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Conservation Agronomist

Innovative Ag Services

1 Positions

ID: 47366

Posted On 05/10/2024

Job Overview

** Are you passionate about the future of agriculture? Do you want to join a company that’s at the forefront of innovation? Innovative Ag Services is seeking talented individuals to join our growing team. We offer competitive wages, excellent benefits, and a chance to make a real difference in the ag industry.

Plus, for a limited time, we’re offering a $1,000 sign-on bonus to qualified candidates! This is your chance to jumpstart your career

Primary Objective: The IAS Conservation Agronomist will be part of the team that supports business growth, and strategy with its internal and external stakeholders, and serves as the expert on regenerative ag practices that benefit both the company and the grower member.

Major Accountabilities:

The following duties are typical for this job.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.

  • Assist growers enrolling in Truterra, USDA-NRCS, SWCD, IDALS, and any other financial assistance programs for their conservation efforts.
  • Serve as an expert on conservation agronomy. Educate the IAS team and our customers on soil health, conservation implementation best practices, and other agronomic considerations when adding conservation practices like conservation tillage and cover crops to an operation.
  • Industry liaison: maintaining active involvement with conservation organizations and associations (NRCS, NACD/SWCD, Watershed Management Authorities, Pheasants Forever, etc.) to identify growth opportunities for IAS and its network and develop projects and programs that advance stewardship on croplands.
  • Aid in the delivery of training around soil health, cover crops, and other conservation agronomy topics to both IAS Agronomy Sales Advisors and growers.
  • Demonstrate successful conservation practice implementation by designing field trials and collaborating with growers to execute. Review resulting data and develop stewardship insights to incorporate into case studies and future grower education opportunities.
  • Support the IAS growth strategy. Aid in the IAS Sustainability Lead’s development of project proposals to access public-private funding for the implementation of conservation practices. Leverage our services provided to strengthen and grow our customer base.
  • Participate in partner meetings, trainings, and other events.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • B.S. in Soil Science, Agronomy, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture Business, or related discipline
  • 5 or more years of experience in agronomy, conservation, and natural resource management
  • Strong understanding of midwestern cropping systems and agronomic principles
  • Experience advising farmers on agronomic and conservation topics
  • First-hand knowledge of NRCS, IDALS, and SWCD conservation funding programs
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite; Preferred experience with SOILMAP and Truterra software
  • Solid network of conservation contacts that will allow for more expansion of projects

Competencies Skills:

  • Self-starting, goal-directed collaborator with proven ability to achieve results through self and others
  • Demonstrated project planning and management acumen for multiple tasks
  • Demonstrated customer focus
  • Ability to understand, translate, and align internal and customer business dynamics and strategies
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to understand and process data and develop recommendations and action plans
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Physical Requirements/Environmental Adaptability:

  • Requires static strength to lift, push, pull, or carry objects with a minimum weight of 50 pounds.  Also flexibility to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.  Also trunk strength and ability to use abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time.  Some tasks involve repetitive motion.
  • Agricultural Environment – Possible exposure to seasonal weather, outdoor conditions, and agriagricultural products.
  • Personal Protective Equipment may be required for some tasks.

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65,000 to 80,000


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About the Company

Innovative Ag Services Co. is a full-service farm cooperative, offering a complete line of supplies and services to meet all of your farm needs. We provide value-added products and services to more than 5,000 members in the grain, agronomy, feed and energy markets. Our 30+ locations are conveniently located throughout northeast and central Iowa, and southwestern Wisconsin.