Bringing Unique Non-GMO Specialty Corn and Soybeans to Foods
Clarkson is an Illinois-based grain, oilseed, and ingredient supplier to the food manufacturing and animal feed industries. We specialize in the growing, storage and processing of Identity-Preserved, Non-GMO and organic corn, soybeans and soy ingredients. We procure our specialty corn and soy raw materials from our grower partners throughout the United States and Canada.
As licensed grain dealers and warehousemen, we offer several unique and exclusive corn hybrids including our Indigo Blue corn and a full selection of white corn and yellow corn. We also offer several unique and exclusive soybean varieties – high-yielding varieties that work well for beverages and foods.
Clarkson owns and operates its own commercial storage, cleaning and handling facilities as well as an organic soy processing facility, barge station and rail sidings located in central Illinois. We utilize farm storage to segregate, store, dry and stage deliveries, as well as certified commercial facilities. To gently move crops from farm to buyer, we also incorporate unusually-low fall handling systems to ensure product quality.
History of Clarkson
In 1974, Clarkson Grain was founded by the Clarkson family, which pioneered “Direct Delivery Marketing” to link farmers directly to end users. By 1990, that system evolved into supplying selected Non-GMO and organic whole grains and oilseeds to the food and feed industries.
In 2003, Clarkson Grain began extracting organic lecithin from organic soybeans. In 2012, Clarkson Grain acquired the assets of the former US Soy. We ship year round by road, rail and water to customers around the world.
Today, company founder Lynn Clarkson remains at the helm. And despite our growth into a global enterprise, corporate offices of Clarkson remain in Cerro Gordo, Illinois, a small rural community three hours southwest of Chicago. We have not forgotten our roots.
At Clarkson, our employees are key to our success. Together, we strive to serve our customers and growers with the highest level of service and respect. In partnership with the Clarkson family, our employees receive part ownership in Clarkson, resulting in a team of hard-working, dedicated employees that take pride in their company’s success. Our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) also provides investment benefits to help our employees achieve their retirement goals.