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Fargo, ND

Position Title: Extension Farm Management Specialist

Position Location: Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, North Dakota State University

Position Description: 100% Extension, Twelve-month appointment

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to lead a nationally recognized Extension program in farm management. The program will focus on the economics of crop and livestock production systems, enterprise analysis to include publishing crop and livestock budgets, analysis of federal farm programs and crop insurance, evaluating the economics of new/emerging agricultural technologies and responding to farm management questions. Extension responsibilities include developing and delivering innovative Extension programs that enhance the knowledge and decision making of farm/ranch managers, agricultural lenders and agribusiness leaders regarding farm management issues. The successful candidate is also expected to lead farm bill education and analysis.

The primary clientele will be farm/ranch managers, Extension agents, agricultural lenders, agribusinesses, industry organizations and state and federal government agencies. Collaboration with Extension agents, other Agribusiness and Applied Economics faculty, colleagues in other agricultural disciplines and professional colleagues at regional and national levels is necessary. Applied research that supports the Extension program is expected. A successful specialist will generate extramural funding to augment Extension programming.

The successful candidate reports to the Department Chair for evaluations.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum requirements include:

  1. An earned Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Production Economics or related field
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills and essential information technology skills
  3. Academic training and/or experience in agriculture, farm management and/or agribusiness
  4. Familiarity with Extension programming
  5. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and in a team environment

Preferred qualifications include:

  1. Evidence of effective Extension programming and/or applied research
  2. Familiarity with Northern Plains agriculture
  3. Experience in farm/ranch or agribusiness management or agricultural finance
  4. Demonstrated ability to secure and administer external funds
  5. Successful publication of Extension and/or research results;
  6. Experience in developing and delivering educational programs, including video conferencing, audio/video web streaming or podcasting
  7. A valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one

SALARY: The position offers a competitive salary and benefits package

POSITION AVAILABLE: August 1, 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Initial screening of applicants will begin September 3, 2018, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applications are accepted online only. A full position description and application procedures can be viewed at: https://jobs.ndsu.edu/.

Application materials must include a letter of application including a statement of principal qualifications and interests, curriculum vitae, transcripts of all university work, and names and contact information for three professional colleagues familiar with the candidate’s qualifications. Questions may be directed to Frayne Olson (Frayne.olson@ndsu.edu), Chair of the search committee.

About the Department, the University and the Region:

The Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics has developed strong regional support for the excellence of its teaching, research, and outreach programs. The Department is composed of 18 tenure track faculty, 5 research professors, and 10 lecturers and research or Extension specialists. Research strengths are found in international trade, agribusiness, and agricultural economics. Faculty in the Department are actively involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching, especially in collaboration with the Great Plains Institute of Food Safety, the School of Natural Resource Sciences, and the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The Department currently offers three undergraduate majors (Economics, Agricultural Economics, and Agribusiness) and two M.S. degrees (Agribusiness and Applied Economics and International Agribusiness). The Department is considering a Ph.D. in Applied Economics and currently contributes to several interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs at North Dakota State University. North Dakota State University is the Land Grant University for North Dakota. Recent improvements in research activities have elevated the University’s research rankings and increased research budgets through greater success in attaining extramural funding. Extensive engagement with agribusiness firms, both domestic and international, are encouraged. Approximately 14,700 students attend NDSU. NDSU is an ADVANCE institution and Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution.

Fargo‐Moorhead enjoys one of the strongest economies of the Upper Midwest. Growth is driven by financial services, technology and software firms, agricultural manufacturing and food processing, and retailing. Fargo‐Moorhead is the largest metropolitan area between Minneapolis and Spokane, Washington. In the past few years, several magazines have proclaimed Fargo‐Moorhead as one of the most stress‐free metropolitan areas in America. "Quality of Life" is one of the most often‐repeated phrases that people use when describing the region. The Fargo‐Moorhead community has many qualities that contribute to this reputation, including an excellent K‐12 educational system, three universities (NDSU, Minnesota State University‐Moorhead, and Concordia College), advanced medical technology, a progressive business community, clean air and water, and a low cost of living relative to comparable metropolitan areas. A recent study by the Lung Association ranked Fargo as one of two U.S. cities with the cleanest air. Fargo‐Moorhead is a bustling and active metropolitan area of approximately 228,291 people offering a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, as well as an active and diverse visual and performing arts community.

