Extension Assistant - Farm Costs and Budgeting

North Carolina State University

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Raleigh, NC
Contract type: Full time
North Carolina State University
Posting Information

Posting Number


Internal Recruitment


Working Title

Extension Assistant - Farm Costs and Budgeting

Anticipated Hiring Range

Commensurate with Experience ($40,000 - $50,000)

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday / 8am - 5pm (with flexibility)

Job Location

Raleigh, NC


Agricultural & Resource Economics

About the Department

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) embodies excellence in research, teaching, and extension in agricultural economics and the economics of natural resources and the environment. Within the Department, dedicated, student-focused faculty teach diverse courses and nurture industry connections to help students pursue rewarding careers. Researchers engage students in relevant, applied research. Extension Associates conduct research-based outreach activities that benefit local and national communities. Faculty members enrich our Extension programs with research and teaching activities that contribute to the relevance and quality of our outreach programs

Essential Job Duties

The primary duties of this Extension Assistant position are the collection of agriculture production cost information and the development and distribution of crop and livestock enterprise budgets. As a primary area of responsibility, this position will collect, compile, and help to make available farm cost data for a diverse array of production systems in North Carolina and the broader Southeast region. This information will be used to inform USDA program development and delivery. The approach used for data collection is based on the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NCRS)’s itemized farm cost component lists. In addition, the incumbent in this role will also support enterprise budget development, promotion, and user training. In doing so, this position will support and interact with key stakeholders including NC growers, CALS faculty, extension specialists and agents, and industry partners

This position will be based in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics located on the campus of NC State University. The successful candidate will report directly to the Farm Management Extension Associate and work closely with faculty and staff in ARE and other departments, county extension personnel, and other organizations which support NC farms and agribusinesses. Day-to-day functions will require a farm- level production familiarity with the major crops and livestock produced in NC and throughout the Southeastern U.S. This position will also require excellent communication and collaboration skills with research, extension and industry partners in order to collect and verify accurate data. Moderate travel will be required

Specific job duties include, but are not limited to:

Collection of farm production cost data:

  • Annual farm-level research of production practices and uses of equipment, fertilizers, chemicals and other inputs for agricultural production systems,.

  • Cost and production practice information from the Southeast farming community, state extension services and government agencies, and industry partners.

  • Direct interaction with USDA concerning farm cost component list updates and data audit standards.

  • Clear communication and persistence to gather difficult-to-collect data.

Budgeting responsibilities:

  • Maintain and update enterprise budgets and cost of production information for key NC crops and livestock.

  • Support the development of new enterprise budgets covering additional crops, livestock, production systems.

  • Work with ARE faculty and staff for background budget data and budget formatting.

  • Budget format development based on stakeholder needs and suggestions.

  • Support efforts to conduct feasibility studies concerning the viability of new crops as well as the adoption of new practices and technologies for crops and livestock.

Other duties:

  • Serve as a resource and support to ARE, the Cooperative Extension network, and other stakeholders concerning production costs and practices, availability and quality of relevant data, and other related items.

  • Travel to meet with stakeholders, attend meetings and conferences, etc. to collect and to present information about these enterprise budgets and other programs offered by ARE, NC State Extension and USDA.

Other Responsibilities

Perform other related duties as assigned


Minimum Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, agribusiness management, agronomy, animal science, economics, business administration, finance or another closely related field, with at least 3 years of relevant professional experience.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Strong organizational and communication skills (oral and written).

  • Experience with farm-level budgeting and analysis of production costs.

  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office software with proficiency in using Excel or the willingness to complete training as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant Master’s degree with related experience.

  • Knowledge of and experience with NC Cooperative Extension and USDA programming.

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze cost data and develop enterprise budgets.

  • Farm-level familiarity with the major crops and livestock production systems in North Carolina and the broader Southeastern U.S. region.

  • The ability to interface and develop relationships with a diverse array of colleagues and clients including, but not limited to the following: faculty in both ARE and other relevant disciplines at NC State, county extension personnel, relevant stakeholder groups, farm and agribusiness clients, etc.

Required License(s) or Certification(s)

  • Valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 60 days of start.

Valid NC Driver's License required


Commercial Driver's License required


Recruitment Dates and Special Instructions

Job Open Date


Anticipated Close Date

Open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicant required documents: Cover Letter, CV, Contact Information for References

Position Details

Position Number


Position Type

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week)



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?


Department ID

118001 - Ag & Resource Economics


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at
(919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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