Leading Agriculture Recruiting Firm


Continental Search is a premier agriculture recruiting firm. Our six agriculture recruiters provide clients with effective hiring tools and top performing talent to meet and exceed their business goals. Our firm has two divisions: Animal Health & Nutrition, and Agriculture Technology & Manufacturing.



We recruit solo contributors, managers, and executives for small to mid-sized agricultural companies and USA divisions of global agricultural leaders. We work with agricultural technology businesses, animal health, and animal nutrition manufacturers, integrated food companies, and more.



We use a comprehensive approach, which includes traditional headhunting, social media research, in-depth interviews, and reference checks.



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Dan Simmons, CPC

Jim Hipskind, CPC

Rick Pascual, CPC, PRC

Trish Valenzuela, CPC, PRC

Andy Chatterjee, CPC

Maria Codilla, CPC


I enjoy working with Dan on our recruiting efforts! He takes time to learn the company needs, talk with the key managers involved in hiring and then aims to find candidates that meet the current needs. We have successfully hired over 5 candidates through Dan in the past few years.

Peg Finnegan, Ridley, Inc.

Dan Simmons is a most professional business partner to work with. I/we have used the services of his agency many times. He has always been fair and helpful; easy to work with and communicate with; ethical and honest in his dealings; will address issues and concerns, and a person I would highly recommend anyone to work with and through. Additionally, Dan is hardworking and thorough, willing to go the ‘extra mile’ for anyone who works with him. I highly recommend Dan Simmons for your consideration.

Wayne Cooke, Renaissance Nutrition

I have used Dan for many recruiting assignments. He has always been excellent to work with and very professional in his approach to recruiting candidates. He takes time to make sure he understands the needs in the position that you have to fill and presents only candidates that truly are a good fit. I highly recommend him.

Jerry Flakne, Kent Feeds/Blue Seal Feeds

Dan, Understands the industry and our business, he works to create the right opportunities for candidates as well for us. Dan has a high level of integrity and is a pleasure to work with.

Mike Tetreault SPHR, GM-Sr. VP, Poulin Grain Inc.

Dan is well connected into the Animal Nutrition industry and has provided quality candidates on a consistent basis.

Eddie Wells, President , Milk Specialties Global

As a sales manager for a feed company, I have used Dan numerous times to identify qualified candidates. I have always found Dan to be honest about each potential hire and believed he had the best interest of the company in mind. If a candidate was not a fit, Dan would work hard to find the right candidate. I have used Dan as a resource to discuss employees and compensation. ?Best of all I have always enjoyed working with Dan, he is a great guy.

Larry Whitaker, National Sales Manager , Papillon Agricultural Company

Dan is the first person I think of when I need staffing. He is on the ball, professional and gets us qualified, competent applicants.

William Robinson, President , Kreamer Feed Inc

Dan has helped me find many successful candidates who I have hired in sales, technical and managerial positions. Dan works hard to fully understand the company’s culture, needs and business plan while thoroughly vetting candidates to insure that I only see the best. He is very collaborative in his approach and unvarnished in his assessment of the candidates. I continue to use Dan on a regular basis; respecting his insight and judgement.

Randy Schwalke , Owner of Feed Marketing LLC & Senior Consultant at AgriCapital Corporation

Dan listens well and worked hard to fill my needs as well as the needs of the candidate. He stays updated on the industry and offered a broad range of candidates with different goals and expectations. His follow-up was very good, and he is punctual. I continue to use Dan and would highly recommend him.

Jody Sullivan, PAS, Director of Sales, Global Animal Products

Dan knows the agricultural industry well and has good contacts within companies. The candidates he has provided are well vetted. The candidate I hired has performed to the level expected, partially based on Dan’s initial assessment.

Kevin Murphy, Global Technical Director, Virtus Nutrition

He will listen to your needs and will produce an opportunity with great efficiency. Dan will coach you through to process and you will feel his passion to help you.

Todd Owens, Director of Nutrition & Technical Services , ILC Resources

I’ve worked with Dan both while seeking a position and while hiring. As a job-seeker, I found Dan did a great job shepherding me through the hiring process, providing excellent communication on where things were at and where they were heading. When looking for candidates (I hired several of Dan’s clients), Dan was able to find people that not only had the technical skills required, but also had the right personalities to fit our company’s culture. He recognizes a good fit for both the employee and employer.

David Kirk, Dairy Technology Manager , Prince Agri Products

Dan has helped me with acquiring personnel. My last work with Dan involved the ultimate hiring of my current Project Engineer. That was a great experience and the candidate is still with us and doing a fantastic job.
Look forward to working with Dan again.

William Monroe, Manager Feed Mill Operations , Southern States Cooperative

Dan has produced excellent results for our company. He has brought to us excellent talent and seems to know where and how to find great folks. I highly recommend Dan.

Mike Horn, President and CEO (Retired), Pennfield

After working with many recruiters over my career, I can confidently state that Dan and his team are the best in my experience. Dan has become like a ex-officio member of our organization making sure in advance that candidates are the right fit culturally as well as having the right skill sets. You will be pleased if you try Dan for your recruiting.

