CERRO GORDO, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Ken Dallmier has been named president and chief operating officer of Clarkson Grain Co., a grain, oilseed and ingredient supplier to the food manufacturing and animal feed industries.
As president and COO, Dallmier will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company while developing growth strategies to move Clarkson into the next generation of agriculture.
Dallmier most recently was senior vice-president of strategic partnerships at Agrible, Inc., an agriculture predictive analytics company. Earlier, he held management positions with Syngenta Seed, Inc. and Sturdy Grow Hybrids, Inc. where he led the process of developing new corn and soy varieties, and managed commercial trait introductions to the North American seed market.
Dallmier received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in plant breeding and cytogenetics from Iowa State University.
“We are very fortunate to have Ken join our company,” said Lynn Clarkson, founder and owner of Clarkson. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in developing, producing and marketing corn and soybean varieties, including non-GMO varieties. His long career in agriculture began with his family’s food-grade seed company and advanced to senior management positions with progressive, global agricultural companies.”
Founded in 1974, Clarkson Grain specializes in the growing, storage and processing of identity-preserved, non-GMO and organic corn, soybeans and soy ingredients. The company procures specialty corn and soy raw materials from grower partners throughout the United States and Canada.
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. The company utilizes farm storage to segregate, store, dry and stage deliveries, as well as certified commercial facilities. To move crops from farm to buyer, Clarkson said it incorporates fall handling systems to ensure product quality.