ISU Extension Field Agronomist Positions Available in Northeast and West Central Iowa

July 7, 2010

By Clarke McGrath, Corn and Soybean Initiative

Two Iowa State University Extension field agronomist positions currently are available. One position serves northeast Iowa and is based at the Borlaug Learning Center at the Northeast Research Farm near Nashua, Iowa. The other position serves west central Iowa. Proposed start dates for these fulltime positions are as soon as possible.

Extension field agronomists provide educational leadership, grounded in research-based science, to help Iowa crop producers and agricultural industries prosper. These positions will focus on development, delivery and support for crop production, crop protection and crop systems programming, as well as applied research.

These positions will deliver information and educational programs to Iowa farmers primarily through collaborations with agribusiness partners, including ISU Corn and Soybean Initiative partners. Additional clientele groups and partners who may cooperate with ISU Extension field agronomists include educational institutions, governmental agencies, farm and conservation organizations and the mass media.

In addition to educational program development and delivery, these positions will develop and manage applied research on cooperating private farmers' fields and at ISU research farms. Research will focus on crops, soils, manure management and pest management.

Applicants for these ISU Extension field agronomist positions must have a bachelor's degree in agronomy, crop science, soil science, entomology, plant pathology, weed or seed science or related field and three years of experience at a comparable level directly related to the duties of these positions. Additional, preferred qualifications for applicants are listed in the official position announcement posted online.

Applications must be submitted online at

To ensure consideration, submit applications by July 30, 2010.

For more information regarding these vacancies, please email Clarke McGrath at or call 712-215-2146.

Clarke McGrath is the partner program manager and ISU Extension agronomist with the Corn and Soybean Initiative. McGrath can be contacted by email at or by calling 712-215-2146.

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