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"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9
Finding Joy in Life’s Trials

It is safe to say that if you are reading this, you are facing a challenge of some sort.  Perhaps it is at work with an issue that is overwhelming you. Maybe it’s a problem with your finances or your health.  Or perhaps it is a relationship issue with a family member, friend or neighbor.

Life is full of challenges, and it has been said we are best defined by how we respond to adversity.  I am not sure I like that, but I think it is true. How we respond when a child throws a tantrum in the busiest part of the store, a driver cuts us off in traffic, or the manager overlooks us for a promotion does indeed say a lot about our character…either good or bad.

James 1:2-4 are three Bible verses one can also struggle with.  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

Our culture today promotes “living life on easy street,” but in reality, none of us would probably enjoy living there.
  Every day brings challenges of its own, and handled correctly, those adversities enhance our personal, spiritual, and emotional maturity and can make us better.  When we embrace life’s challenges and seek to positively overcome them, we grow in a positive direction.

How do you respond to adversity?  Take the challenge of learning more about yourself when you read, “Are You a Carrot, an Egg, or a Coffee Bean” elsewhere in this newsletter.


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.
  • A thriving grain company seeks a highly motivated Grain Operations Superintendent with solid leadership skills and an agricultural background.  This opportunity is open to new grads or experienced grain operations professionals.

  • Highly respected, animal feed company is seeking a Grain Buyer for their Eastern Region. The grain buyer will be responsible for procuring (negotiating & buying) and contracting for corn, soybeans and wheat from local farmers and/or elevators.

5735 Grain Farm Assistant - Central Illinois - FILLED

  • Established and highly respected High Plains cooperative is seeking a Shuttle Facility Manager. This position will be responsible for managing this large shuttle facility with tremendous growth potential.

  • Southern Illinois opportunity! Full service and diverse agricultural company is seeking a Location Manager for a full-service agronomy, feed, and grain elevator located in the heart of Southern Illinois.

1253 Service Representative - Eastern US
  • Leading ag material handling manufacturer is seeking a Service Representative for the Eastern US who will work cooperatively with the Sales team and will be a key contact with customers to schedule and oversee the inspection, maintenance and repair of all facets of their equipment.

  • Respected animal nutrition company is seeking a Transportation Specialist for their Central Illinois facility. This individual will work cooperatively with the company's customer base, suppliers, and sales team to ensure overall satisfaction.


Featured Team Member
Chelbi Williams Alt

Life’s Joys and Challenges Help Us Identify Our Strengths
I am back in the swing of things after maternity leave, and I will admit, it was not easy. For various reasons the transition from “stay at home mom” to “full time working mom” did not go as I had envisioned. I believe I was trying to control too many pieces, and I was not willing to ask for help. I do not know if it was my pride or my foolishness (probably both) holding me back, but I quickly learned that I could not do it all. Though we are far from perfect, everything is going MUCH smoother thanks to an understanding boss and our nanny.

Situations like this happen to all of us every day. We add and add to our “to do” list without asking for help or delegating. It is natural to think you must do it all, however, you cannot be everything for everyone, and that is OK.

Do you try to fix everything for everyone? Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed by your workload?

Take time to identify your strengths, as well as your areas in need of improvement. Look at what motivates you and compare that to what creates unnecessary stress. We tend to overwhelm ourselves with daunting tasks that are out of our area of expertise, and that takes the joy out of our everyday jobs, and sometimes our personal lives. By looking at your strengths and weaknesses, you might find that a colleague is not only better at something, but they enjoy it more than you do, and vice versa! That is great; share the load and trust in your team to help you and your business grow.

Let us help you find the right people to balance your team.  When you have the right people in the right seats, the sky is the limit for what you can accomplish!


Are You a Carrot, an Egg or a Coffee Bean?

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were hard. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as the daughter solved one problem, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first, she placed carrots; she placed eggs in the second, and in the last, she put ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and put them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.


Amish Country Tractor Cruise 2021 – Arthur, Illinois

Jim Fleming driving a Massey Ferguson 1130
on Vine Street in Arthur
Aerial picture of tractors lined up
west of Arthur
A bit about the Cruise from our very own Recruiter, Jim Fleming, who is a Co-Founder and the Cruise Director:

The Amish Country Tractor Cruise began in 2010 as a way to raise funds for scholarships for ALAH FFA Members pursuing a post-secondary education.

  • The cruise follows a different route each year. It averages about 40 miles per year. The average speed is 12 MPH.
  • The cruise arrives and departs from Yoder’s Kitchen. Host farmers have R & R breaks and lunch.
  • For 2021, we had 147 tractors from eight states and served at our luncheon and program.
  • It takes 40 plus volunteers to make it happen and significant cooperation with law enforcement agencies.
  • The cruise route is approved by the State of Illinois.
  • As part of their registration fee, drivers get their lunch and a t-shirt.
  • For 2021, the oldest in attendance was 97. The Oldest Driver was 95 while the youngest driver was 16. Danville, W.VA was the furthest traveled.  Oldest tractor was 1929. Tractor in the family the longest was 71 years.
  • Tractor Cruise Day is the only day of the year that Yoder’s Kitchen opens early.
  • Amish are allowed to participate provided their tractor meets the requirements.

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.
GM’s and CEO’s – contact us about finding the right leader capable of taking your agricultural business to the next level.
Field Operations Manager in Seed Production. Currently resides in the PNW and desires to move to the Midwest.
Grain Merchandisers, Originators and Traders who are diversely talented, passionate, and looking for new challenges.
Sales. Leader and Optimistic. Currently resides in TN. Desires to move north.
Grain Company Managers with extensive and successful multi-location management skills seek to locate to various locations including the greater St. Louis region, Iowa, Illinois and others.

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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