Extension Agent- Small Farms
Primary Purpose of Position
This position will be located in Yanceyville, N.C. Caswell County.
The Small Farms Agent in Caswell County is responsible for planning, executing and evaluating effective and comprehensive educational programs and training designed to solve social, economic, and environmental problems in agriculture and natural resources confronting small-scale, limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged farmers.
Programming in specific other areas include small livestock (goats and sheep) and consumer horticulture. Other ag related areas of programming will be assigned to the agent by the County Extension Director after training and experience has been obtained in that area of study. Aligned with the mission and vision of Cooperative Extension at NC A&T, programs address high priority needs and issues for farming populations impacted by changing social, economic and demographic factors and align The Small Farms Agent is responsible for conducting educational programs and farm demonstrations in alternative agricultural enterprises, safe pesticide management, and Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) for the target audience. Specific projects will include facilitating and coordinating direct marketing through tailgate markets, collaboration with a local agri-business support center, agri-tourism enterprise development, and assisting with the production of specialty crops on small farms. The Agent organizes, communicates, and delivers course materials in formal and informal instructional settings; collaborates with county and community based organizations to deliver programs and recruit program participants; determines program needs and priorities by conducting needs assessments; and evaluates data collected from multiple sources including advisory committee members, county residents and program participants.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an educational outreach organization within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Cooperative Extension at A&T provides researched-based educational information, programming and technical assistance to limited-resource audiences that address a diverse range of issues in four programmatic areas – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community and Rural Development, and 4-H Youth Development. Together with its partners – North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, a dynamic and resourceful system is formed. In addition to campus operations, Cooperative Extension has professionally staffed offices in almost half of the 100 counties in North Carolina and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Rural and primarily agrarian, Caswell County has over 500 active small and medium size farms. The farming profile is transitioning from a century long history of tobacco production. This fundamental change increases the need for education on marketing, distribution, packaging and food safety as well as a campaign to educate the local consumer. The Caswell County Extension Center focuses on the following agricultural objectives -profitable and sustainable agriculture systems; local food systems; and safety and security of food and farm systems.
Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 in the major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale), or completion of a Master’s degree; a personal automobile and valid driver’s license; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
For all Agent positions, a master’s degree is preferred.