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Agricultural Economist - Soil Health Institute

Term: 1 year contract

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a non-profit organization created to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement, is seeking an Agricultural Economist for a one-year contract. The individual selected will assess the economics of soil health-promoting practices/systems using data from long-term agricultural experimental sites across North America and integrate that information with local on-farm data separately collected in strategic coordination with partners.  The individual selected can operate from a remote location or at SHI headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Duties Include:

  *   Leading data template development for agricultural research sites.
  *   Supervising economics-related data collection from up to 150 agricultural research sites.
  *   Researching, establishing, and applying standardized costs and returns associated with a wide diversity of agricultural practices, crops, soils, and climates.
  *   Performing partial budget analysis and analyzing data for individual sites and across networks of sites.
  *   Leading data template development for on-farm case studies.
  *   Integrating research site findings with on-farm case study findings.
  *   Preparing findings for publication to scientific and agricultural producer/field practitioner audiences.
  *   Occasional travel.


  *   A Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Finance, Agribusiness, Accounting, or closely related field is required.
  *   A Ph.D. in an economics or natural resource discipline is preferred.
  *   Experience conducting partial budget analysis at agronomic field trial and on-farm scales is desired.
  *   Demonstrated expertise in understanding farm accounting principles and economic relationships in agriculture is desired.
  *   Expertise in statistical analysis is desired.
  *   Experience in writing for technical and/or popular journals is desired.
  *   Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

To Apply:

Email a resume/C.V., college transcripts, and the names and contact information of 3 references to:

Byron Rath, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.
Indicate “Agricultural Economist” in the subject line.

First review of applications will begin by October 29, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.





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