The Area Small Farms Extension Associate will work closely with northeastern North Carolina small farmers and Extension Agents. The position will work to assess and respond to the needs of limited-resource small farmers and extension agents of northeastern North Carolina in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with commodity-oriented teams of research and Extension specialists and will be expected to develop and lead a nationally recognized Extension and applied research program on small farms and production in the northeastern Region of North Carolina. Extension responsibilities will focus on developing educational materials and programs for County Extension Agents, limited resource populations, small farmers, new and beginning small farmers, and other agribusinesses. The applied research program will focus on addressing relevant and practical issues facing North Carolina's small farmers and align with the mission and vision of Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T. This position provides training and technical assistance directed at enhancing the small farmer family's quality of life and income through the adoption of appropriate technology, alternative enterprises, increased production for local markets, farm management, record keeping and diversified marketing strategies in the assigned area. This position will be housed in Currituck County.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an educational outreach organization within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Cooperative Extension at A&T provides researched-based educational information, programming, and technical assistance to limited-resource audiences that address a diverse range of issues in four programmatic areas – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community and Rural Development, and 4-H Youth Development. Together with its partners – North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, a dynamic and resourceful system is formed. In addition to campus operations, The Cooperative Extension Program has professionally staffed offices in almost half of the 100 counties in North Carolina and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. In northeastern North Carolina new farm enterprises are emerging that are dependent on the local market for income. Some of these diverse enterprises may include vegetables, fruit, grass-fed beef, pork, poultry, aquaculture, small scale timber, and specialty crops. Farmers markets, community supported agriculture and restaurants in northeastern North Carolina place a high value on locally produced products. Agribusiness initiatives are helping farmers capitalize on the growing market for local foods. Farmers are being connected with local grocers, food services, and institutions that are beginning to demand a greater supply of locally produced foods.
Internal job number: 009580
-A Master's degree from an accredited university in agricultural education, extension education, agricultural science, horticulture, animal sciences, or a related field is required. -The ability to work independently without direct supervision. -The ability to work and interact with diverse populations. -The ability to lead applied research. -Skills in leadership, communication, networking, budgeting, and public relations. -Computer literacy (proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Office) -Strong oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills. -The ability to network with community partners and agencies and maintain working relationships. -The ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. -Valid Driver's license and personal transportation. -The ability to travel and work after hours/weekends as needed. -Must be able to lift and carry training supplies and equipment needed for farm demonstrations and workshops.
-Master's degree in agricultural education, extension education, plant and soil science, horticulture, animal sciences, or a related field and two or more years of experience with horticulture crop production or plant production system (including, but not limited to soil, water, crop, and pest management). -Experience of direct marketing of agricultural products. -Experience with applied research on farm plots. -Experience writing and administering grants. -At least five years of extension experience working with small farmers and limited resource clients. -Experience planning virtual and face to face programs. -Experience and knowledge of mass media, marketing, and presentations.
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