Spring Brings a Fresh New Start

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

Spring is my favorite time of year.  Green grass, freshly tilled soil, birds singing, warmer and longer days, and the joy of Easter all make it a special season. 

But it is also time for Spring cleaning.  Ugh! In the busy world in which we live, often there is no time, or we don’t make time, for "cleaning" our desks, file cabinets, and boxes stored in various spots.  Finding or making time to clean out the clutter from all areas of our life can lead to more productivity and a "cleaner" less stressed mind.  Trust me, I know.  Organization is not my middle name, and I struggle with it; but I do know it is important.

How about your life? Your office or shop?  Your business?  Do you bounce from event to event, month to month, or harvest to harvest with little focus and end up asking yourself how that year just went by so fast and you did not get done the things you most wanted to do?

If so, commit this Spring to "cleaning house".  There are ample solutions to assist you.  One system I have found helpful comes from the national bestselling book, "Getting Things Done – The Art of Stress-Free Productivity" by David Allen (unfortunately not me).  For some useful immediate tips, check out the Professional Attention Deficit Disorder article found elsewhere in this newsletter.

Have a Joyous Easter! Christ is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!


Current Open Career Opportunities

At AGRI-SEARCH, our staff is committed to bringing top-tier talent to our clients. Open positions change daily, but the need for quality people is constant in every successful business.

Highlighted below are some of our current open positions we are assisting our clients with. If interested in having us assist you in landing talent for one of your positions, or if one of these opportunities looks attractive to you or someone you know, please contact us.
6180 Director of Sales & Operations - Southeastern US
  • Livestock nutrition company seeks one with experience in grain / feed sales & marketing, contracts, logistics and who can manage purchasing, costing, inventory, pricing, and staff.
8006 Sales Director - Iowa
  • An international provider of agricultural integrated equipment is seeking someone with at least two years of experience in an Applications, Production or Technical lead role in a processing environment.
5673 Ingredient Trader - Texas
  • Passionate trader must have by-product or non-GMO / organics / organic foods trading experience, be by-product driven, and willing to look at all the angles to make good trades.
7630 Brand Development Sales Director - Central Missouri
  • Growing, well-positioned seed company known for their commitment to a quality product and their dedication to employees is seeing an individual to develop and launch a new brand and manage sales efforts.
5683 Agriculture OTC Relationship Manager - Chicago
  • World-wide agriculture company is looking for OTC Relationship Managers to expand their business in the US for agriculture markets (mainly grain, cattle, and oilseed) by prospecting new customers, visiting current customers and marketing risk management strategies.
8004 Automation Engineer - Eastern Wisconsin

  • An international provider of software and controls for agricultural processing and handling is seeking an Automation Engineer with several years of experience in electrical design with AutoCAD in eastern Wisconsin.

3788 Field Service Technician - Central Illinois

  • Sprayer technician working in the shop and in the field performing inspections, repairs, maintenance mainly related to liquid systems electronics, hydraulics, and plumbing.

5685 Grain Elevator Location Manager - Central Illinois

  • Passionate grain industry professional who is willing to learn, grow and expand your knowledge is needed to manage a key facility and grow into additional leadership responsibilities.


Featured Staff -
Meet Dave Allen

On July 1, 1999, Dave Allen joined Rich Connell at AGRI-SEARCH’s office, aka "The Barn", near Rich and Louise’s Seymour, Illinois home, and that started what has been an exciting and rewarding 20-year journey for him on the AGRI-SEARCH team.

At the time, Dave and his wife Cathy had three young children, so raising a family and recruiting went hand-in-hand for the Allen family.  Having been a Sales Agronomist for Grand Prairie Coop and Effingham Equity, the long hours of retail and the opportunity to raise three young children often clashed.  Recruiting, while still requiring some long days and early or late hours, supported their family theme that "You only get one chance to raise your kids" by offering the flexibility to make it to kids’ school, church, and extracurricular activities.

Dave attended the University of Illinois earning a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education. After completing a six-month FFA Work Experience Abroad program in Germany, he joined the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service staff for eight years and earned a Master’s degree in Agronomy from the U of I during that time.  From there he worked as a Sales Agronomist.

Cathy is a Registered Nurse, and their children are now grown.  Rachel works at the local library and senior living community, Daniel is a civil engineer, and Christy will graduate in May from the University of Illinois with a degree in Agricultural Communications. 

Many people have had a positive impact on the Allen family, but no one more so than Rich Connell. Rich has been a mentor, coach, listening ear, father-like figure and an endless encyclopedia of wisdom.  The Allen family is truly grateful and blessed that God chose to bring them together.


Professional Attention Deficit Disorder

In the manufacturing economy, time was the currency. Systems were designed for maximum efficiency, and effectiveness was simply how much time could be dedicated to the process. The assembly line is a perfect example! In today’s information environment, directing our attention in the right places for the right amount of time and focus is the key to effectiveness.

Curious if you suffer from Professional ADD?  If you have already been distracted at some point during the first paragraph, no assessment necessary!

Connecting Quality People to
Quality Companies is Our Passion

Our job as professional recruiters is to identify, attract, evaluate, and help our clients land top talent for their team.   We are constantly working with quality individuals who are positioned for growth in their career and are open to or actively seeking to make a change.

If your team is seeking talent to make a positive difference in your ability to serve your customers, reach out to us and see if it is something we can assist you with.

Talented Candidates

Listed below are just a sampling of the talented candidates we have evaluated recently. If you would like to learn more about these or other candidates we have available, please contact us.
General Managers and CEO's looking to lead their next challenge.
Manufacturing and Processing Quality Control. Manage Teams. Six Sigma, Green Belt, Lean Manufacturing. Nebraska. $90K.
Automation Engineer with Ag based PLC, DCS programming experience in Missouri.
Grain and Agronomy professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experience (management, sales and operations) who desire to relocate in the Midwest.
Wholesale fertilizer sales. Macro or micro; liquid or dry. Successful track record; knows retail. Manages large territories. Based in Southeastern Illinois.
Process Engineer with corn wet milling experience in Iowa.
Grain Merchandisers, Originators and Traders who are diversely talented, passionate and looking for new challenges.

Growing our Team with
People Passionate about Helping People


At AGRI-SEARCH, our mission states that we "are committed to serving the agricultural industry with integrity, passion and excellence by assisting our candidates to reach their career goals and helping our client companies build successful teams."

If you are competitive; have a strong sales mentality and don’t mind being told no; love connecting with and helping people; have a strong agricultural industry background in agronomy, grain, banking, equipment, or other areas and would enjoy the challenges of a recruiting career, contact Dave Allen. We would enjoy having a discussion with you.


Founded in 1995, AGRI-SEARCH is a professional recruiting firm providing clients with customized recruiting solutions in various niches within the agricultural industry. Our success results from our industry focus, our specialized approach to recruiting, and our staff's lifelong roots in, dedication to, and vast understanding and knowledge of the agricultural industry. | 217-543-2505

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