Basic Job Description:
Advise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to solve problems; instruct and train in product development, sales, and the utilization of machinery and equipment to promote general welfare. Includes county agricultural agents, feed and farm management advisers, home economists, and extension service advisors.
1) Act as an advocate for farmers or farmers' groups.
2) Collect and evaluate data in order to determine community program needs.
3) Conduct agricultural research, analyze data, and prepare research reports.
4) Maintain records of services provided and the effects of advice given.
5) Organize, advise, and participate in community activities and organizations such as county and state fair events and 4-H Clubs.
6) Prepare and distribute leaflets, pamphlets, and visual aids for educational and informational purposes.
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7) Provide direct assistance to farmers by performing activities such as purchasing or selling products and supplies, supervising properties, and collecting soil and herbage samples for testing.
8) Research information requested by farmers.
9) Set and monitor production targets.
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10) Advise farmers and demonstrate techniques in areas such as feeding and health maintenance of livestock, growing and harvesting practices, and financial planning.
11) Collaborate with producers in order to diagnose and prevent management and production problems.
12) Collaborate with social service and health care professionals in order to advise individuals and families on home management practices such as budget planning, meal preparation, and time management.
13) Conduct classes or deliver lectures on subjects such as nutrition, home management, and farming techniques.
14) Conduct field demonstrations of new products, techniques, or services.
15) Schedule and make regular visits to farmers.
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Holland / RIASEC Career Code: S-R-E SOC: 25-9021.00