Farm Business Management Specialist
South Central Dairy and Field Crops Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)
provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University’s role as
New York State’s Land Grant University.
Programmatically, Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE) with
55 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management, New York State Sea
Grant, Area Specialists, and CCE New York City.
The South Central New York Dairy and
Field Crops Program provides educational opportunities and technical assistance
to help the industry with emerging issues, production bottlenecks, and new
technologies. Our primary audiences are dairy and field crop producers as well
as agri-service providers with secondary audiences of the media, non-farm
residents and consumers. We focus on areas that will help improve farm
profitability within the region since farm financial success is a key to
maintaining a viable dairy and field crops industry. Our program's education
helps our industry respond to both internal and external forces that help it
keep pace in a rapidly changing world. This program is supported by Cornell
University and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Broome,
Chemung, Cortland, Onondaga, Tioga and Tompkins Counties.
Provide commercial producers and
industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources in
business management and economics of production necessary to assess production
and management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the
growth of the dairy, field crops and associated industries in South Central New
The job duties include:
- Provide leadership for planning, implementing and
evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and
opportunities with emphasis on business management and financial analysis for
commercial growers and other industry clientele. The program will include but is not limited
to: record keeping and business analysis; economics of production; financial
management, risk management, and business planning.
- Provide producers, growers and industry with a
framework to analyze production and management alternatives and to maximize
profit opportunities based on emerging best-management practices.
- Plan and implement educational programs utilizing a
variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, mass
media, newsletters, electronic technology and distance learning.
- Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the
input of all program partners and make recommendations for enhancing these
- Prepare quarterly reports and yearly impact statements
on program progress and accomplishments.
- Initiate and conduct appropriate applied research and
field demonstrations with both regional and statewide implications in economics
of commercial production as an educational outreach strategy.
- Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue
new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
- Support Cornell University and Cooperative Extension
system-wide initiatives through participation in program development work
teams, ad-hoc committees and advisory groups.
- Foster strong collaboration among faculty, peers, and
- Participate in professional development opportunities
appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.
This position is full-time and will be located in the South
Central New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension
depending on funding and performance.
- Masters Degree from an accredited institution with a major
in Agricultural Economics or closely associated fields.
- 2+ years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Dairy
and/or Field Crops Production, Cooperative Extension, or closely related
- Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating and
communicating the results of applied research.
- Demonstrated knowledge of principles, theory, and research
in the economics of commercial production and business management.
- 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
- Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job
- Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the
position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a
valid New York State driver’s license.
- Coursework in Animal and Crop Sciences, Marketing, Labor
Management, Adult Education, and Communications.
- 5+ years of relevant work experience.
- Knowledge and experience in current and emerging issues and
production practices of dairy, field crops and livestock farm businesses.
Please apply via Academic Jobs
Qualified applications should submit a cover letter, résumé, names of at
least three individuals who can be contacted to provide letters of
Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable
applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Janice Degni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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