NDSU is an equal opportunity institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. “This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans’ Preference requirements.”

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Date Posted: 7/11/18

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Dodge City, KS

Position Title: Extension Agricultural Economist, Kansas Farm Management Association, Southwest. This is a joint appointment between KFMA SW and K-State Research and Extension.

Kansas Farm Management Association, Southwest (KFMA SW), with an office in Dodge City, Kansas, provides a farm business analysis educational program to member farm families in a 23 county area. Principal crops are wheat, grain sorghum, irrigated corn and alfalfa. This is also a livestock intensive area of Kansas. Average farm size is 2,300 crop acres.

LOCATION: Dodge City, Kansas

APPLICATION DATE: Screening of applications will begin on October 12, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date is on or after December 3, 2018 and is negotiable with the KFMA, SW Board of Directors and KFMA Executive Director.

KFMA VISION: The Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA), through its affiliation with K-State Research and Extension, will be the valued and trusted provider of integrated data management systems to apply critical thinking and strategic business planning for farm and ranch decision makers; and will be the premier source of farm-level economic data in the world.

KFMA MISSION AND PURPOSE:

  • To work as an efficient team of economists, serving on the management team for KFMA member farms, as a farm business management resource
  • To provide high quality and timely farm recordkeeping, financial analysis and tax management
  • To achieve the goal of improved farm and family decision making, resulting in increased farm profitability and sustainability

RESPONSIBILTIES: The foundation of the KFMA program is providing education and consultation to member farms in the area of farm business management. KFMA Economists strive to provide cooperating farms with resources to make informed financial, production, and tax management decisions. In order to achieve this goal, an Extension Agricultural Economist is expected to:

  1. Develop and maintain a relationship with membership of approximately 80 cooperating commercial farms
  2. Provide cooperating farms with:
    • Assistance with recordkeeping in order to develop a complete and accurate accounting of the farm, which is the foundation of all services provided
    • Regular, scheduled on-farm visits each year
    • An annual accrual whole-farm business analysis utilizing KFMA software to collect and process information
    • An annual economic analysis of farm enterprises
    • Benchmarks of farm performance in comparison to similar farms and/or industry standards
    • Guidance based on interpretation of whole-farm, enterprise, and benchmark analysis
    • Year-end tax planning and management
    • Tax preparation through Southwest Kansas Agricultural Tax Service (leave days are taken from Extension position to complete this activity)
    • Guidance and recommendations in estate planning, farm succession planning, and business entity structure
  3. Collect, process, and verify financial and production information from cooperating farms to be utilized by K-State Research and Extension for research, teaching, and other Extension programs
  4. Market and promote KFMA by supporting county, area, and state Extension personnel with technical expertise in the area of farm business and farm income tax management
  5. Participate in continuing education to expand farm income tax and farm management technical skills

QUALIFICATIONS Required:

  • College degree in Agricultural Economics, Accounting, Finance or related field and at least three years of acceptable performance in a position in one of the following areas: agricultural economics, agricultural finance, agribusiness, accounting or closely related field

OR

  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Accounting or related field

AND

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all college coursework
  • Minimum of 6 hours of coursework in accounting
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and groups
  • Evidence of solid planning, prioritization and organizational skills
  • Good understanding of production agriculture
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer technology, software and applications
  • Demonstrated expertise in understanding and communicating sound farm accounting principles and economic relationships in agriculture
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Self-discipline to work independently, and flexibility to work as part of a team
  • Ability to handle a workload that varies depending on the time of year (heavy workload required November-April)

SALARY: Commensurate with training and experience as negotiated by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University; the Board of Directors of Kansas Farm Management Association, Southwest; and the applicant.

