The Organic Livestock & Dairy Consultant will assist farmers in Pennsylvania and the United States with the transition to organic and regenerative organic agricultural practices and their respective certification regulations and processes. The consultant will report directly to the Consultancy Program Manager and work indirectly with the Research Department, interpreting and translating forage analysis, consuming pasture production research, creating rotational grazing plans, and helping to remove barriers to organic and regenerative organic transition for grass-fed beef and dairy producers.

Essential duties & responsibilities:

  • Travel within Pennsylvania to consult with farmers; opportunities for travel outside of the state and internationally.
  • Assist farmers with developing an Organic System Plan and associated documentation.
  • Help identify and eliminate barriers to organic and regenerative organic production for grass-fed livestock producers in PA.
  • Respond to farmer questions regarding the certification process, organic livestock production and organic farming, offering in-depth technical support on topics including, but not limited to:
    • Animal Welfare
    • Pasture Management
    • Grazing Techniques
    • Species-specific recommendations for dairy, poultry, hogs and in grass-fed production
  • Provide assistance to farmers in choosing a certifier, filling out the application and preparing for inspection.
  • Provide accurate livestock and crop-specific production strategies to farmers.
  • Guide new or beginning farmers in establishing and managing their organic farms.
  • Assist and train farmers on using research and experimentation on their farm to improve animal welfare and livestock production.
  • Stay up-to-date on information concerning certification to ensure our organic standards and policies comply with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP).
  • Follow the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) implemented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Attend agriculture meetings, conferences, field days, and other events across Pennsylvania and the United States to represent Rodale Institute and the Organic Crop Consulting (OCC) Program.
  • Deliver presentations and workshops across Pennsylvania and the United States in-person and virtually.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Required Bachelor’s degree in the field of Animal Science, Agriculture, Agronomy or Soil Science.
  • Experience working on a production farm.
  • Strong livestock background as demonstrated by education and/or experience.
  • Knowledge of grass-fed systems and dairy production in the Pennsylvania region.
  • IOIA-trained, or willingness to work towards this training.
  • Certified Crop Advisor, or posses the knowledge base to obtain CCA Certificate within first year of employment.
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong organization and planning skills.
  • Hold a valid driver’s license.

Additional information:

  • Travel: Extensive traveling across Pennsylvania to visit farmers. Some out-of-state travel to meetings and conferences.
  • 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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