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Welcome to our AGRI-SEARCH Newsletter!
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."
Colossians 3:23

Bringing Inspiration and Joy to the Workplace

We live in a culture desperate for positive role models.  Too many people are going through the motions and not fulfilling their God-given purpose.

So, what is it that motivates you?  What inspires you?  What is your purpose, the reason you do what you do?  Are you a leader passionate about building a team motivated to win, or are you burned out and going through the motions?  Are you a team member who is inspired to perform at a high level, or are you unchallenged and not excited to show up every day?

In our culture, we like to point blame.  Our troubles, our lack of success, or our reasons for any failure are all easily blamed on someone else.  But for the real reason, we often need to simply look in the mirror.  There we will always find opportunity for growth, improvement, attitude adjustment, and kicking the “poor me’s” right out the door.

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

Have you identified your “why”?  It starts with identifying what is deep within your soul, what it is that makes you tick.  It might be taking care of your family, your desire to help support someone in need, your dream to retire with financial stability, or a deeply held belief.  Typically, it is a combination of several things within us that keep us moving forward.

Sometimes when the road gets tough, we forget our “why.”  We get frustrated, discouraged, or depressed, and those negative attitudes can spread like wildfire to the people around us and create even more turmoil, but it does not have to be that way.

Make up your mind today to pursue positive dreams and goals in your life, to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Treat every person in your path in a positive way…the way they want to be treated.

Then, read "Desire to Inspire", an excellent article found elsewhere in this newsletter.  It will motivate and inspire you to a higher quality of living and leading, to live each day with joy, and to treat people with kindness and respect.


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.
5751 Spring Wheat / Durum Trader - US / Canada
  • Growing global commodity trading company is seeking a Spring Wheat / Durum Trader to support and build their North American wheat trading activities.  Successful, self-starting traders who work remotely will be considered.

6219 Feed Ingredient Buyer - Eastern US
  • Successful animal nutrition company is seeking a Feed Ingredient Buyer for their multiple feed mills. You will be responsible for sourcing, negotiating, and purchasing and will work closely with the purchasing team.

5744 Commodity Merchandiser - Iowa
  • Respected agricultural company is seeking a Commodity Merchandiser with excellent problem-solving skills to work with their commodity team to keep ingredients supplied to their plants.

3887 Farm Manager - Southwest Illinois
  • Vertically integrated agriculture company is seeking a Farm Manager to oversee the growing process and employees at their growing facility in the Metro East area of Illinois. Their facility is experiencing tremendous growth and the company is adding new positions. The company is seeking a professional agriculturalist with a minimum of a BS degree in agronomy or horticulture and at least seven years of experience managing people and processes.

6229 Feed Ingredient Trader - Illinois
  • Expanding food and feed ingredients trading company is seeking a self-starting Trader to add value to their growing business either remotely or in the company headquarters in Illinois.

6228 Regional EHS Manager - Northeastern US
  • A national feed company is seeking a Regional Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Manager for their four Northeastern facilities.

5743 Feed Ingredient Merchandiser - Southwestern US
  • Highly respected grain company in the Southwestern US is seeking a positive minded Feed Ingredient Merchandiser with quiet confidence and a can-do attitude to join their team of trading professionals.  Great opportunity for a trader at any stage in their career who prefers nice weather year-round.

3888 Business Relationship / Finance Manager - Illinois
  • Seed company is a Business Relationship / Finance Manager to work with farmer clients to secure financing for the company’s seed. You will manage a team of telemarketers who are developing sales leads and will manage seasonal kickoff, dealer meetings, and field days located in the Midwest and Mid-South. This will require some travel, but it will not be excessive. The company seeks to hire someone who has had a successful career in either agricultural finance or agricultural accounting who is highly organized with a tenured work history. A minimum of a BS degree is required.

5741 Grain Location Superintendent/Assistant Manager - Central Ohio
  • An exceptional opportunity in central Ohio for a highly motivated individual who possesses office and mechanical abilities along with a desire to learn.  You must have the initiative to work hands-on, help lead a crew, and figure out solutions to challenges as they arise.

5747 Director of Environmental Services & Sustainability - Eastern US
  • Highly respected and established grain and grain processing company is seeking a Director of Environmental Services & Sustainability for their Eastern US operations.

GM's and CEO's
  • Strong and reputable companies are searching for their future leaders to setup their teams for continued success.


Making a Long-Lasting Positive First Impression
By Chelbi Williams Alt

A first impression is how you present yourself and that can be in your writing (résumé), the way you speak (phone interviews), or the way you carry yourself in a face-to-face meeting (in-person interviews). When searching for candidates, we don’t always get to meet them face-to-face and sometimes we never get to the phone interview if a résumé doesn’t align with our clients’ needs.

Your résumé, or even your LinkedIn profile, is your personal billboard. You use this form of communication to leave the reader wanting to know more and to get to the next step in the process, the phone call. The phone call is your opportunity to tell your story in more detail where you let the other person know what your interests and skills are and how you would be an asset to their team. But first, there is the résumé.

I love reading résumés; trust me, I understand this is not usually an exciting topic at dinner parties, but it truly is something I enjoy doing. The thought process behind a résumé is intriguing to me as it is the tiniest window to meet a new person.

"Why did they think this skill was important to add?"

"I wonder if they can also do X, Y, Z?"

Before you apply for that next opportunity or your dream job, ask yourself what impression your résumé is going to make on the reader and if it is going to get you to the next step in the interviewing process.

As the saying goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression."

Desire to Inspire

Motivate and inspire. These two words are often used interchangeably, echoed perpetually in the minds of any leader trying to spearhead the charge. However, view the two as the same and you are missing a critical component in your growth as a senior executive. Why? Motivation is of the ego, while inspiration is of the soul. Knowing how to motivate can make you a phenomenal boss, while knowing how to inspire will solidify your future as a phenomenal leader.

Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and carry it through to its conclusion, and inspiration is when an idea gets hold of you and carries you where you are intended to go.”
– Dr Wayne Dyer

Being inspirational can be a trait that appears to be intangible; you either have it or you don’t. It seems that individuals like Winston Churchill, JFK, Ronald Reagan, and Tony Robbins were most certainly born as charismatic and influential individuals. So, if being inspirational to others is something we all want, but it’s something you are and not something you get, then inspiration must be impossible to teach, right?  Not quite.


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 Operations Manager with extensive and diverse grain operations and leadership experience is seeking an opportunity preferably within a few hours of Peoria, Illinois.
Vice President Sales / Agronomist with a seed focus. International experiences. Fluent in English and Hebrew. Desires to relocate to the eastern US.
Location / Grain & Agronomy Operations Manager with extensive and diverse grain operations experience (including shuttle trains) is seeking an opportunity in Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Texas or the western Dakotas.
GM’s and CEO’s – contact us about finding the right leader capable of taking your agricultural business to the next level.
Farm Manager with experiences in sugar cane and cattle has BS in Agronomic Engineering and MBA in Agribusiness. Experience with operations in excess of 10,000 acres and 25 employees. Open on geography.

Growing our Team with
People Who Have Grit and Passion


Do you have the grit to not give up and stay true to the course, no matter how difficult it may be? Are you competitive and possess a strong sales mentality where every “no” is just one step closer to a “yes”?

If so, and you have a passion for connecting with and helping people, plus a strong agricultural industry background in agronomy, grain, or other areas, please contact Dave Allen. We would enjoy having a discussion with you about how a recruiting career may be a great fit for 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.

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.” | 217-543-2505

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