Who We Are

AGRI-SEARCH is 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.

 Professional Agricultural Recruiters You Can Trust

Dave Allen - President and Ag Recruiter with AGRI-SEARCH

Dave Allen
(217) 543-2505

Dave received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and Master’s degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois. After participating for six months in the FFA Work Experience Abroad program in West Germany, Dave joined the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service Staff.

He served as Agricultural Extension Advisor for 3 ½ years in his home county of Shelby and 4 ½ years in Piatt County. Dave worked for eight years as a sales agronomist for two Illinois cooperatives, Grand Prairie Co-op and Effingham Equity, before joining AGRI-SEARCH in 1999. Dave is married with three children. He enjoys spending time with family, Illini basketball, Cardinal baseball, and being active in Promise Keepers. Dave specializes in placing personnel in the grain industry.

Jim Fleming- Agr Recruiter with AGRI-SEARCH

Jim Fleming
(217) 543-2505

Jim leads the Agronomy and Seed Recruiting sector for AGRI-SEARCH. Since joining the company in 2002, Jim has successfully filled nearly 350 positions and has helped AGRI-SEARCH in becoming one of the premier agribusiness personnel consulting firms in the country.

With nearly 35 years in the agribusiness industry, Jim is considered an expert in his field and has been interviewed on AGRI-TALK, Brownfield Network, RFD Network, Cromwell Ag Radio, Wisconsin Farm Network, Farmweek News, and both the Illinois and Indiana Agri-News. Jim supports the industry through his involvement in the American Seed Trade Association, Independent Professional Seed Association, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Wisconsin Agribusiness Association, and the Indiana Crop Improvement Association.

On the local level, Jim takes an active role in the FFA and 4-H organizations and volunteers in his community and church. His hobbies are collecting Oliver, Minneapolis-Moline, and JI Case tractors and farm implements and participating in antique farm shows throughout the country. He also enjoys gardening and working in the yard.

Jennifer Perrine - Office Manager for AGRI-SEARCH

Jennifer Perrine
(217) 543-2505

Jennifer joined the company in 2007 as the Office Manager. Her career in Office Administration allows her to efficiently coordinate the administration of the company.

She grew up on farms in Illinois and Missouri, and her family proudly owns farms in Edgar County and Moultrie County (a state-designated Sesquicentennial farm). Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Eastern Illinois University.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting, baking, and being involved with her church and various community clubs and organizations. She holds leadership roles in the Arthur Area Economic Development Corporation, Arthur Area Tourism Council, and the Bourbon-Lowe Cemetery Association. She’s an active member of the First Baptist Church of Arthur, Arthur FFA Alumni, and the Arthur Lions Club.

Vic Heinold - Ag Recruiter Specializing in Grain, Feed and Nutrition

Vic Heinold
(217) 543-2505

Vic was raised in Kouts, Indiana.  He graduated from Kouts High School and attended Purdue University.  In 1976, he assumed the responsibility for the family business, Heinold Elevator and Feeds.  During his tenure from 1976 until 2004, Heinold Feeds became one of the top specialty feed manufacturers in the nation and a highly recognized pre-mix manufacturer specializing in Dairy.

In November of 2004, Vic was elected to the Indiana State Senate where he sponsored and authored numerous bills making Indiana a business-friendly state for agriculture, especially ethanol production.  In May of 2007, he retired from the Senate and accepted a full-time position with Consolidated Grain & Barge as General Manager of the Feed Ingredient Division with a strong emphasis on Distillers Dried Grains.  Vic left CGB in the fall of 2011, and in October 2011, he joined AGRI-SEARCH as a Professional Agricultural Recruiter specializing in the grain and feed and nutrition industries and a variety of management positions with state and national agriculture associations.

He is the father of five children and proud grandfather of 15.  His civic activities, to name a few, include The Gideons International, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program, Florida Feed Association, American Feed Industry Association, and Indiana Grain and Feed Association of which he served as Chairman.

Nate Witsman
(217) 543-2505

Nate was raised in Charleston, Illinois, and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2003. After college, Nate moved to the northwest suburbs of Chicago where he began his professional recruiting career working for a large recruitment company on a wide variety of positions. He moved back to central Illinois in 2008, and after working independently, he joined an MRI Network affiliate office out of Bloomington, Illinois. He worked there for seven years specializing in placing mid- to executive-level Engineering and Sales professionals with equipment manufacturers and system integrators around the U.S.

Nate is excited to bring his 13 years of recruiting experience to help expand AGRI-SEARCH’s ability to serve clients and candidates in the agricultural industry. His focus will be partnering with Agricultural Equipment Manufacturers and related companies to recruit leading Engineering and Sales professionals.

Nate is passionate about his faith and family and is an avid woodworker and fly fisherman.

Rich Connell - Founder and Retired Ag Recruiter with AGRI-SEARCH

Rich Connell


Rich received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Iowa State University and spent nine years on the family farm in northwest Iowa.  The next 23 years he worked in sales and management with Farmland Industries.

Rich then joined the farmer-marketing program for a commodity brokerage firm where he established a personnel search division before forming his own company, Rich Connell AGRI-SEARCH, Inc. in 1995.  Officially retired since December 31, 2001, Rich enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, University of Illinois football and basketball, and attending several trade shows and career fairs each year with the RCAS staff.