BENEFITS: This is an unclassified position in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University. The K-State benefit package includes a retirement plan, group health and life insurance, worker’s compensation, vacation, sick leave and other benefits. For additional information on benefits, see www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/overview/.

Travel, which will be required for this position, is primarily within the KFMA SW association area but may occasionally involve overnight travel to other areas of Kansas. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence related to achieving program objectives including either use of an association provided vehicle or mileage reimbursement will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified persons are invited to apply at http://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/504766/ by completing the following:

  1. Upload a letter of application
  2. Upload a resume including contact information for 3 professional references
  3. Upload official transcripts of all post-secondary course work
  4. Arrange for three letters of reference to be sent by the application deadline to Judy Duryee, judym@ksu.edu.

If selected for the position, the applicant will grant permission to Kansas State University’s Human Capital Services to conduct a background check. Employment will be contingent upon the results of those findings.

For more information, contact: Mark Dikeman, Associate Director, Kansas Farm Management Association Program. Office: (785) 539-0373; E-mail: dikemanm@ksu.edu. The KFMA program website is www.AgManager.info/KFMA.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Kansas State University encourages diversity among its employees. KSRE EEO Coordinator: Stacey M. Warner, 121 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. KSRE EEO Counselor: Gregg Hadley, 123 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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Date Posted: 10/5/18

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Muskogee, OK

Position Title & Type: Area Agriculture Economics Specialist; Staff, Full-Time

OSU Campus: Cooperative Extension

Department: District Director's Office NE

LOCATION ADDRESS: 3007 Azalea Park DR, Muskogee, Oklahoma 74401, USA

Hiring Supervisor: Randal Pirtle

Hiring Range (Contingent upon available funding): 53,000.00-80,000.00, Salary

Work Schedule: Work schedule to be determined by supervisor

Job Summary:

  • This position is located in Muskogee, Oklahoma and serves the NE Extension District. Provides educational leadership to county, district, and statewide OCES programs in the area of agricultural economics.
  • The area specialist plays a critical role in interdisciplinary teams to develop the objective and comprehensive information needed by agricultural producers, natural resource owners, and agribusiness owners to make decisions to help improve agricultural income, sustainability, and the rural economy.
  • This position participates as a cohesive team member with other area specialists, state specialists, county educators, and district staff.
  • Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, etc., related to equal opportunity, civil rights, and affirmative action.
  • Continuation of employment is based upon need, performance and funding.
  • This is an exempt position (which indicates that the position is exempt from overtime pay/comp or personal time accrual). Regular office hours are 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00 p.m. According to OSU policy, a 40-hour workweek is considered minimal for exempt staff and you are expected to work hours in excess of 40 hours per week when the work load requires additional hours (to include some early mornings, evenings and/or weekends).
  • Requires travel within assigned district. Occasional overnight travel is required. Travel budget provided.
  • Must establish and maintain a domicile in the assigned Extension district.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Submit a letter of application indicating interests and background along with a complete resume, official transcripts and indicate year terminal degree granted, as well as three complete references which include name, address, and e-mail address. Transcripts can be attached or mailed to:

235 Ag Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
Attn: Amy Phipps

Position Qualifications:

Required:

  • Master's in Agricultural Economics or closely related.
  • Starting salary is based upon education and prior relevant work experience.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and communicate effectively, and to foster a professional image of OCES by displaying a positive view of the organization both internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt well to changing priorities, situations, and day-to-day demands.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to effectively manage time and resources.
  • Organizational skills including written, oral, and electronic are necessary.
  • A commitment to the continuation of personal professional development.
  • Evidence of ability to build and maintain relationships and work effectively with clientele, advisory groups, volunteer leaders, and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated competency and effective use of computing and computer-based communications technology.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in designing, promoting, presenting, and evaluating educational programs and the desire to program to reach diverse audiences.

Preferred:

  • Previous experience in Cooperative Extension or closely related work.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

For additional information go to https://okstate.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=3939&site=8

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Date Posted: 9/21/17

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