Carl Dern, Director of Animal Feed Sales, Dasco, Inc.

Dan is a professional recruiter with a heart that understands people and their individual needs. He looks at each person for who they are and has a wonderful ability to find the position and company that best fits the person he is working with. I consider Dan both a friend and a business partner and have had the privilege of being able to pick up the phone and talk with him as needed.

Alden Bowman, Dairy Specialist , Hubbard Feeds

Dan is great to work with. He found a job for me that was an excellent fit and he did it about 8 years after our initial conversation. I was impressed with the details that he remembered about me, and what I desired in my career.

Rod Riewer, Technical Services Director , Feedworks, USA

Dan was a great help in gaining my current employment. His advice was spot on and greatly appreciated. He was definitely in my corner.

Philip Wood, Product Manager , DeLaval for Liners & Tubes Global Regions North & South America and East Asia

Dan was great to work with and so helpful and supportive! He found me a job that I love!

Christa Rice, Dairy Nutrition/Calf Specialist , White Oak Mills

Dan did a super job. He stands out head and shoulders above his peers in performance and professionalism.

John McFadden , Pharmaceuticals Professional

I have worked with Dan on two different occasions to find a job, once when first out of school and again when the first company closed down 3 years later. I cannot stress enough the value that Dan brought to me as a job seeker. He took the time to get to know me well enough to make recommendations about companies that would be a good fit for me and he was right both times. He is a man of integrity and extremely dependable. When Dan says he is going to do something it is done when and how he says it will be done. His level of professionalism is unparalleled. I would not hesitate to work with Dan again if the situation calls for it and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of help finding work in agribusiness.

Tim Doherty, Dairy Specialist , Ridley Inc. Hubbard Feeds

I am pleased to recommend Dan as a wonderful recruiter, amazing professional and an all-round good guy! I worked with Dan in my job search, and discovered that Dan is a no-nonsense, straight-talking, hard-working recruiter with excellent industry knowledge and a strong will to help his clients. He was responsible for helping me obtain a great position at Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, where I am challenged, encouraged to be creative, and suitably rewarded. Dan thinks outside the box; and helps his clients on either side of the recruitment table find a perfect match.

Gaurav Dogra, Research Associate III Testing R&D

Dan is not only very skilled at knowing how the animal industry operates, but also which available positions would fit the right person. His honesty and reliability make him the first person I guide people toward when looking for a career.

Greg Hibbard, Research Supervisor , AFB International

My dealings with Dan have been very satisfactory. I found him to be extremely professional, punctual, and thorough in his role as a recruiter. While that may not sound unique those are rare qualities in his profession which is one reason he stands out. I also believe Dan develops respect on both sides of the recruiting equation, with the company and the candidate. I would highly recommend him and his services.

Bruce Hageman, General Manager , iNOVOTEC Animal Care


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Sanford Rose Associates®

Continental Search is a member of the Sanford Rose Associates network of offices, comprised of an elite network of independently-owned executive search firms that provide personal service and undivided attention to our clients and candidates. We’re recognized at a a top 10 recruiting firm by Executive Search Review.

National Association of Personnel Services

NAPS is the oldest recruiting industry association, offering certification programs, continuing education initiatives, eLearning and an annual conference. We are proud to be a member and be certified by NAPS as a Nationally Accredited Firm and as Certified Personnel Consultants.

The American Feed Industry Association

The American Feed Industry Association is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Continental Search has been a member for over 10 years.

Poultry Science Association

Since 1908, the Poultry Science Association has maintained a level of prestige that ranks it among the top professional organizations in the field. For over a century, PSA’s member scientists have contributed through their research to the growth of the poultry industry and the development of safer and more nutritious food products for the consumer. Continental Search’s Poultry & Swine Recruiter, Trish Valenzuela is a member of PSA.

The American Dairy Science Association

The American Dairy Science Association is an organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives committed to advancing the dairy industry and aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive, and health requirements of the world’s population. Ruminant Nutrition & Health Recruiter, Rick Pascual is a member of ADSA.

American Society of Animal Science

For more than 100 years the American Society of Animal Science has served professionals in the animal sciences foster the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the care and responsible use of animals to enhance animal and human health and well-being. ASAS is a leading source of new knowledge and perspective. Ruminant Nutrition & Health Recruiter, Rick Pascual is a member of ASAS.

Top Echelon Network

Top Echelon Network is America’s leading split placement network providing recruiters across the nation to work collaboratively to help clients identify and recruit the best possible talent. Continental Search has been a member since 1996, and won dozens of production awards within this 500 member organization.

Delmarva Chicken Association

Continental Search is proud to be a member of Delmarva Chicken Association and an annual sponsor of one of their key events, the National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing and Live Production. Meet Dan Simmons and Trish Valenzuela at this important industry event.

The Equine Science Society

The Equine Science Society promotes quality research on equine nutrition and physiology and strives to establish effective communication among researchers, teachers, extension, and production personnel regarding equine nutrition and physiology. Dan Simmons is a member of ESS and enjoys networking with members.


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