Welcome to our AGRI-SEARCH Newsletter!
"Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Our Newsletter strives to bring encouragement and fresh insight to areas that impact the workplace.

Dealing with Burnout, Slumps, or SAD

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

Life can be tough. Our situation in life and the people we interact with can lead to a variety of feelings and emotions…frustration, joy, depression, excitement, aggravation, happiness, and much more. When times get tough, in case you think what you are experiencing is something new, think back a few thousand years to Moses as he tried to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land.  In Numbers 11:11-14, it reads: And Moses said to the Lord, "Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly?  Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? ...I cannot carry all these people by myself!  The load is far too heavy!"

Sound familiar? Have you ever felt that way?  At some point, I think we all have, and it can come from a variety of causes. We may be burned out or overwhelmed with responsibilities at home or work.  We may be in a slump where things just haven’t been going our way.  Or, we may be one of many people who deal with challenges such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to the changing of the seasons.  It is most common from the fall into the winter and more common among people further north where the days are shorter.

In the workplace, family, or community, we all need to increase our awareness of the impact we have on others.  For those in a difficult situation, encouragement can do wonders for a downcast soul.  We must raise our head from our electronics and become more aware of the state of mind of the people around us. Be alert for signs of struggle.  Show you care and stay connected.  If needed, get them professional help.  Whether someone you care about is in a slump, burned out, or suffering from some type of depression or other emotional or mental struggle, be a person who makes a positive impact by bringing some friendly sunshine into their cloudy world.

For more information on this topic, see "Surviving the Slump" elsewhere in our newsletter.


Vic Heinold Named 2019
Teammate & Recruiter of the Year


AGRI-SEARCH is pleased to announce that Vic Heinold has been named Recruiter of the Year for 2019.  Heinold was chosen based on his outstanding level of production and exceptional customer service he provided to the company's clients and candidates throughout the year.

AGRI-SEARCH is also pleased to recognize Heinold as Teammate of the Year. Vic was chosen by his peers based on his positive attitude, willingness to coach and encourage teammates, and his ability to work together with everyone towards the common goal and for the good of the company. 

Dave Allen, AGRI-SEARCH President, shared, "We are very proud to have Vic as a key member and contributor to our team’s success at AGRI-SEARCH.  He is an exceptional professional who enjoys helping people and has served our clients well for nearly 10 years.  Vic is dedicated to excellence and providing the high level of customer service that AGRI-SEARCH strives to achieve."

Vic Heinold

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.
8019 Director of Safety & Security - Eastern U.S.

  • Highly respected agriculture company is seeking a Director of Safety & Security for their Eastern US operations.

5708 Grain Elevator General Manager - Central Illinois

  • Available Immediately!  Highly successful, growth-oriented, single location cooperative grain company in Central Illinois is seeking a General Manager who will provide strong common-sense leadership for the future success and growth of the company.

3824 - Agronomy General Manager - Northern Illinois

  • Multi enterprise cooperative is seeking a General Manager. Facilities are current. Rolling stock new. Company is profitable. Current GM is retiring.

5709 Commercial Sales Account Manager

  • A thriving and reputable agricultural company is seeking a Commercial Sales Account Manager to lead large scale projects in and around TN, MS, KY, AL.

3829 Location Manager - North Central Missouri

  • Progressive agronomy retail company is seeking a Location Manager for their facility in North Central Missouri.

5710 Outside Grain Operations Manager - North Central Illinois

  • Successful Illinois grain company seeks an outgoing and team-oriented leader to serve as Outside Grain Operations Manager for all of their grain facilities.

8018 Plant Manager - Southeastern U.S.
  • Leading agriculture company is seeking a Plant Manager for their soybean processing facility in Southeastern United States.

6189 Farm Assistant - Central Missouri
  • A reputable and growing family farm in central Missouri is seeking a hardworking, self-driven Farm Assistant to join their team.

We have excellent opportunities for candidates interested in operational roles. We have multiple locations in the Midwest for Custom Operations and on-the-farm labor. Candidates need a valid Driver’s License, excellent attitude and the ability to operate large agricultural machinery. These roles compensate you well and many have good benefits.

Featured Recruiter
Chelbi Williams Alt

"My mission in life in not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." – Maya Angelou

If you had to pick a quote to define your life, what would it be? I chose this quote because I feel it expresses my desire to impact the people around me and to leave things better than I found them. I’ve always tried to do what is best and to help others, but it wasn’t until our lives were forever changed that I made it my mission.

Ten years ago, my younger sister passed away in a car accident. The news caused pure
Chelbi (right) and her sister, Courtney,
at a fundraiser for their foundation
throughout our family and our community. People from all points of our lives stepped up to help us maneuver through the days and weeks that followed. It was truly a numbing experience, one where you can remember every detail, yet it all seems like a blur. While at the hospital, our parents were asked about organ donation and the immediate answer from all of us was a simple, "yes." Little did we know that one word would change us to the core.

Shortly after our loss, the Casey Williams Foundation was born. My older sister and I, along with a board of amazingly talented and strong women, have built this foundation to educate people on the importance of organ and tissue donation. Our foundation makes monetary donations to families who are on their organ and tissue donation journey, we have a scholarship program for both traditional and non-traditional students where the main requirement is community service, and we attend donor drives to sign up new donors. We can only do what we do because of the love and support from everyone around us, and we will spend the rest of our days paying that forward.

In 2019 I met Dave Allen. While learning about him, his family, and this organization, I knew it was a company I wanted to join. I had been seeking a career move that would allow me to do what I cared so much about in my personal life and bring it in to my professional life. The team at AGRI-SEARCH is passionate about serving the people they partner with and they do so with compassion and integrity. In this role we have the opportunity to assist both businesses and people to reach their full potential, make career moves that can greatly change their lives, or give someone the boost of confidence they need.

Being a member of the AGRI-SEARCH team isn’t the easiest role I have ever been in, but it is by far the most personal and rewarding.  How about where you are today?  What are you doing to make sure you are thriving, not just surviving?


Surviving the Slump

How excited do you think Pat Sajak is to ask contestants to buy a vowel after all these years? Do you think Beyoncé is tired of singing "Single Ladies" yet? Which do you think Michael Jordan loved more – the championship rings or shooting practice free throws for well over two decades of his life? There are monotonous phases of every career, even if your career is that of a pop star, a game show host, or a sports legend. We are certainly not exempt from that monotony either!

You might not be experiencing it right now, but someone you lead might be. You might be in the height of peak professional fulfillment season but start to coast after the holidays and need a boost. The purpose of this article is not to serve as a downer, but to serve as a preemptive boost to what everyone will experience at times throughout their careers! We want to address short-term solutions for managing a slump, mitigating boredom, and developing a carefully balanced mix of deliberate grind and patience. Even if you are in a great place professionally, if you implement a few of our suggestions, your great year can continue to evolve into something even greater.


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 container loading experience is seeking an opportunity preferable from Illinois on west.
GM’s and CEO’s capable of leading agricultural businesses to the next level.
Originator / Origination Leader with successful and diverse experience who will relocate almost anywhere.
Professional Sales Leader is looking for a managerial opportunity with the ability to travel across Dakotas and Western U.S.
Brand Manager / Marketing Manager with experiences in seed treatments, biologicals, and fungicides. Extensive travel OK. Located near two major midwestern cities. $150k+
Agronomy Hub and Location Manager with experiences in manufacturing and sales. Has MBA. Will consider relocation. Illinois. $150k+
Project Manager is seeking an opportunity in the St. Louis area to expand technical, marketing, and sales skillset.  

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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