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Perdue Farms, Inc. Technical Sales Agronomist in Kentucky, Tennesee, North Caro, Kentucky

Perdue AgriBusiness is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. An international agricultural products and services company, we handle agricultural commodities and have a diverse portfolio of products and businesses.

Summary

Perdue AgriBusiness is seeking an experienced Technical Sales Agronomist . You must currently reside in the Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina or Ohio areas.

The Technical Sales Agronomist (TSA) will be the liaison between the Perdue Specialty Crops and the grower. The TSA owns the grower relationship and works to grow the Specialty Crops business, the grower’s enterprise profitability and his/her personal sales skills development. The TSA manages the supply chain from seed to grain harvested. The TSA will have an agronomic or science background, will perform agronomic support functions while purchasing the end product (grains/oilseeds) from the grower at competitive prices. The TSA must possess an exceptional level of communication, agronomic and sales skills. The TSA must have a strong work discipline and work continually to support and create the best grower relationship with Perdue Specialty Crops possible. In addition, this position will sell producers the best quality products to meet their operational needs, conduct demonstration plots, and participate in producer meetings.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in recruiting Specialty Crops Production acres (Crops may include rapeseed, organic canola, organic sunflowers, organic corn, organic wheat, organic soybeans, organic sorghum and other Specialty Crop).

  • Advise growers on agronomic, planting, nutritional and economics in seed selections and crop management decisions.

  • Visit assigned grower’s crops locations as needed (minimum of three grower field visits per year).

  • Assist with delivery and pickup of Specialty seeds sold on contracted acres.

  • Educate and promote Specialty Crops development and expansion of acreage to include crop trial initiation with premier growers, University field events, grower meetings and field days.

  • Enhance satisfactory customer levels of sales and service within the designated territory.

  • Provide extensive knowledge of Specialty Crops production as well as continuing development of sales skills in multiple Specialty Crop Programs.

  • Originate Specialty organic and non-GMO grain contracts with Perdue growers. Manage organic certifications, support Domestic origination initiatives as develop by the Director of Domestic Organic Origination.

  • Management of agro-technical processes in the cultivation of crops.

  • Make decisions and recommendations on planting seed, crop protection, and harvest timing of grain.

  • Select the "Right Product, Right Acre" approach to seed, fertilizer, chemicals and other materials required for plant growth.

  • Develop complete nutrient management production plans, organic system plans and sustainability programs according to the consumers' agronomic and economic needs.

  • Manage the exploitation of land resources to promote sustainable farming practices.

  • Development of sales materials, fact sheets, marketing pieces. Preparation of field reports.

  • Establish and monitor Specialty Crop trials as needed.

  • Analysis of pricing compared to competitive crops, analysis of the markets- what the competitors are offering.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelors or associate degree in agronomy or a related area, such as soil conservation, agricultural education or general agriculture.

  • Certified crop advisor (CCA) or Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) is a bonus.

Experience Requirements

  • 5+ years of Agronomy experience

  • Seed or crop protection sales experience is a plus

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

Able to operate a motor vehicle and travel to and from customer locations. Able to move freely about farms and other agricultural areas. Exposed to external weather conditions to include rain, snow and extreme temperatures (-15 - 90 Degrees Fahrenheit), humidity, (0 - 100%), and noise (50db to 100db). Able to use standard office equipment to include telephone, computers, copiers etc. Able to lift up to 50 pounds. Overnight travel required.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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