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“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Moms & Memorial Day

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

In recent weeks, we have celebrated Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.  Quite fittingly, they fall in the same month.  For many people, their mother or grandmother has been the most influential and impacting person in their life.  Then on Memorial Day, we honor those veterans who have given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have.  Many of us know family members, friends, or people from our community who given up their life so we can better live ours.

Think of the impact your mother, grandmother, or someone else had on you and how that has helped shaped your life in a positive way.  Then think of a veteran, anyone who has served in our nation’s military and perhaps gave their life, and remind yourself how their sacrifice allows you to wake up each morning to freely pursue the passions and dreams of your life.  Now, if any of these people are still living, take time today to reach out to them and tell them thank you.  Let them know how you appreciate the positive impact they have made on your life.

Elsewhere in this newsletter is an article, “The Treasure of True Grit”, that reminds me of both mothers and veterans.  It talks about conation, having that “will to succeed, the quest for success, that single-mindedness in pursuit of a goal, any goal, that all consistently successful people have.”  To me, it seems that is what most mothers who successfully complete the child rearing stages and what most veterans who serve our country have. How about you? 


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.
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.

6196 Feed Sales Manager - Southwestern U.S.

  • National feed and nutrition company is seeking a Feed Sales Manager for their Southwestern US territory. The position is responsible for all aspects of sales and business growth within the region.

5715 Grain Merchandiser - Northern Illinois

  • A reputable Northern Illinois grain company is seeking an experienced Grain Merchandiser to trade grain for multiple facilities, focusing primarily on barge and rail trading.

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.

6198 Strategic Feed Pricing Director - Eastern U.S.

  • Aggressive and successful Eastern animal nutrition company is seeking a Strategic Feed Pricing Director. This is a highly technical and analytical role. It requires a high degree of financial acumen. It is an essential function of the business and would preferably be someone with experience in formulation and pricing.

5716 Grain Operations Superintendent - Central Illinois

  • Successful Illinois grain company seeks a driven and dedicated grain operations professional to oversee the outside operations at a key grain elevator facility.  Growth opportunity!

We have excellent opportunities in the agronomy retail industry at locations throughout the Midwest. We need people to manage plant locations, sell seed and fertility, and do custom application. These career jobs can earn in excess of $100K. Send your resume to today.

Featured Recruiter
Dave Allen - Why Am I An Ag Recruiter?

Most people who have known me most of my life could tell you about at least one of my passions.  For one, I love “farming”, whether meticulously marking the carpet with tractors and implements as a young boy, tilling and working in the garden to help feed our family, or working on our neighbor’s farm starting at age 12. “Farming”, or agriculture, has always been a passion and a part of who I am.

I also love getting to know people.  I have been accused of being able to carry on a great conversation with a fence post, and that is probably true.  I do enjoy talking, but just talking can be, as 1 Corinthians 13:1 says, a “noisy gong or a clanging symbol” if not done with love.
Dave & Rich, Circa 2007
Everyone has a story. I really like asking people questions and listening to and learning their story.  I enjoy being around people, whether at trade shows, ball games, church, or traveling because I enjoy connecting to what God is doing in and through their lives.

Another passion, a solid faith in God, was instilled in me from early on.  Being around family and friends at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg, Illinois, while growing up allowed me to watch and learn from others who experienced the joys, sorrows, challenges and victories of life.  With many in the congregation being farmers or from farm families, my faith journey included seeing how dependent the farmers (we all) are on the hand of God to provide everything we need in life.  Together we learned that one can till the soil, plant the seed, and care for the plants, but only God provides the rain and can make the seeds grow.

So how does all this add up to me being an Ag Recruiter?  In the late 1990’s, my wife and I had three young children, and I was a Sales Agronomist for Effingham Equity.  I loved my company and my work, helping our farmer customers increase yields and profitability.  But I had allergies, back issues, and often found myself telling my wife, “I love the people more than the plants.”  We talked and prayed for at least two years for an answer to the simple question, “What should I be doing with my life?” Then, while attending a trade show, I met a man named Rich Connell. Prior to that, I didn’t even know what recruiting was or how it worked.  But as we talked, and talked again, the thought of helping people find their career passion intrigued and excited me.  And the rest, they say, is history.

As an Agricultural Recruiter for 20+ years, it is a blessing to have my passions of agriculture, people and faith interact every day.  As our teammate Vic Heinold likes to say, we can do everything in our power to bring good candidates and companies together, but there is only so much we can do.  At some point, we must step back and put our work in God’s hands.  By faith, we must trust that if a candidate and a client are a good fit for each other, it will work out.  When things don’t work out, we can’t beat ourselves up, but must instead put our boots on and get back to work.  We must walk on in faith, trusting in the promise of my favorite scripture verse, Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

The Treasure of True Grit

“Tell me about a time when you failed, and what you learned from that experience.”

Think of the most successful employees you’ve ever worked with, or the individuals you’ve mentored who excelled the most, or the leaders you’ve studied who seem to achieve every goal they set for themselves. Undoubtedly, a common thread between all will be that those individuals have the strength to learn why they failed, what to do in the future to succeed, and the willpower to get back on the horse and try again.

But exactly what is it that leads one person to try again when others just give up?

Industrial and organizational psychologists have spent decades researching this very subject. Angela Duckworth, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and her research focuses on a personality trait she calls “grit.” She defines grit as “sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.” She writes that,“the gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina.”


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.
Originator / Origination Leader with successful and diverse experience who will relocate almost anywhere.
Quality individual experienced in Seed Production Plant Management and Agronomy Retail. Has experience in managing people and safety. Central Illinois.
Grain Operations Manager with extensive and diverse grain operations and container loading experience is seeking an opportunity preferable from Illinois on west.
Professional Sales Leader is looking for a managerial opportunity with the ability to travel across Dakotas and Western U.S.
Self-directed and experienced territory sales. Excellent in equipment whole goods or parts sales. Contacts on the Gulf Coast, Southest US, Southwest, and Pacific coast.
Experienced Soils Technician. Pull samples. Sales of services. Also, has experience in seed production. Needs to work remote. West Central IL.
GM’s and CEO’s capable of leading agricultural businesses to the next level.
Experienced safety coordinator. Excellent understanding of corporate policies. Consulting or full-time. Work remote. Southeast IL.

Growing our Team with
People Who have Grit & 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.

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