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 Joy -
Finding Peace and Balance in our Lives

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

Christmas is a season of hope and peace that centers around the birth of the Christ child.  For far too many people in today’s world, hope and peace are a pipe dream.  Hectic schedules; family, financial, or health issues; or a variety of other factors can turn life upside down.  What can you do to help your team at work or someone whose life is hectic or hopeless this Christmas season?  Challenge them to complete the "Wheel of Life", a personal exercise discussed elsewhere in this newsletter (see "Does Your ‘Wheel of Life’ Have a Flat Tire?") that can help bring focus and balance to one’s life.  On behalf of the AGRI-SEARCH team, have a joyful, peaceful Christmas and a balanced and blessed 2019!


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.
5661 Regional Manager - Western Corn Belt
  • Entrepreneurial thinker with proven senior / general management leadership ability who thrives in a rapidly growing environment is needed to oversee numerous direct reports in day-to-day agronomy and grain operations.
8003 Engineering Technician Lead - Eastern Iowa
  • An international provider of agricultural integrated equipment is seeking someone with least two years of experience in an Applications, Production or Technician lead role in a processing environment.
7634 Seed Production Operations - INTERNATIONAL - Europe / Asia
  • Numerous positions are needed (from entry-level to Plant Manager roles) at location in France, Romania, and Russia for those wanting to experience agricultural production outside the US.
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.
5674 Senior Merchandiser - High Plains
  • Relationship builder with strong western rail trading experience who is able to manage a large position and recognize arbitrage opportunities.
1249 Applications Engineer - Eastern Iowa

  • Engineers with at least five years experience designing P&ID’s, layouts and detailed fabrication and assembly drawings as well as experience sizing and determining equipment and component specifications for process equipment.

3769 Location Manager Agronomy Retail - Central Illinois
  • Sales and personnel management are the most important facets for a Location Manager for a retail plant with fertilizer, seeds, and other products and services.
4102 Chief Executive Officer - East Central Illinois
  • Visionary leader who can inspire a successful team to go to the next level in partnering with and providing exceptional farm business data management services to farmers.
5669 Business Unit Manager - Southwest US
  • Highly motivated and experienced Grain Manager excited about leading a very large and fast-paced shuttle facility in a warmer climate with room to grow into a Regional role.
3783 Marketing Director - South Central Wisconsin
  • Innovative and progressive soil fertility company is seeking a Marketing Director to lead and manage all marketing activities.

Featured Recruiter -
Jim Fleming

Reliable and consistent are synonymous with Jim Fleming.  For over 17 years, Jim has faithfully served the personnel needs of our AGRI-SEARCH client companies and candidates in the Agronomy and Seed niche.

Jim’s family agricultural roots are deep and his passion for agriculture connects all aspects of his life.  He is active in several ag industry trade associations, the local FFA Alumni Association, collects antique farm equipment, and heads up an annual Amish Country Tractor Drive that attracts over 150 participants.

His nearly 35 years of agricultural industry experience and an incredible awareness and memory of events give Jim an overall insight and depth of understanding of the ag industry that are second to none.

If you have needs for quality Sales, Operations, or Management talent in the Agronomy and Seed sector, reach out to Jim.  He’ll be happy to assist.

Does Your "Wheel of Life" Have a Flat Tire?


Around the holidays, we often take time to reflect on where we are in life.  Our wheels often are spinning.  Is our life balanced and heading in the right direction, or are we scattered and torn and not able to see much light at the end of the tunnel?  For our lives to be successful overall we must address each "spoke" of the "Wheel of Life."  Named by Zig Ziglar, the "Wheel of Life" refers to the seven spokes that represent each area of our lives… career, family, financial, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual.  If you do nothing in an area or two, you will have an unbalanced life or a "flat tire."

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 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.
Mechanical and Electrical Controls Engineer with agricultural processing and handling equipment experience who thrive on solving challenges; many are relocatable.
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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