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.

A Father-in-Law's Wisdom

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

On Father’s Day, I spent quite a bit of time thinking about my dad and father-in-law, two men who had significant impact on my life.  Looking off the hill of St. Paul cemetery near Strasburg, Illinois, where both are buried, I reminisced.  One thing that came to mind were the words I heard my father-in-law, a dedicated cattle and grain farmer who started farming with horses, say many times.  "If you have to farm on Sunday, you are either trying to do too much or you aren’t doing a very good job managing the other six days of the week."

Farming is not my profession, but my livelihood depends on the success of farmers.  I understand what it means to "Make hay while the sun shines," but I have never forgotten those wise words of my father-in-law. His generation understood better than most the human need for the Sabbath rest.  Today, we often find ourselves living life with very little margin no matter our profession.  Work. Children’s events.  Church and community activities.  Home and yard work.  Hobbies.  Staying fit… the list goes on.  But rest is often nowhere to be found.

In agriculture, we make excuses.  We say things like, "Our time is not our own" or "It’s busy season."  We blame it on customers who are demanding.  The weather.  A demanding Board.  The need for higher profits.  But in reality, can we control our own destiny when it comes to the hours we work and the life we choose to live?  If we are honest, the answer is likely "more than we are right now."  Take time to read, "Finding Balance Between A Happy Home and Quality Customer Care" elsewhere in this newsletter.  Then, if you have some good ideas, email them to me, and we’ll share some in the months ahead.


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.
3800 Agronomy Department Manager - Western Plains
  • Great Plains based cooperative is seeking an Agronomy Manager to lead and manager the department.
5692 Regional Grain Operations Manager - East Central Illinois
  • Successful grain company is seeking a motivated team builder with grain operations and personnel management experience to lead a key hub facility and oversee multiple elevator locations.
6181 Feed Ingredient Buyer/Broker - Wisconsin
  • Well-established livestock nutrition company is seeking a Feed Ingredient Buyer/Broker for their Wisconsin Operations.
3797 Sales Agronomist - Northern Illinois, Southern Wisconsin

  • Progressive and growing agronomy company seeks to hire a Sales Agronomist due to company growth.

5690 Grain Originator - Northern Illinois
  • Respected grain company is seeking an energized grain professional to take the company's origination to the next level. Exceptional career growth opportunity!
5688 Grain Superintendent - Southwest US

  • Southwestern grain company is seeking a Grain Superintendent for one of the large shuttle facilities with their region

7630 Brand Development Sales Director - Central Missouri

  • A growing, well-positioned seed company known their commitment to a quality product and their dedication to employees is seeking an individual to develop and launch a new brand and manage sales efforts.

5673 Ingredient Trader - Texas
  • Unsurpassed opportunity for 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.

Summer Memories
Jim Fleming

My best summer memories were made as a kid on my grandparent’s farm. My Grandpa kept me busy with the usual tasks of mowing, baling hay, walking beans, and painting. As I got older, I cultivated corn and beans and combined wheat. I always had something to do. At the time, they were not fun tasks, but I learned to appreciate the opportunities I was given. There is beauty in seeing a dark green corn field waving in the breeze after a fresh cultivation and seeing the golden wheat feed into the combine. I loved the smell of fresh alfalfa and to this day I still enjoy seeing a farmstead that is well kept and neat. I enjoyed the family reunions, cookouts, and going to the State Fair, but most of all it was the time spent with my family that I enjoyed the most.

Finding Balance Between a Happy Home
and Quality Customer Care

Several years ago, I spoke to a GEAPS group and asked those in attendance how many days in a row they had worked the previous harvest.  I asked those who had worked at least 30 straight days to stand, and most stood.  As I counted upwards, I asked them to sit down when we surpassed their "streak."  Many stayed standing into the 40’s, then 50’s, and the "winner" had worked 67 straight days!

What has changed in the last several years?  As a new generation of workers arrives on the scene, I’ve spoken with managers who share that "the new guard just can’t cut the hours it takes for the job."  My question to these managers is, could the younger generation be right?  In many ways, I think they may have their priorities for a healthy work / life balance more in order.  Regardless, we must continue to ask if there is a different or smarter or better way to approach the rigors of our very demanding ag industry.

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.
Seed Research. Experience in the lab with genetic research. MS in Crop Science. Will go anywhere.
Grain Operations Superintendent with exceptional training and diverse truck, rail, and barge experience is ready to relocate anywhere.
Grain Manager with extensive multi-location management skills seeks to locate in the greater St. Louis region. 
Agronomy Salesperson. Needs to relocate to the Kansas City region.
Agronomy / Grain Operations Manager is seeking an opportunity in northeastern Illinois.  Hands-on leader, very dedicated and loyal.
New Grad with a dynamic personality. Desires a direct to the farmer sales role. Ideal geography will be the heart of Illinois.
General Managers and CEO's looking to lead their next challenge.
Seed Sales / Department Manager with a proven track record residing in central Illinois
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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