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University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Posted: 05/9/2019
Extension Educator- Agricultural Business Management, SW Minnesota


The Extension Educator collaborates with SWMFBMA to bring in-depth expertise to cutting-edge issues, and apply his or her expertise to the programs and priorities of the Center for Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences within University of Minnesota Extension and the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association. The Educator is an integral part of the ABM team working with a specific Extension audience on educational topics such as risk management, financial management, strategic management, market planning, human resource management, business transfer and estate planning, resource acquisition, and policy impacts on Minnesota’s agricultural sector.

The Extension Educator employs appropriate educational program delivery systems including face-to-face presentations, technology-based methods, seminars, workshops, non-credit courses, and/or train-the-trainer approaches to educate farmers and other agricultural professionals. The Extension Educator is responsible for program development and delivery in cooperation with Southwest Farm Business Management contractors, other ABM team members, campus-based faculty and partners in the agricultural industry.

Attention to diversity, use of scholarly scientific research, effective partnership development, use of technology and continuing professional development are important to successful job performance. The Extension Educator may occasionally work in collaboration with University faculty and graduate students on applied research. This position is accountable to the Program Leader(s) in Agricultural Business Management for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions.


  • Develop and deliver high quality, outcome focused Extension educational programs for farmers and agricultural professionals,
  • Develop and maintain effective relationship with SWMFBMA Board of Directors and membership
  • Provide guidance to Association contractors
  • Work with other team members to conduct year-end farm financial analyses
  • Work with Extension Economists at the Center for Farm Financial Management to summarize financial data in an annual report and in the FINBIN database.
  • Develop presentations, factsheets, news articles, and blog posting to interpret the farm financial data collected and help farmers understand how to use it in decision making.
  • Inform and educate farmers about the Southwest Farm Business Management Association.
  • Work on interdisciplinary teams, utilize existing expertise at the University, to analyze business management strategies for farmers and other agricultural and rural businesses
  • Conduct market research, design, develop, deliver/implement, market, and evaluate educational programs based on scholarly/scientific theory and research and appropriate to their audiences in conjunction with ABM and other Extension teams
  • Work with and develop programs for new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences
  • Develop and maintain effective state, regional, industry, and university partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs
  • Use appropriate technology for communication, locating information and resources, program design, program delivery, and reporting
  • Assume project leadership on specific programs, projects, or priorities, as agreed to by the Program Leader(s).
  • Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study and/or other appropriate means.
  • Participate and succeed in progress regarding professional performance including the systems of annual performance review and a professional plan of work


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree at time of appointment in agricultural economics, agricultural business management, agricultural education, or related discipline 
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Technology-enhanced communication and teaching skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with farmers, colleagues, partners and stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, program participants and industry groups)
  • Knowledge of and ability to explain farm business management concepts and tools including, but not limited to: risk management, financial management, strategic management, market planning, human resource management, business transfer and estate planning, resource acquisition, and policy impacts on Minnesota’s agricultural sector
  • Own means for traveling throughout the state and legally required vehicle insurance.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agricultural economics, agricultural education, or related discipline
  • Three (3) or more years’ experience in a field related to the position
  • Experience designing, delivering and evaluating educational programs in agricultural business management
  • Experience with varied and diverse clientele and audiences, and demonstrated commitment to inclusion
  • Experience using technology in educational programming, and in particular, with FINPACK farm financial analysis software
  • Experience and/or academic specialization related to farming and other agricultural and rural businesses