Regenerative Ag Systems Educator
As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position will conduct programming and research to increase the adoption of cropping systems practices that enhance farm resilience and reduce environmental impacts by improving soil health and enhancing ecosystem services in a manner that is cost effective. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams and commodity and conservation groups, for advancement of clientele needs.
In this position, you will identify, design, and implement projects that address priority concerns regarding the adoption of regenerative ag systems in Michigan and evaluate educational programs that meet industry needs. This can include diversified crop rotations, cover crops, changes in tillage practices, livestock integration, technological innovation, advanced fertility management, and the inclusion of agricultural conservation practices into farming systems. You will be expected to use a broad array of communication strategies, such as in-person and virtual meetings, social media, digital release of educational materials, and on-farm consultations.
Working collaboratively with KBS and MSU scientists, you will have the opportunity to be involved with applied research projects and demonstrations related to the LTAR program, LTER program, regenerative agriculture, and soil health. This can range from providing support to the execution of projects to leading projects and communicating the results to stakeholders.
Through collaboration with farmers, the agriculture and environmental community, and dissemination of research through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications, you will implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that improve the adoption of regenerative ag system practices. You will also develop, produce, and deliver outreach with messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with AABI and KBS messaging.
This position will be based at the MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station located in Hickory Corners, Michigan.
Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)
- Master’s degree in soil science, agronomy, horticulture, or crop science, with knowledge of regenerative agriculture systems, or related field.
Application Deadline: November 28, 2022.
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