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Antrim or Benzie County, MI

Position Title: Extension Educator (Northwest Michingan Farm Management Educator)

Position Location: Antrim or Benzie County, MI

Position Overview: As part of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position will provide local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in Farm Management with emphasis on whole-farm business analysis. The successful applicant will work with farmers and agribusiness across northwest Michigan and work statewide as appropriate. This position will collaborate across work teams, Institutes and commodity groups, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of Michigan agricultural industries. This position will be the regional point-of-contact for eastern Michigan and provide leadership and educational programming expertise in farm management with an emphasis on farm business analysis, business transition, income tax education, and general farm business management topics such as economics of technologies and return on investment. The successful applicant will design, implement and evaluate educational programming that is research based, will address the needs of clientele groups; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, in-person education, social media, use of distance education technologies, written articles, bulletins, etc. The successful candidate will provide learning experiences and information for farmers and agri-business professionals that will contribute to enhancing profitable agricultural products, contribute to the short and long-term viability of farms, and the economic well- being of Michigan residents, and serve as an informational resource for Extension personnel.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to farm business management preferred; candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in a field of study related to farm business management and associated experience, will be considered with the expectation to complete a Master's degree within a specified time frame, in a related field, prior to employment. (see full description for complete list of requirements)

Application Process: To view the full position description and required qualifications, please visit the applicable Michigan State University careers page (internal candidate or external candidate) as noted under the To Apply section. Search for posting number 611379 using the Job Search field.

Applicants are asked to provide a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references (at least two prior supervisors) including email addresses.

This position is a full-time, fixed term end dated appointment.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package: https://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html

Application deadline: November 4, 2019

TO APPLY: Current MSU Employees: Access the EBS portal. Under the My Career and Training section, select the Careers @ MSU tile to view Internal Job Postings.

External Applicants: Visit http://careers.msu.edu.

Posting Number: 611379

Contact for Questions: msue.hr@msu.edu

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

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Date Posted: 9/26/19

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Georgetown, DE

Location: Georgetown, Delaware

Position Title: Extension Agent II, Cooperative Extension Service

Job no: 494507

Work type: Staff

Categories: Extension and Outreach, Full Time

Pay Grade: 30E

Context of the job: Agriculture is a major industry in Delaware and on the Delmarva (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia) peninsula. In this region, poultry, grain crops, fresh market vegetables, and processing vegetables are the primary agricultural commodities.

The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension serves as the link between the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and local communities. Delaware Cooperative Extension delivers high quality, science-based information in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, youth development, and family & consumer sciences. This position will help support the agricultural community in Delaware, as part of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and professionals in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The Farm Business Management Agent serves as a recognized statewide resource in commercial agriculture production to help improve business profitability through informed decision-making. Working closely with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Agriculture team, the Agent will identify and address important business management issues for farmers and the agriculture industry. Some potential areas the agent could work on include crop, poultry, and livestock enterprise analysis, farm machinery/precision ag technology economics, crop insurance, grain marketing, economics of alternative agricultural enterprises, economics of sustainable agriculture methods, strategic planning, financial management, business agreements, farm succession, and retirement planning. This will include in-person visits, development and delivery of agricultural workshops, presenting at annual educational meetings such as Delaware Ag Week and Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School, and working together with external partners. This position will be located at the University of Delaware Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, Delaware and will report to the Director.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop an Extension program that will enhance and expand the economic viability of agricultural enterprises in Delaware.
  • Identify critical areas of concern related to farm financial management, emerging alternative agricultural enterprises, and risk management.
  • Employ a variety of educational delivery methods to help clientele (farmers, agriculture industry) understand and adopt new practices, procedures, and skills based on current science. Delivery methods include on-site visits, newsletters, fact sheets, educational meetings, workshops, short courses, and the UD Extension website.
  • Collaborate with county-based Extension staff and with agricultural Extension Specialists in Delaware and the region to answer research questions and deliver educational programs at Delaware Agriculture Week, Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School and other collaborative outreach events.
  • Develop relationships and work closely with various external agencies such as Farm Service Agency, USDA Rural Development, and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit.
  • Document and track program impact based on stated objectives, develop effective evaluation techniques, and enter this information into internal tracking software.
  • Continue to develop professional expertise and mentor less experienced Extension staff.
  • Implement initiatives in support of the affirmative action plan; ensure equal opportunity and access to Extension programs for all individuals.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus four years’ experience or Master’s degree plus two years’ experience, in consulting, Extension teaching or research in farm business management, agricultural business, agricultural economics, finance, accounting, or related discipline.
  • Knowledge of farm business management practices, business planning and farm business analysis.
  • Experience with and knowledge of the challenges facing agriculture regionally and in Delaware.
  • Experience in developing and delivering educational programs to the public.
  • Evidence of service and demonstrated leadership skills working with the agricultural private sector, trade organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies.
  • Successful record of forming strong working relationships with producers, agricultural organizations, academic colleagues, and the public.
  • Effective communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of Extension programming which involves responding to clientele and community needs.
  • Proficient computer and technological skills including use of software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and website updates.
  • Grant writing experience preferred.
  • Travel using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided).
  • This position requires some irregular work hours, such as occasional nighttime and weekend work.

