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"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”
Jeremiah 1:5

Are You Becoming a Diamond?


I remember a John Anderson song from years ago called “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal” with the refrain “but I’m gonna be a diamond someday.”  That’s a great vision metaphor for all our lives…to be a diamond someday.   But it takes years for a diamond to develop; along the way, diamonds have to endure lots of pressure, heat and stress.  Fortunately for those in the ag industry and for most callings in life, those ingredients are readily available, which means there truly is potential in all of us to become a “diamond.”

Are you striving to become a “diamond”?  Achieving excellence is never easy and becoming a trusted professional your clients, co-workers, family and friends respect takes time.  As a recruiter, almost daily we hear where agriculture is losing valuable “diamonds” to retirement.  Professionals with decades of experience formed over the past half century plus close out their careers and head to retirement.

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

For our industry to thrive, the next generation of “diamonds” must continue to develop.  However, the process cannot be forced, nor can steps be skipped.  Those “diamonds” nearing retirement must do everything possible to help maximize the next generation’s development.  Intentional mentoring, patience, and learning to “let go” are key, as next generation peers need to learn while there is still someone there to help them navigate new skills and responsibilities.

On the surface, every generation thinks, operates and responds a little differently.  But at the core of essentially every human being in every generation is a heart that desires to belong, to be loved, to experience growth, and to be appreciated.  Seasoned veterans, are you impacting the younger people in your organization (and life) in a positive way?  Are you taking time to explain things and to share mistakes you’ve made and how you have overcome them?  Younger professionals, are you asking questions, listening to the voice of experience being shared, and valuing the input and wisdom of the “diamonds” in your company who can teach you so much?

One cannot google and find the experience our senior level industry veterans carry in their heads, and Siri can’t answer the toughest internal business questions.  But we do have a choice, and an opportunity, to become a “diamond”.  In this newsletter, the article “Be the Diamond” offers insight that will help you become a “diamond” in the difficult times of life and learn how to encourage the development of new “diamonds” around 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.

6202 Strategic Pricing Analyst - Pennsylvania

  • Well established Pennsylvania feed manufacturer is seeking a Strategic Pricing Analyst. This position is responsible for providing significant theoretical, applied scientific and economic value to the company by leveraging the deep connection that exists between Ingredient Pricing, Feed Formulation and Supply Chain dynamics.

3843 Sales Manager - Midwest

  • Sales Manager needed for a new technology crop inputs company. This is an excellent opportunity to join a progressive fertility company with a worldwide presence. This role allows you the flexibility to work from your home. The company prefers you reside in the Midwestern states.

5718 General Manager - Illinois

  • Rare agribusiness leadership opportunity to guide a deeply rooted Illinois agribusiness company to the next level.

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.

5720 Regional Manager - Western Corn Belt

  • A highly successful and rapidly growing agribusiness in the Western Corn Belt is seeking individuals experienced in senior level/general management to lead regional operations of the business.

3840 Turf Manager - Northeast Indiana
  • Turf Manager needed for a retail facility in Northeast Indiana. This is a fast-paced environment managing a facility that provides products and agronomic solutions for wholesalers, landscapers, and homeowners.

5717 Grain Originator / Logistics Coordinator - West Control Illinois
  • Highly respected grain company in West Central Illinois, committed to long-term industry success, is seeking a Grain Originator / Logistics Coordinator for a key, action-packed role where the rubber meets the road.

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. Excellent growth opportunity for a hands-on leader. 

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
Jim Fleming

July 1, 2002 was my first day on the job as a Recruiter for AGRI-SEARCH. Prior to that, I was on-the-air as a radio Farm Broadcaster for nearly 20 years. When not on the air, I was on the farm helping my Grandfather and Uncle. Joining AGRI-SEARCH shifted my focus from reporting on the events and news that impacted our industry, to finding the people who will impact our industry.

On my first day, I was given a sheet of open searches. Nearly all of them were in the agronomy retail and seed industries. While I knew of these industries from the producer perspective, I had no idea of what took place inside the fences of an agronomy retail plant or seed production facility. My reporter intuition gave me the perspective to ask the right questions and to learn how these industries functioned and the types of people it took for a company to be successful. I also learned the importance of being involved in the industry trade associations. These associations have proved to be such an invaluable resource for learning and networking.

Flash forward to July 1, 2020 and nearly 380 placements later. I have learned a great deal of this ever-changing industry, and I am continuing to learn. Both agronomy retail and seed are excellent industries to be a part of. Yes, there are long hours, but none hold the close relationship to being on the farm as do agronomy retail and seed. Demand for quality people is high. We have excellent growth opportunities open right now. Nearly all agronomy and seed companies are seeking people to show up on time and put in the hours to serve the farmer. Our candidates and companies play a key role in feeding people around the world, and I consider it an honor to play a part in this process.   


Be the Diamond

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John Maxwell

There are times in life, both personally and professionally, where circumstances can change at such a rapid speed that our opinions, perspectives, and course of action can change by the day, if not by the hour. When faced with such circumstances, there are generally three groups of people:

  • Those who take reflective but action-oriented responses to do whatever can be done to mitigate the challenges and seize opportunities
  • Those who simply panic and overload themselves and others with reactions that may be reasonable but tend to only exacerbate the challenges
  • Those who are simply bystanders; the proverbial “deer in the headlights”

As leaders, we have an obligation to do all we can to put ourselves in the first group. When there is so much we cannot control, we can control being the loudest voice in the room.

How can we capitalize on chaos and emerge stronger, both as a leader and as an organization?


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 experience is seeking an opportunity preferably in central Illinois.
Experienced Director of Sales / Business Development in Agronomy – Thrives in sales team management. Excellent at opening doors with new clients. Open to travel. $140k.
GM’s and CEO’s – contact us about finding the right leader capable of taking your agricultural business to the next level.
Project Leader / Sales Management with experience in retail and equipment. Go getter. Open to travel. $100K
Grain Merchandisers – Passion for trading grain and track records of success. Candidates with 5 to 30 years’ experience.

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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