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Extension Ag Economist- KFMA NC Abilene

Apply now Department: 3670099914 KS Farm Management Assoc - AFF
Job no: 516876
Employment type: Extension Agent / Educator
Location: Other
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Agriculture, Horticulture, Extension Agent / Educator, Animal Sciences / Livestock, Crop Production, Agronomy
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Extension Agricultural Economist, Kansas Farm Management Association, North Central

The Kansas Farm Management Association (KFMA) North 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 NC works with farm families in a 18-county area. Principal crops are corn, soybeans, wheat, and livestock forages, with an average farm size of 2,100 acres.

LOCATION: Abilene, Kansas

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.


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 70-80 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:
    • Regular, scheduled on-farm visits each year (at times requiring extensive travel within the association)
    • 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
    • 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:
    • Tax implications of farm business management decisions
    • Year-end tax planning and management
    • Preliminary income tax related work for KFMA NC members
    • Final income tax filing as an employee of North Central 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

What You'll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Accounting, Finance or related field
  • 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:

  • Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Accounting or related field


  • At least three years of acceptable performance in a position in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education, Accounting, Finance or related field
  • Tax-related accounting coursework
  • Farm income-tax preparation experience

Applicants who meet the required qualifications, but do not meet the preferred qualifications for this position may be considered for an Associate Extension Agricultural Economist position with KFMA, NC.  An Associate position is expected to successfully develop the skills and knowledge required for the position of Extension Agricultural Economist while providing support to the Extension Agricultural Economists working in the association.  The position is designed to lead into an Extension Agricultural Economist position with KFMA NC within two years if all objectives are met, based on regular evaluations during the training period. 

Specific responsibilities during the training period include: 

  1. Become proficient in farm record keeping systems used within the association (QuickBooks, Farmbooks, and manual record book) 
  2. Learn to efficiently use proprietary programs and spreadsheets for farm economic analysis and tax planning (K-MAR-105 Analysis System, K-MAR-105 Depreciation, and Microsoft Excel) 
  3. Develop an understanding of agricultural accounting, estate planning, business entity structure, and income tax management as they apply to farm businesses 
  4. Learn KFMA NC procedures to collect, process, and verify information from member farm businesses in order to complete a whole farm and enterprise analysis 
  5. Complete requirements to achieve IRS Enrolled Agent status 
  6. Provide support to KFMA NC Extension Agricultural Economists as they deliver economic analysis and technical expertise to KFMA member farm businesses 
  7. Develop skills necessary to complete tax forms (Forms 1096/1099, W-2/W-3, 1040, 1065, 1120, and 1120S) through North Central Kansas Agricultural Tax Service, Inc (Consulting Leave days taken from Extension position to complete final tax preparation) 

Salary, Benefits, and Professional Development:

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, North Central; and the applicant.

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




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

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications will begin on April 15, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. The starting date is negotiable with the KFMA, NC Board of Directors and KFMA Executive Director. Spring 2024 graduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information:


Contact Kellen L. Liebsch, Associate Director, Kansas Farm Management Association Program.

Office: (785) 539-0373; E-mail:  The KFMA program website is

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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