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.

Confidence Must be Carefully Cultivated

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

As a grade school student, I always knew where to go when our teacher sorted our class by height preparing for class pictures.  As the shortest, skinniest kid in the class, it was a no brainer.  Advancing into high school, nothing changed.  Approaching age 16, when I got my license permit, it read 5’4" and 105 pounds.  Thankfully, our school did not have football! 

Looking back, fear was a constant.  In those days, freshmen getting stuffed in lockers was fairly common.  I dreaded wrestling in PE.  Meeting certain seniors in the hall made me quiver.  Even guarding opponents nearly a foot taller on the basketball floor created special challenges.  So how does one overcome their deficiencies?  By finding what you are good at and becoming the best YOU can be.

I loved gardening and dreamed of farming, although my dad was a truck driver with no land.  I began walking beans at nine, and one day when I was 12, our neighbor asked me to help him farm.  It was a day that changed my life.  That very first day, they put a pop case on the floor for me to stand on to handle the 4620 John Deere and chisel plow because I couldn’t reach the peddles.  They trusted me.  My confidence grew, I took pride in all my farm work, and my passion for agriculture has never diminished.  I found what I loved, grew in my confidence, and overcame a lot of mistakes along the way in building a rewarding career.

Does your workplace create a climate that builds confidence in rookies and veterans alike?  Does it allow for mistakes to be used as learning events that catapult team members to the next level of success and excellence? Read "A Culture of Confidence" elsewhere in this newsletter and begin transforming your culture into one that breeds confidence, not fear.


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.
1251 Precision Agronomy Specialists - Illinois
  • Highly successful and respected Ag Technology company located in central Illinois is seeking a Precision Agronomy Specialist to serve their customers nationwide.
5693 Grain Buyer - East Central Illinois
  • International grain company is seeking a grain professional to oversee ongoing purchases of corn to feed their processing operations.
3808 Plant Manager - Central Illinois

  • Plant Manager is needed at a retail location in east central Illinois due to an impending retirement.

6184 Dairy Nutrition Territory Manager - Great Lakes Region
  • Highly specialized dairy nutrition company is seeking a Territory Manager to represent their value added nutrition products in the Great Lakes Region.
5673 Ingredient Trader - Texas
  • Expanding company seeks a passionate trader with by-product or non-GMO / organics / organic foods trading experience.  Must be by-product driven and willing to look at all the angles to make good trades
6185 Feed Sales - South Central Wisconsin

  • Retail feed company in south central Wisconsin is seeking someone to join their team as a salesperson.

5700 Grain Merchandiser - Northern Illinois

  • Illinois grain company is seeking a top-level Grain Merchandiser who can think on their feet, create a marketing plan, analyze the markets, and execute that plan.

Dairy CEO

  • Well respected and highly successful dairy company is seeking a CEO to lead the ongoing success and growth of their dairy operations


Featured Recruiter
Jennifer’s Harvest Story

During my childhood (age 7 to 12), my dad managed a 2,000 row-crop farm in Elsberry, Missouri, in the Mississippi River bottoms.  I enjoyed growing up on this farm in particular as it had a half-mile lane to our house full of pecan trees as well ample room to ride my 3-wheeler, play with our dog, etc.  Our house was just above the top of the levee and was about 20 yards from the River. The levee made for great winter sledding.

One harvest Dad’s combine wasn’t working correctly; the head was dropping full ears of corn.  Dad said he’d give me a nickel (this was in the early 80’s) for every ear I picked up from the field.  He thought I’d pick up a few ears along the edge of the field and quit…. he was wrong. With Mom’s help, we made several piles throughout multiple fields.  We didn’t cover all of the corn fields, but Mom remembers Dad grumbling about how much he had to pay me.  No one remembers exactly what that amount was, but I made out like a bandit that fall.


A Culture of Confidence

Turns out, there are benefits that come from being a cocky teenager. Although your parents might have been counting down the days until you flew the nest, that swagger means you’ll likely end up earning a higher salary than those of your more modest friends. According to the Journal of Economic Psychology, their "Self-Esteem and Earnings" study showed that your level of confidence is at least as important as how smart you are when it comes to how much money you end up making. In fact, self-esteem can affect salary as much as cognitive ability.

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.
Experienced Trader seeking to join a positive culture that encourages and rewards growth.
This is the season for college career fairs. We have outstanding December 2019 graduates seeking roles in agronomy, grain, and seed roles.
Grain Facility Maintenance Superintendent – leader with exceptional maintenance and millwright skills desires southern Wisconsin / northern or central Illinois opportunity.
Grain Company Manager with extensive multi-location management skills seeks to locate in the greater St. Louis region. 
Feed Sales candidate with a specialty in swine and show feeds. Currently living in Southern IL. Will relocate.
Project Manager is seeking an opportunity in the St. Louis area to expand technical, marketing, and sales skillset.
Grain Operations / Safety Manager is seeking an opportunity ideally in central Illinois but is willing to relocate. Hands on leader, very dedicated and loyal.
Grain Construction / Maintenance / Capital Projects Manager – rare talent in the grain handling and processing industry.  Wants to locate in northeastern Illinois.
Professional Sales Leader is looking for a managerial opportunity with the ability to travel across Dakotas and Western US.
General Managers and CEO's looking to lead their next challenge.
Grain and Agronomy professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experience (management, sales and operations) who desire to relocate in the Midwest.
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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