Welcome to our AGRI-SEARCH Newsletter!
Our newsletter is intended to help keep you informed and up-to-date on issues affecting the people side of agribusiness.  Each month you will find articles on a variety of timely topics for both candidates and hiring managers.  We will also highlight current open positions, candidates who are available, and insights into what is happening with our AGRI-SEARCH team.

What is Your Value in the Market Place?

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

Just how much should I be earning in the position I’m in?  That is a question we as recruiters often hear, and one that doesn’t usually have an easy answer.

How about you?  Are you overpaid? Underpaid?  How do you know?  Let’s start with just a sampling of some basic questions to ask:
  1. Are you a new grad or do you have valuable years of experience in the market?
  2. How unique are your skills?  (How hard are you to replace?)
  3. What impact do your contributions have on the bottom line of the company?
  4. Would others describe your attitude as positive and inspiring or as negative and someone to stay away from?
  5. What do other people earn who have similar job responsibilities in your geography?
  6. Are you passionate about helping your company be successful or just worried about your own well-being? (What is your immediate supervisor’s opinion?)

In reality, actual value is truly an opinion.  It can vary greatly depending on who you ask, whether for an individual’s pay or for the price of a used pickup truck.   

A similar challenge for employers comes in assessing new college graduates’ pay.  To help shed light on that, we have included in this newsletter "2018-19 Entry Level Salary Information for Recent Ag Graduates." There, you will find some fascinating data on where salaries stand for our newest colleagues in the world of agricultural.  


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.
6186 Dairy CEO - Wisconsin
  • Well respected and highly successful dairy company is seeking a CEO to lead the ongoing success and growth of their dairy operations.
6187 General Manager - Southwestern U.S.
  • Highly respected and established regional feed company in Southwestern U.S. is seeking a General Manager to run their operations.
1251 Precision Agronomy Specialist - Illinois

  • Highly successful and respected Ag Technology company located in central Illinois is seeking a Precision Agronomy Specialist to serve their customers nationwide.

3811 Sales Agronomist - Western Indiana
  • Agronomy retail facility located in Western Indiana has an opening for a Sales Agronomist.
  • Successful Northern Illinois company is seeking an Operations Manager who will be responsible for working with team members at all levels of the company to maximize operational efficiencies, safety, and maintenance program effectiveness.
  • Highly respected, animal feed company is seeking a Senior Grain Buyer for their Eastern Region.

3809 Sales Agronomist - Central Valley, California

  • The company seeks an individual who is excited to talk to farmers about new products and make sales.

5700 Grain Merchandiser - Northern Illinois

  • Illinois grain company is seeking a top-level Grain Merchandiser who can think on their feet, create a marketing plan, analyze the markets, and execute that plan.


Featured Team Member
Erin Miller

Erin Miller
Erin Miller joined the AGRI-SEARCH team in 2019, as our Office Manager. Should you come to the AGRI-SEARCH office or call on the phone, she will likely be the first person to greet you. Erin brings an enthusiastic and caring touch to our office every day.  Her positive personality and kind spirit make her perfect for serving the diverse needs of our client companies, candidates and staff.

Her passion for office work and love for helping people make her a perfect fit for serving our clientele.  She has prior experience in office administration working as the Office Assistant for an optometrist, a Legal Assistant for a law firm, and a Bookkeeper for a small business owner.

Erin grew up in Hammond, Illinois, a small town in the heart of the Central Illinois agricultural industry.  She successfully completed the Office Professionals Program in the Business Division at Lake Land College and now resides in Arthur, Illinois, with her husband and two daughters.

Outside of the office Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, cooking out with family and friends, being outdoors / camping, taking pictures, and volunteering in various areas at church, including serving as the Children’s Ministry Director.  She is also the Bookkeeper for her husband’s woodworking business.

We are blessed to have Erin on our AGRI-SEARCH team. Her attention to detail, efficiency, organizational skills, and willingness to do what is needed to satisfy the diverse operational needs of our business play a key role in the ongoing success of our recruiting team.

2018-19 Entry Level Salary Information for Recent Ag Graduates

Each year, participating agricultural colleges across the nation provide data to summarize entry-level salaries of recent graduates of their programs. The information is useful to help illustrate industry trends and provide appropriate baselines for both students and employers.

The summary, which is coordinated by Iowa State University, includes information collected by career services offices from December 2018 and May 2019 undergraduates. After the data is tabulated, the summary is finalized in August of each year and disseminated to contributing schools for appropriate use.  

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.
Experienced Trader seeking to join a positive culture that encourages and rewards growth.
Grain Facility Maintenance Superintendent – leader with exceptional maintenance and millwright skills desires southern Wisconsin / northern or central Illinois opportunity.
Grain Operations / Safety Manager is seeking an opportunity ideally in central Illinois but is willing to relocate. Hands on leader, very dedicated and loyal.
Grain Construction / Maintenance / Capital Projects Manager – rare talent in the grain handling and processing industry.  Wants to locate in northeastern Illinois.
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.
Professional Sales Leader is looking for a managerial opportunity with the ability to travel across Dakotas and Western US.

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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