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9 Jan 2019

National Director of Agronomy

Posted by Katie Settle, katie@producecareers.com – Anywhere

Job Description

Job #34508

Strong, growing produce company seeking Director of Agronomy who will directly supervise regional senior agronomists and a research and development manager.

Responsibilities

  • Facilitate with sites the development and execution of pest management programs to ensure adequate disease and insect control
  • Provide oversight for soil moisture management strategies and work with sites to ensure irrigation protocols are executed
  • Develop soil sampling protocols, fertility recommendations, and in-season fertility amendments and coordinate with on-site agronomists for execution
  • Assist farm managers and agronomists in developing crop and variety plans to ensure optimal fresh and storage deliveries
  • Ensure agronomy programs promote optimal growth and quality such as field preparations for planting, seed handling and cutting, planter spacing accuracy, irrigation system application and uniformity and chemical application
  • Initiate and monitor new variety evaluation including establishing variety specific agronomy at the sites
  • With the Manager of R&D, coordinate and execute research priorities and areas of focus for the business such as plant density management, disease and pest management, water use and fertilizer efficiency, etc.
  • Provide leadership and agronomic expertise for all locations
  • Directly supervise regional agronomists and the Manager of R&D
  • Develop annual budgets for crop inputs by location
  • Provide customers with agronomic updates and coordinate customer trials
  • Conduct annual agronomy reviews with the management team and agronomists

Qualifications

  • Masters of Science degree in Agronomy, Crop Sciences or related agricultural field
  • At least 5 years progressive experience working ideally with potato crops
  • Ability to travel to sites regularly throughout the year
  • Demonstrated strong work-ethic, outstanding leadership and exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Self-directed individual who leads projects to identify and implement solutions with team input
  • Adaptability to changing situations and ability to perform multiple tasks with multiple priorities
  • Proficient in the use of Windows based computer programs (Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and a general aptitude with software systems such as iCropTrak, Land.db, and Fusionware.
  • Superior organizational and project management skills; experience leading and managing people

Location of this position is negotiable and will reside at one of our main operation or corporate locations.

Compensation:

Competitive compensation plus benefits depending on experience

Please contact Katie Settle, katie@producecareers.com

Job Categories: Agronomy, Crop Science. Job Types: National. Job expires in Endless.

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