Field Crops Specialist (Cooperative Extension); Ellicottville, New York
Field Crops Specialist
Southwest New York Region Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Ellicottville, New York
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Steuben Counties, Cornell University Cooperative Extension and faculty to provide educational programs for the commercial dairy, livestock and field crops industries, using research-based information to improve the productivity and profitability of these industries in New York State.
Primarily, the objectives of the Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program are to maintain and improve the competitiveness and profitability of the New York dairy and livestock industries in a regional and national market; evaluate new technologies and management practices through applied research; assist in the adoption and implementation of appropriate technologies; improve the quality of dairy and livestock products available to consumers; and to reduce financial, legal, labor and environmental risks.
Focus of the position:
Provide commercial crop growers, producers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess production and management practices related to forage crop production that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the dairy and livestock industry in the Southwestern New York region. Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities. Focus will be on forage production and soil and nutrient management practices. Emphasis will be on field crop production including: soil, water and nutrient management, forage and grain production, variety selection, pest and disease management related to field crops, and new technologies.
The job duties include:
Providing producers and industry with a framework to analyze production and management alternatives and to maximize profit opportunities based on emerging best-management practices.
Initiating and conducting field demonstrations and in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of commercial crop production in the Southwestern New York region.
Supporting efforts in planning and implementing of regional and statewide events and conferences directly related to Cornell, Cooperative Extension or related collaborators.
Preparing quarterly reports, impact statements, and yearly success stories on program progress and accomplishments.
Communicating evaluation results, findings, and making recommendations to program partners and funders.
Supporting Cornell University and Cooperative Extension system-wide initiatives through participation in program work teams, ad-hoc committees, and advisory groups.
Participating in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.
This position is full-time and will be located in Ellicottville, New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
Master's Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Agronomy and / or Field Crops, or closely associated agricultural fields.
2+ years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Crop Production, Cooperative Extension, or closely related fields.
Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating and communicating the results of applied research.
Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings; working effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Proven organizational and time-management skills.
Ability to define, conduct and interpret applied research and demonstration projects.
Successful experience obtaining new funding including grants and industry support.
Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet and Social Media).
Appreciation of Agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
Ability to meet the travel requirements of the job.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
Must possess or have the ability to acquire a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification and New York State Certified Pesticide Applicators License within one year from start date.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
Coursework in Agronomy, Forage Production, Soil Science, Nutrient Management, Precision Agriculture, Pest Management, Adult Education, and Communications.
5+ years of relevant work experience.
Knowledge of current and emerging issues and production practices of dairy and field crops.
Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Craig Trowbridge at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about Cornell Cooperative Extension and Regional Agriculture Teams can be found at
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