Now What?
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Welcome to our AGRI-SEARCH Newsletter!
"Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:10-11
Today Is All We Have

As we celebrate Christ’s birth and prepare to switch the calendar to a new year, there is an emotional tug on our heartstrings. The joys, successes, and accomplishments of the year gone by can flood our thought processes and leave us lamenting the fact we will never pass down this exciting path again. Or, with a sigh of relief, we may ponder our frustrations, failures and sorrows and eagerly look forward to a new year still fresh with no mistakes along its path.

With age and wisdom, it becomes clearer just how valuable time is.  We also learn that people and relationships are more important than any "thing" we can ever possess. Great satisfaction comes in life when we use our valuable time to interact in activities and relationships that have a positive impact on everyone involved. 

A former colleague often said, "Experience without reflection is experience wasted." Now is a good time to ask ourselves, "What have I experienced in the past year that I need to take time to reflect on and

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

learn from?" Great value can be gained as we take time to capture those valuable experiences that life has presented, whether they bring great satisfaction or sorrow.

Life is short. The calendar flips again, and too soon death will come to each of us. If you are reading this, today is a gift.  It is all you are guaranteed. Enjoy it and use it wisely. Make good decisions and have a positive impact on those within your sphere of influence. Then, ask yourself every day, "What do I need to do today to better use my time, be more encouraging, and have a more positive impact on the people around me?"

Please feel free to expand upon these thoughts by reading "Now What?"
elsewhere in this newsletter.
Have a joyous Christmas and blessed 2022!


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.
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.

3893 Chemical Purchaser - Illinois
  • Progressive wholesale company is seeking an individual to build relationships with chemistry manufacturers in order to purchase, price, and sell products direct to farmers and retail companies.

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.

5754 PRF Insurance Account Executive - Remote
  • Highly respected agriculture risk management firm is seeking an experienced Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage (PRF) insurance professional to lead their offering in this area throughout the 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.

7662 Seed Department Manager - Illinois
  • An agronomy retail company is seeking an experienced individual to fill the role of Seed Department Manager. This role is part of the Senior Management team and is fully responsible for the seed division of their business.

6215 Senior Commodity Trader - Eastern US
  • Highly respected East Coast Agriculture Company is seeking a Senior Feed Ingredient Trader.  This position has the opportunity to be remote for the right candidate.


Meet Jodi Wortham

Jodi Wortham grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  After getting started in the workforce and completing her education, she relocated to Illinois in 1991.  She later attended Sparks College in Shelbyville, Illinois, earning an Associate degree in accounting.

For nearly 10 years, from 1999 to 2008, Jodi provided outstanding customer service as an employee of Consolidated Communications, while earning promotions to supervisory leadership roles in billing response, operator services, and collections.  More recently, from 2008 to 2021, she worked in the laboratory at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, serving as a Department Secretary and Outreach User Support Specialist.

Jodi joined the AGRI-SEARCH team as Office and Data Administrator in 2021. Welcome aboard, Jodi!

Now What?

As we wrap up 2021, take a moment to reflect on what has now been a long-circulating article via the internet and social media. Although it has a somber tone, it sets the stage for the purpose behind this month’s AGRI-SEARCH Update.

First, I was dying to finish high school and start college.
And then, I was dying to finish college and start working.
And then, I was dying to marry and have children.
And then, I was dying for my children to grow old enough for school.
And then, I was dying to retire.
And now, I am dying …
and suddenly, I realize I forgot to live …

We recognize that for some, this might be a little severe for what is normally a lighthearted and thought-provoking newsletter, but as consultants who engage in conversations daily with hiring managers and candidates alike, a common question has emerged more in recent years than ever before…Now what?


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.
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.
Agronomy Sales candidate with solid sales and operational background. AAS in Ag Production and Management. Excellent in front of the farmer. Central Illinois. Fixed location.
GM’s and CEO’s – contact us about finding the right leader capable of taking your agricultural business to the next level.
Agronomy sales or research leader relocating back home to Illinois to be near aging parents. MS / MBA.
Grain Merchandisers, Originators and Traders who are diversely talented, passionate and looking for new challenges. Some desire to work remotely.

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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