The Organic Crop Consultant at our Midwest Organic Center will assist farmers across the Midwest with the transition to organic agriculture practices and the organic certification regulations and processes. This position will work primarily with farmers, landowners, aspiring farmers, and partner organizations in the Midwestern states to transition farmland to certified organic production. The consultant will report to the Lead Consultant and work closely with other consultants and the research and education departments, interpreting and translating soil analysis, crop and livestock production research and other organic research findings to farmers. The position will work remotely, but must reside in a Midwestern state.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • Build our consultancy services by executing all private and public funding grant deliverables
  • Travel extensively across the Midwest to consult with farmers and landowners
  • Assist farmers with developing an Organic Systems Plan and associated documentation
  • Respond to farmer’s questions regarding the certification process, organic crop production and organic farming, offering in-depth technical support on topics including, but not limited to:
      • Crop rotations
      • Soil fertility management
      • Field equipment
      • Cover crops
      • Crop storage and processing
  • Provide assistance to farmers in choosing a certifier, filling out the application, choosing inputs and preparing for inspection
  • Execute crop specific business strategies for farmers
  • Guide farmers in establishing and managing their organic farm
  • Assist and train farmers on using research and experimentation on their farm to improve crop yields
  • Stay up-to-date on information concerning certification to ensure our organic standards and policies comply with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP)
  • Assist farmers in updating Conservation Plans with private or government consultants
  • Follow the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Attend agricultural meetings, conferences, field days, and other events across the Midwest to represent Rodale Institute and the OCC Program
  • Deliver presentations and workshops across the Midwest in-person and virtually
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management

Qualifications:

  • Education: required Bachelor’s degree in the field of Agriculture, Agronomy, Soil Science, Animal Science, or related field
  • Experience working on a production farm
  • Strong agronomic and/or livestock background as demonstrated by education and/or experience
  • Knowledge of crops grown in the Midwest region including corn, soybean, and small grain experience
  • Knowledge of the National Organic Program standards
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong organization and planning skills
  • Holds a valid driver’s license

Additional information:

  • Travel: Extensive travel across the Midwest.
  • Other expectations: To be trustful and respectful to all staff, clients, and partner organizations.
  • To apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Elaine Macbeth, Director of Finance/HR, at elaine.macbeth@rodaleinstitute.org.
  • About Rodale Institute: Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. For seventy years, the Institute has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and sharing findings with farmers and scientists throughout the world, advocating for policies that support farmers, and educating consumers about how going organic is the healthiest option for people and the planet.

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