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 Speaking Words
of Encouragement or Despair?

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

A group of frogs was traveling through the forest when two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that there was no hope left for them.

However, the two frogs ignored their comrades and proceeded to try to jump out of the pit. Despite their efforts, the group of frogs at the top of the pit were still saying that they should just give up, as they’d never make it out.

Eventually, one of the frogs took heed of what the others were saying, and he gave up, jumping even deeper to his death. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the group of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and to just die.

He ignored them and jumped even harder. Finally, he made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?"

The frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that he thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

Moral of the story: Your words can have a huge effect on the lives of others. Therefore, you should always think about what you’re going to say before it comes out of your mouth – it might just be the difference between life and death.

*Taken from Faith Lutheran Church newsletter, Sullivan, IL


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.
5690 Grain Originator - Northern Illinois
  • Respected grain company is seeking an energized grain professional to take the company's origination to the next level.
7636 Research Assistant / Corn Breeder - Central Illinois
  • Seed Research in Central Illinois. Hands on in the field. Corn breeding. $75-85,500.
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.
5691 Grain Operations Superintendent - Central Illinois
  • Successful and expanding grain company needs a skilled Grain Operations Superintendent to take on a newly created role at a key rail location.
Agronomy Operators / Applicators - Various Locations

  • Agronomy Retail. Operational people needed to apply product. Multiple Locations. Excellent pay and benefits.

4104 Director of Agriculture Risk Services - Eastern US

  • 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.

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.

Things People Ask About AGRI-SEARCH

Where is the AGRI-SEARCH office? Our primary business operations are based out of Arthur, Illinois, right in the middle of Illinois’ largest Amish settlement.  We are proud to be a part of a thriving rural community with solid Midwestern values.

Have you always been officed in Arthur?  Our original office was opened in Mahomet, Illinois, by Rich Connell in 1995.  He later moved the business to a reconstructed barn in a beautiful wooded setting on the Connell’s home property along the Sangamon River in rural Seymour, Illinois.  Our office relocated to Arthur on January 1, 2001 and had two office locations, one a former gas company and the other was a garage manufacturer, prior to moving into our newly constructed current facility on June 1, 2015.

Do all AGRI-SEARCH team members work in Arthur?  Once upon a time, that was necessary.  With the advancement of technology, we have had recruiters work remotely for several years. Vic Heinold, for example, is a Hoosier by birth but now serves our clients well from his home in sunny Florida.

Why aren’t you located in a larger city?  Living in America’s heartland surrounded by beautiful farmland and hardworking and honest people is to us the best place in the world to be.  We proudly say, "We live in the middle of everything!" Agriculturally speaking, that is very true.  But we also have four international airports within 2-3 hours of our doorstep (St. Louis, Indy, Chicago Midway and O’Hare) and can literally get most anywhere in the US east of the Rockies in a one-day drive.


Refining the Relocation

Hiring the best of the best? In many situations and for many roles, a commitment to employing the best candidates possible can sometimes involve relocation. Whether this a commonplace occurrence or one that is only approved under the most unique circumstances, there are copious and essential components of a successful relocation that can be refined to create a seamless process for the candidate, the family, and the organization.

For any hiring manager who has been involved with handling relocations, the nightmare stories are plentiful. The moving truck breaks down, high school children threaten emancipation, or the family cat is accidentally packed in a moving box (but survived) are all true stories of relocation fiascos. Assuredly, unexpected situations cannot always be avoided, but are there steps that can methodically be taken to minimize those unexpected situations?

There are.

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.
Technical Researcher. Consultant, dynamic leader, and problem solver with experiences in trees and nuts, orchards, and row crops. Open to any geography.
Credit / Finance CEO with diverse financial leadership background and leadership skills is seeking a new challenge in the mid-South region.
Grain Manager with extensive multi-location management skills seeks to locate in the greater St. Louis region.
Grain Construction Project / Millwright Manager is seeking an opportunity in northern Illinois.
Seed Sales / Department Manager with a proven track record residing in central Illinois.
General Managers and CEO's looking to lead their next challenge.
Geneticist. Pheno and Geno genetic research, Leader, excellent ag background, has a passion for seed. Will go anywhere.
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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