Applications close: November 15, 2019 Eastern Standard Time.

Apply: https://careers.udel.edu/en-us/job/494507/extension-agent-ii-cooperative-extension-service

Date Posted: 11/5/19

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Colby, KS

TITLE: Extension Agricultural Economist, Kansas Farm Management Association, Northwest
This is a joint appointment between KFMA NW and K-State Research and Extension

LOCATION: Colby, Kansas

RESPONSIBILITIES: 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. Assist cooperating farms with development of a comprehensive and accurate accounting of the farm. Complete records are the essential foundation of all KFMA services provided
  3. Provide KFMA members with:
    1. Regular, scheduled on-farm visits each year (at times requiring extensive travel within the association)
    2. An annual accrual whole-farm business analysis utilizing KFMA software to collect and process information
    3. An annual economic analysis of farm enterprises
    4. Benchmarks of farm performance in comparison to similar farms and/or industry standards
    5. Guidance based on interpretation of whole-farm, enterprise, and benchmark analysis
    6. Guidance and recommendations in estate planning, farm succession planning, and business entity structure
  4. Learn and understand federal and state income tax regulations as they apply to farm businesses. This includes significant time spent working with members on:
    1. Tax implications of farm business management decisions
    2. Year-end tax planning and management
    3. Preliminary income tax related work for KFMA NW members
    4. Final income tax filing as an employee of Northwest Kansas Agricultural Tax Services, Inc. (with consulting leave time taken from Extension Agricultural Economist position)
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Participate in continuing education to expand farm income tax and farm management technical skills

QUALIFICATIONS Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Accounting, Finance or related field and at least two 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 and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • 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)

QUALIFICATIONS Preferred:

  • Tax-related accounting coursework
  • Farm income-tax preparation experience

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

ABOUT KFMA NW: KFMA NW provides a farm business analysis educational program to member farm families in a 17 county area. Principal crops are wheat, corn and grain sorghum. Livestock enterprises in NW Kansas are primarily focused on beef production. Average farm size is 4,000 crop acres.

APPLICATION DATE: Screening of applications will begin on March 2, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date is on or after April 20, 2020 and is negotiable with the KFMA, NW Board of Directors and KFMA Executive Director. May 2020 graduates are encouraged to apply.

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, Northwest; 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 NW association area but may occasionally involve overnight travel to other areas of Kansas. Reimbursement is provided for travel and subsistence related to program activities. The use of an association vehicle or mileage reimbursement will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified persons are invited to apply at https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/508292 by completing the following:

  1. Upload a letter of application
  2. Upload a resume including contact information for 3 professional references. Each reference will be asked to upload a letter of support for the applicant
  3. Upload official transcripts of all post-secondary course work

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: Jennifer Wilson, 121 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. KSRE EEO Counselor: Gregg Hadley, 123 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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Date Posted: 11/5/19, Updated: 12/10/19

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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.

LOCATION: Dodge City, Kansas

Responsibilites: 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. Assist cooperating farms with development of a comprehensive and accurate accounting of the farm. Complete records are the essential foundation of all KFMA services provided
  3. Provide KFMA members with:
    1. Regular, scheduled on-farm visits each year (at times requiring extensive travel within the association)
    2. An annual accrual whole-farm business analysis utilizing KFMA software to collect and process information
    3. An annual economic analysis of farm enterprises
    4. Benchmarks of farm performance in comparison to similar farms and/or industry standards
    5. Guidance based on interpretation of whole-farm, enterprise, and benchmark analysis
    6. Guidance and recommendations in estate planning, farm succession planning, and business entity structure
  4. Learn and understand federal and state income tax regulations as they apply to farm businesses. This includes significant time spent working with members on:
    1. Tax implications of farm business management decisions
    2. Year-end tax planning and management
    3. Preliminary income tax related work for KFMA SW members
    4. Final income tax filing as an employee of Southwest Kansas Agricultural Tax Services, Inc. (with consulting leave time taken from Extension Agricultural Economist position)
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Participate in continuing education to expand farm income tax and farm management technical skills

QUALIFICATIONS Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Accounting, Finance or related field and at least two 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 and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • 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)

QUALIFICATIONS Preferred:

  • Tax-related accounting coursework
  • Farm income-tax preparation experience

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

About KFMA SW: KFMA SW 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.

APPLICATION DATE: Screening of applications will begin on February 17, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date is on or after April 5, 2020 and is negotiable with the KFMA SW Board of Directors and KFMA Executive Director. May 2020 graduates are encouraged to apply.

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 http://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 is provided for travel and subsistence related to program activities. The use of an association vehicle or mileage reimbursement will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY: Qualified persons are invited to apply at https://careers.k-state.edu/cw/en-us/job/508488 by completing the following:

  1. Upload a letter of application
  2. Upload a resume including contact information for 3 professional references. Each reference will be asked to upload a letter of support for the applicant.
  3. Upload official transcripts of all post-secondary course work

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: Jennifer Wilson, 121 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506. KSRE EEO Counselor: Gregg Hadley, 123 Umberger Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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Date Posted: 12/10/19

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