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Extension Ag Economist- KFMA SC

Apply now Department: 3670035060 KS Farm Management Association
Job no: 509472
Work type: Extension Agent / Educator
Location: Other
Categories: Agriculture, Business / Accounting / Finance, Extension Agent / Educator, Animal Sciences / Livestock, Agronomy
Pay Grade: 001

General Description of Position:

TITLE:  Extension Agricultural Economist, Kansas Farm Management Association, South Central

The Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) South Central is seeking applicants to fill the role of an Extension Agricultural Economist. The responsibilities of an Extension Agricultural Economist are varied but center around providing education and consultation to KFMA 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.

KFMA SC works with farm families in an 11 county area. Principal crops are wheat, corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum. Livestock enterprises in SC Kansas are primarily focused on beef production. Average farm size is 1,850 crop acres.

LOCATION:  Hutchinson, 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 90 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 South Central 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
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Participate in continuing education to expand farm income tax and farm management technical skills

Required Minimum Qualifications:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, 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 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 Qualifications:

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

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application must upload a letter of application, resume including contact information for three professional references (Each reference will be asked to upload a letter of support for the applicant), and official transcripts of all college 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 November 30, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.  The starting date is on or after January 18, 2021 and is negotiable with the KFMA, SC Board of Directors and KFMA Executive Director.

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, 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 http://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits/overview/.

Travel:

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

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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