opened in April, 2018. In May 2018, Dearwester Grain Services opened another feed retail store in Rushville. What began as a single facility with 2 employees has grown to 12 locations covering the West Central Illinois area.
Dearwester Grain Services offers support to the community by sponsoring and/or hosting many activities and events; including little league baseball and softball teams, 4-H, FFA, and local school events. We also host meetings and activities throughout 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.
To reflect a balance between producting high quality feed and marketing profitable grain for our valued producers that distinguishes ourselves in our local marketplace. Through our knowledgeable and skilled employees we are able to provide reliable, equitable, and courteous customer service by operating with honesty and integrity to preserve past, present and future business relationships.