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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

March Madness, Sadness, or Gladness?

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

March Madness, to those of us who love college basketball, is something we look forward to every year.  However, this year’s March Madness has not been about basketball, but instead about a virus that has impacted every single one of us.  Just how it impacts us depends much upon our attitude.  Do we allow the stay at home, social distancing guidelines to lead us into a state of sadness and despair or to a mindset of gladness and new opportunity?

Growing up working on our neighbor’s farm, I enjoyed those long days of social distancing on the tractor running a field cultivator, chisel or moldboard plow.  It was a time to think, dream and ponder.  I also learned very early in life that it takes a lot of faith to plant seeds in the ground and believe in a few months something good would be there to harvest or eat.

We are at a unique time in history.  Many of us now have unexpected time to think and dream.  Although in our businesses, jobs, and families, March Madness 2020 has not necessarily been something to cheer about, it has offered us some unforeseen opportunities to plant seeds of hope and encouragement.  We can care for our neighbors or co-workers with acts of kindness or connect with family, friends or neighbors we may have lost track of or been too busy just a month ago to think or care about.  It’s also a great time to sit back and simply ponder just what Psalm 46:10 means, to "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Our agriculture industry knows all about using resilience, faith, and hope to deal with the unknown; it’s an annual event.  We know what it means to be uncomfortable as we wait upon a much-needed rain or market prices to improve. After all, we just came through 2019…and several challenging years before that. We know that living with faith in an eternal God gives us hope that those seeds we plant, literally and figuratively, will flourish and that every season of madness will ultimately turn into gladness.  Our painful memories from the difficulties of years gone by fuel our hope for a better tomorrow.  We know each new year brings new hope and new opportunity, even when the viruses of life constantly attack us.

As you deal with the discomfort of the world around us, embrace it. Look for ways to impact your sphere of influence in a positive way.  Also, take time to read "Become Comfortable with the Uncomfortable" elsewhere in this newsletter.  And don’t forget…Easter is coming! Christ is risen!  We indeed have reason to be filled with gladness.


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.
6193 Quality Control and Food Safety Manager - Eastern U.S.

  • Highly respected agriculture company is seeking a Quality Control & Food Safety Manager for their Eastern US feed operations.

5711 Grain Terminal General Manager - Central Illinois

  • Financially sound and well-maintained grain facility in Central Illinois is seeking a self-motivated General Manager with a diverse skillset 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.

5704 Grain Shuttle Facility Manager - Western Corn Belt
  • A highly successful and rapidly growing agribusiness in the Western Corn Belt is seeking an individual to manage a state-of-the-art shuttle train facility.

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.

3833 Location Manager / Sales - East Central Illinois

  • Location Manager / Salesperson needed at an established and highly profitable retail location in East Central Illinois.

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 Team Member
Erin Miller

Sometimes becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable stuff in life is easier said than done. When my youngest daughter arrived three years ago, my husband and I decided I would stay home with her for as long as I could, and that I would work from home. It was during this time that I embraced my passion for working with children. I became the Children’s Ministry Leader at our church, and soon after that I began volunteering with middle school youth group on Monday nights. Everything was working out and we were comfortable with the routine we had established.

In October of 2019, I found out about the Office Manager position at AGRI-SEARCH. After a lot of thought and prayer, my husband and I decided that I would go back to work outside of the home. It was a scary decision, knowing our youngest daughter was still small, and knowing I didn’t want to give up my role at church.

It’s easy to underestimate ourselves, fear change, and get too comfortable in life that we never take the leap and step out of our comfort zone, which is how life was going for me. I had become comfortable with my routine.

It took some time to get used to the major changes, and there are always going to be imperfect days, but I took a leap of faith and decided I was going to go to work and also continue to serve the next generation. We can’t be afraid of the potential of the future. We can’t be afraid to step out of our comfort zones. We can’t fear becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable. We might surprise ourselves.


Become Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

"No matter your role or how long you have been in it, we all have situations we would rather avoid. Scenarios can range from taking on a project in which you are not sure you will excel, having a difficult conversation with a client or colleague, or even simply interacting with coworkers in a social setting outside of the workplace. No matter the situation, most would agree that leaving your comfort zone can create the opportunity to flourish professionally, personally, and financially. Yet that comfort zone can be a cozy blanket of security quite difficult to shed! So how do you become comfortable with the uncomfortable?


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.
Professional Sales Leader is looking for a managerial opportunity with the ability to travel across Dakotas and Western U.S.
Grain Managers, Merchandisers, Originators and Traders who are diversely talented, passionate and looking for new challenges
Brand Manager / Marketing Manager with experiences in seed treatments, biologicals, and fungicides. Extensive travel OK. Located near two major midwestern cities. $150k+
Experienced Soils Technician. Pull samples. Sales of services. Also, has experience in seed production. Needs to work remote. West Central IL.
General Managers and CEO's looking to lead their next challenge.
Project Manager is seeking an opportunity in the St. Louis area to expand technical, marketing, and sales skillset.  
Experienced safety coordinator. Excellent understanding of corporate policies. Consulting or full-time. Work remote. Southeast IL.

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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