A Job Worth Doing is Worth Doing Well
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Welcome to our AGRI-SEARCH Newsletter!
"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6
Integrity – A Timeless Life and Business Principle

Several years ago, at a Promise Keepers event, a speaker shared an insight I have never forgotten. He said, "Character is what a person does when no one else is looking."

As we begin a new year, a question for us to ponder is, "What does my character meter read when people see me, hear me, work with me, or think about me?"

Last year, I’ll never forget a life lesson in character that I received. As I pulled into the local post office drop box lane, a 94-year-old gentleman I know very well was ahead of me and out of his vehicle picking up letters strewn all about. My thoughts were, "Poor Jerry…" Knowing he was blocking the drive-through, he wandered back to my truck and shared, "I was just driving by and saw these letters all over the ground and just wanted to get them where they belong."

Wow…no one was around; it was a nasty evening; there was no

Dave Allen
President, AGRI-SEARCH

personal gain in it for him. But he portrayed for me what a godly man of strong integrity should do…by stopping and doing the right thing when no one else was looking.

Just how does your character meter read? Are you willing to sacrifice of yourself for the benefit of someone else, even if they never know what you have done to help them? Are you being faithful to do the right things for those who are counting on you, whether it be in your job or for your neighbor, your marriage, or your family? If you are like me, you can use some improvement.  In this newsletter, we have shared an article, "A Job Worth Doing is Worth Doing Well" that includes a story about the founding of the Lego company.  We hope it will help inspire you to always do your best and to do it with integrity.


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.
3882 Agronomy Department Sales Manager - Northeast Indiana
  • Large agronomy cooperative in northeast Indiana is seeking a Sales Manager for their Agronomy Division. This is a unique role in that are no direct reports associated with the job. The primary responsibilities are more behind the scenes developing and implementing sales plans for front line sales people and sales programs for farmer customers. You will also be responsible for representing the company at functions, create promotional materials, corporate communications and mailings, and working very closely with staff.
  • Agricultural industry leader is seeking a Merchandiser with 3 to 7+ years of experience who is ready and willing to grow as the company continues to expand. You will learn the entire business as you work with a variety of customers and other professionals, including accounting, logistics, quality control and finance.

5755 Controller / CFO - Texas
  • Established grain company is seeking a hands-on Controller/CFO for their operations in southeast Texas. While you will be accountable for all corporate accounting responsibilities and government and board reports, you will be very involved in the day-to-day functions of multiple grain locations along with cotton ginning.

5758 Grain Originator - Northern Illinois
  • Northern Illinois grain company is seeking a seasoned Grain Originator to establish quality relationships and purchase grain from farm producers.

3878 Research Manager - Central Illinois
  • Third party research firm is seeking someone to fill the Research Manager role for their company based in central Illinois. This role is a mixture of inside and outside work, client engagement, data management, personnel management, and overseeing the field research trials that are focused on biologicals, fertilizers, and seed treatments. This career opportunity is hands on. You will be in the field operating variety of research plot equipment. When not in the field, you will design research protocols using ARM software.

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.

1255 Territory Sales Representative - Iowa
  • National agriculture company is seeking a highly driven Territory Sales Manager for an Iowa/Minnesota region. The company is transforming crop protection applications and delivering a turnkey drone application platform.
  • 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.

5759 Rail Terminal Operations Manager - Kansas
  • Thriving Kansas grain company is seeking a Grain Operations Manager for a state of the art Rail Terminal to oversee the operations, maintenance, safety and grain quality.


Meet Bob Pike

Bob Pike was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He grew up working on a farm that produced corn, soybeans, and white potatoes. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Maryland he went to work for Cargill Corporation, where he held several positions working in their poultry products division. He became their youngest general manager and was a part of the acquisition team that later became Sunny Fresh Egg Products.

He has spent most of his career in the egg industry working with companies such as Morning Glory Eggs, Braswell Foods on the launch team for Eggland’s Best Eggs, and in 2008 he founded GCB Foods, LLC. GCB Foods produced and marketed organic eggs in a manner that addressed ethical production issues such as food quality and safety, animal welfare, and environmental protection. The company also provided consultation services in business development for waste management, pharmaceutical, and agri-businesses.

Bob has held appointed positions on the American Egg Board, President of North Carolina Egg Association, Secretary of US Egg Marketers, Board Member of the North Carolina Agri-Business Council, and served as United Egg Producers Environmental Committee Chairman. Bob also was the chairman of the Agricultural Air Research Council that was a joint effort with animal agriculture and FDA addressing the impact of the Clean Air Act on animal agriculture. He has also consulted congress regarding the USDA’s organic programs.

His favorite pastime is spending time with his best friend and wife, Cindy, and their four children and five grandchildren.

Bob joined the AGRI-SEARCH team in November of 2021. Welcome, Bob!

A Job Worth Doing is Worth Doing Well

Whether in our work or our personal dealings, there are numerous opportunities every day for us to make key decisions.  Our approach to making decisions, whether those decisions are simple or complex, presents us with choices to make.  Each of us have core guiding principles in life which steer us in making decisions.

My wife has at different points in our marriage told me that on my tombstone she will put “A job worth doing is worth doing right.”  At times, she has shared that out of frustration with my natural tendency towards perfectionism that has bogged down a decision she deems much easier and quicker to make.  At other times, perhaps it has been shared out of my persistence and diligence to tackle and complete a project that many would have given up on.

No matter our personality, traits or tendencies, to make a positive impact in this world, we must strive to be men and women who want to do what is best for the people we impact by our decisions and actions. With that, we need training, guidance and inspiration every day of our lives.  Many of us get that inspiration from parents, family, friends, co-workers, the Bible, or from other sources.


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 Merchandisers, Originators and Traders who are diversely talented, passionate and looking for new challenges. Some desire to work remotely.
Manager for agronomy, farm, or grain living in central Missouri; however, will relocate and has a good driving record.
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 Senior Support with broad experiences and currently in seed sales and operational management. Central Illinois.
GM’s and CEO’s – contact us about finding the right leader capable of taking your agricultural business to the next level.

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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