Welcome to our AGRI-SEARCH Newsletter!
Our newsletter is intended to help keep you informed and up-to-date on issues affecting the people side of agribusiness.  Each month you will find articles on a variety of timely topics for both candidates and hiring managers.  We will also highlight current open positions, candidates who are available, and insights into what is happening with our AGRI-SEARCH team.

Christmas and Business - Conflict or Co-exist?

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

Christmas and business often are in direct conflict with each other.  Christmas is supposed to be a season of joy, peace, hope, and great anticipation as we look forward to celebrating the birth of the Christ child and all the activity that surrounds it.

But in our businesses, the outlook may not seem quite so jolly and bright during the Advent season. It’s often a very busy time with year-end goals to hit; financials to finish and turn in; customer pre-pay or year-end sales to process; inventories to take; and annual evaluations and planning for the new year to complete.  Too often, we live in a world where our busy-ness is often driven by emptiness, or perhaps vice versa.  So what can we do to find that often illusive joy and peace?

I recently saw a story written by a young man who was dying way too early.  One thing he recommended was to spend money on experiences rather than things.  That struck me.  Why do we work hard, make a living, save money, become old (and perhaps grumpy), and forget to enjoy life with our loved ones along the path?

Our businesses can play a big role here.  They can demand our team members to sacrifice all their time, talents, and energy for the "good" of the company, or they can help promote balanced lives that lead to better work and personal life balance…and happier people.  Businesses can offer team members some great gifts that don’t have to cost a lot of dollars. But in the end, such gifts can be more valuable than anything money can buy. Whether it’s extra time off to attend a family event, encouragement during difficult or stressful times, or a thank you and recognition for a job well done, we will all be wise to take steps to learn what the greatest gifts are that the people around you wish to receive.

As you make a purposeful decision to enjoy life…wherever you are, remember that contentment comes when we learn to enjoy what we already have.  And at Christmas time, that rings especially true.  May you find a special contentment and peace as you celebrate Christmas this year and may the poem, "Twas the Night Before Jesus Came" shared elsewhere in this newsletter, be a blessing to you.  Merry Christmas!


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.
6189 Farm Assistant - Central Missouri

  • A reputable and growing family farm in central Missouri is seeking a hardworking, self-driven Farm Assistant to join their team.

5696 Senior Grain Buyer - Eastern U.S.

  • Highly respected, animal feed company is seeking a Senior Grain Buyer for their Eastern Region.

6188 Operations Manager - Northern Illinois

  • Successful northern Illinois company is seeking a self-motivated leader who will be responsible for working with team members at all of their grain facilities to maximize operational efficiencies, grain quality, safety, and maintenance program effectiveness.

1252 Agricultural Engineer U.S.

  • An agricultural equipment company is seeking an engineer to join their team.

6186 Dairy CEO - Wisconsin

  • Well respected, multi-location, high performing dairy company is seeking a CEO to lead the ongoing success and growth of their dairy operations.

7638 Seed Plant Location Manager - Western Iowa
  • Manager needed to oversee a Seed Production Plant in Western Iowa.

5701 Logistics Manager - Northern Illinois

  • Successful and well-respected agricultural company in northern Illinois is seeking a Logistics Manager to take the lead in managing logistics needs for multiple locations


Featured Recruiter
Dave Allen

When I took the accompanying photo recently, I did not realize at the time how it embodies much of what I hold dear in my life.

The flag…symbolic of the country I love and am so thankful to be a citizen of.

The lighted porch…the entry way to our home, the place where my wife and I have been blessed to raise our children and welcome our family and friends to come for a visit. 

The nativity scene…Merry Christmas!  Placed in our front yard, the nativity represents the hope, joy, and peace we get from knowing that the Christ child was born into this world to ultimately die on the cross for each of our sins.

The sunrise…a heavenly portrait reminding us that every morning God gives us a fresh new day with no mistakes, ours to take and use wisely to serve others and honor Him.

The cornfield…you can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy. Every part of me is thankful to have been raised in rural America, experience working on the farm, and be a part of the greatest industry in the world that is privileged with feeding humanity.

The distant subdivision…a part of Arthur, the central Illinois community in which we are grateful to live, that has 2300 people and a few thousand Amish in the surrounding countryside. 

The road…that allows me to pull out of my driveway and go anywhere in the world.  I love to travel, to meet new people, learn new things, and be challenged by different ideas. 

The electrical and communication lines…that provide us in rural America the chance to work and live and compete with our city neighbors.  Sorry, but I wouldn’t trade places with any of my city friends for anything.  After all, they’ll never see a sunrise quite like this!


'Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wandering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand.
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said "It's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

~Bethany Farms, Carrollton, IL~


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.
Business Development. High flyer. Results driven. Experience with seed, chemistry, fertility. New technologies. People coach, mentor, leader.
Agronomy Operations / Sales. Experienced candidate. Farm Background. Excellent with equipment. Good people skills. Will relocate anywhere.
Grain Merchandisers, Originators and Traders who are diversely talented, passionate and looking for new challenges.
Grain Facility Maintenance Superintendent – leader with exceptional maintenance and millwright skills desires southern Wisconsin / northern or central Illinois opportunity.
General Managers and CEO's looking to lead their next challenge.
Project Manager is seeking an opportunity in the St. Louis area to expand technical, marketing, and sales skillset.  

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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