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Extension Agricultural Economist, Kansas Farm Management Association, Northeast

Apply now Department: 3670035060 KS Farm Management Association
Job no: 507989
Work type: Extension Agent / Educator
Location: Other
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Business / Accounting / Finance, Community Development / Community Vitality, Crop Production
Pay Grade: 001

General Description of Position:

TITLE:  Extension Agricultural Economist, Kansas Farm Management Association, Northeast

This is a joint appointment between KFMA NE and K-State Research and Extension

Kansas Farm Management Association, Northeast (KFMA NE), with offices in Holton, Hiawatha and Council Grove, Kansas, provides a farm business analysis educational program to member farm families in a 16-county area.  Principal crops are soybeans, corn, wheat, alfalfa hay and other forages.  This is a livestock intensive area of Kansas. Average farm size is 1,700 crop acres.

LOCATION:  Holton, Kansas

Information about Kansas Farm Management Association:

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

Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.

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 100 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
    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 NE members
    4. Final income tax filing as an employee of Northeast Kansas Agricultural Tax Services, Inc. (with 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

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • 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)

Preferred:

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

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must upload 

  • cover letter,
  • resume including contact information for three professional references. Each reference will be asked to upload a letter of support, 
  • official transcripts of all post-secondary course work coursework.  

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications will begin on October 14, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.  The starting date is on or after November 25, 2019 and is negotiable with the KFMA, NE Board of Directors and KFMA Executive Director. December 2019 and May 2020 graduates are encouraged to apply.

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

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, Northeast; 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:

Travel, which will be required for this position, is primarily within the KFMA NE 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.

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 Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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