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.

Are You Who You Want
People to Think You Are?

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

When you die, what would those closest to you inscribe on your tombstone or say at your funeral? Would it accurately reflect what you think about yourself and what you want others to think about you? 

Think of the people who are your role models, those you really appreciate and trust. Fortunately, in the agricultural industry, there are a lot of quality people from which "what you see is what you get."  But that said, no matter the person, it is our human nature to want to hide our warts. We often try to hide our weaknesses, our struggles, and all the things we think may shed some not so positive light upon us.  Social media is a great example.  It is full of "feel good" stories that almost always show the brighter and better side of life…not necessarily the realities of life.

How about at work? Are you real day-in and day-out in your communications and your actions?  Do people know they can trust what you say and that you have their best interests in mind?  Are you willing to step out on a limb even though it may expose some of your own weaknesses? 

Today, authenticity in our "perfection driven" world is in greater demand than ever.  Challenge yourself to be "yourself."  Be more transparent, more genuine, and more real. Take off the makeup.  You’ll feel better and more energized when you stop trying to be someone or something you are not.  For additional insight, read "An Era of Authenticity" found elsewhere in this newsletter.


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.
5697 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.
8011 Web Designer - Missouri
  • Ag Technology company, based in western Missouri, is seeking an experienced Web Designer to join their Marketing team.
5693 Grain Buyer - East Central Illinois
  • Thriving, well established international grain company is seeking a seasoned grain professional to oversee ongoing purchases of corn to feed their processing operations.
3804 Fertilizer Marketing Manager - Central Florida

  • Fertilizer manufacturer is seeking a Marketing Manager to help in finding new product opportunities, identifying new markets, promoting the brand, and increasing market share.

5698 Senior Trader - Eastern US
  • Highly respected and successful East Coast feed and trading company is seeking a Senior Trader for their feed ingredient / DDGS group.
8012 Video, Animation, and Graphics Specialist - Missouri

  • Missouri Ag Technology company is seeking a Video, Animation, and Graphics Specialist with experience shooting, producing, editing, and animating video content.

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.
3805 Agronomy Retail and Wholesale Location Manager - Central Illinois

  • Location Manager needed at a retail fertilizer plant located in central Illinois.


Featured Recruiter
Meet Chelbi Williams Alt

Chelbi Williams Alt was born and raised in Assumption, Illinois. After graduating from Millikin University in 2006 with a Business Management degree, she began working in the Agricultural Industry with GSI. During her 13-year tenure with GSI, Chelbi managed the Inside Sales, Customer Service, and Technical Support teams. She also worked as a Global Project Manager implementing and the Dealer Portal (ONE GSI).

Chelbi joined the AGRI-SEARCH team in 2019 as a Professional Recruiter specializing in Sales and Sales Management. Chelbi and her husband reside in Westville, Indiana.

Along with her older sister, Chelbi founded the Casey Williams Foundation in memory of their younger sister. Partnering with five other Board members, they focus their efforts on promoting the need for organ and tissue donation while helping families on their organ and tissue donation journey. She has a true passion for helping others and working with people. Her favorite pastime is being with her family and friends, especially her nephew and nieces.


An Era of Authenticity

The topic of authenticity is likely often discussed in counseling sessions but rarely discussed related to the workplace. However, we live in an era where social media has perpetuated the need to showcase an idyllic life, in a time where a news story breaks every few minutes that erodes the reputation of highly powerful individuals we once trusted, and in a day and age where old friends want to reconnect ultimately to try to get you in their downline of their newest MLM.

It is fair to say that most people have a heightened sense of skepticism. It is also fair to say that in the face of that skepticism, most people crave an era of authenticity more than ever before. This is not limited to life outside of the workplace; many articles have been written about the importance of the boss-employee relationship and how the lack thereof is one of the largest factors to turnover within an organization.

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.
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 Illinois opportunity.
Seed Sales / Department Manager with a proven track record residing in central Illinois.
Marketing Manager is seeking an opportunity in Central Illinois to expand communication, photography, and videography skillset.
Grain Company Manager with extensive multi-location management skills seeks to locate in the greater St. Louis region. 
Grain / Agronomy Operations Manager is seeking an opportunity in northeastern Illinois.  Hands on leader, very dedicated and loyal.
Agronomy Operator in northeast Illinois, passionate about the role.
Professional Sales Leader is looking for a managerial opportunity with the ability to travel across Dakotas and Western US.
Grain Construction / Maintenance / Capital Projects Manager – rare talent in the grain handling and processing industry.  Wants to locate in northeastern Illinois.
Grain and Agronomy professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experience (management, sales and operations) who desire to relocate in the Midwest.
General Managers and CEO's looking to lead their next challenge.

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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