Overview

Description

The Premier Ag TRAX Conservation Specialist is primarily tasked with advancing sustainable agricultural practices and environmental outcomes focusing on soil health, water quality, and wildlife habitat by utilizing precision agriculture data and analyses generated by the Truterra Insights Engine to identify opportunities for conservation practice implementation to increase farm sustainability.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Premier Ag TRAX, Account Managers, and Branch Managers to build capacity and expertise concerning natural resource conservation practices and USDA and state cost-share programs.
  • Provide and coordinate training opportunities for Premier Ag staff on state and USDA conservation programs to improve awareness, farmer access to assistance, and on-the-ground coordination with conservation staff and organizations, such as National Fish and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife Private Lands Biologists, and NRCS Field Office staff.
  • Provide training and information to conservation agencies and organizations on modern production agriculture systems, including precision ag, nutrient and pest management, and other agronomic services that improve productivity while minimizing natural resource impacts.
  • With partners, develop and implement workshops and field days designed to educate farmers, farm- and farmer-led/support organizations on best practices and other innovative conservation systems that benefit wildlife habitat, water quality, soil health, and farm productivity.
  • Serve as a leader to advance public-private partnerships through state and federal conservation programs, such as USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and other relevant state and local programs.
  • Work with TRAX Ag Technology and Sustainability Lead and Account Managers to utilize the Truterra Insights Engine and present conservation solutions for sustainability and profitability.
  • Track, compile and report accomplishments for partnership accountability and growth.
  • Work as a member of a team to develop innovative strategies for implementing conservation solutions that increase farm productivity, based on Truterra Insights Engine data.
  • Connect Premier Ag TRAX staff, Account Managers, and their clients with Farm Bill Biologists and other conservation technical assistance providers to explore options for technical and financial assistance through USDA Farm Bill Programs and other state/local conservation implementation and incentive programs.
  • Track, compile and report accomplishments for partnership accountability and growth.
  • Work as a member of a team to develop innovative strategies for implementing conservation solutions that increase farm productivity, based on Truterra Insights Engine data.

Employee Benefits:

  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401K with Employer Match
  • Medical Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Short/Long Term Disability
Requirements

Key Skills/Attributes/Qualification:

  • BS in agronomy or ag business preferred.
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft and Apple platforms
  • Basic aptitude with Microsoft Office 365 and its suite of tools to include Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams
  • Ability to manage time and work independently without supervision.
  • Ability to work with multiple partners to accomplish common objectives and recruit new partners as necessary.
  • Willingness to learn, excellent initiative, adaptive to different work environments.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, and electronic).
  • Demonstrated ability to interact well with customers, suppliers, employees, and management of all levels.
  • Ability to make initial contacts and develop new relationships.
  • Proven ability to solve and resolve issues quickly and effectively.
  • Working knowledge of basic ATV equipment and loading/trailering of equipment.
  • Demonstrated or capacity to quickly learn modern farm equipment and techniques, technology and agronomic and conservation practices common to Indiana and the Midwest.
  • Capable of lifting 50 lbs., exerting 50 lbs. downforce with either foot for soil probe function, and walking intermediate distances over variable terrain in diverse weather conditions.
  • Character traits of Integrity, dependability, initiative, enthusiasm, and attention to detail.

Tagged as: EARLY CAREER, RECENT GRADUATES

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