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Agronomy Technician

About this Job:

Christensen Farms is one of the largest, family-owned pork producers in the United States, marketing approximately 3 million hogs per year. Headquartered in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, the company operates throughout the Midwest with facilities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois and South Dakota.  Christensen Farms owns four feed mills, manages 145,000 sows on 44 farms, and oversees more than 350 nurseries and grow-finish sites.  The company employees nearly 1,000 people and maintains 1,500 contract partnerships.

The company is vertically integrated with a strong presence across the pork value chain from farm to fork. Christensen Farms is the largest shareholder of Triumph Foods LLC, a producer-owned primary pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. In turn, Triumph Foods members own 50 percent of Daily’s Premium Meats, a specialty pork processor of bacon and other premium pork products.  Triumph Foods also holds a 50 percent partnership in Seaboard Triumph Foods, LLC of Sioux City, Iowa, a primary pork processing plant.

Position Overview & Responsibilities:

Agronomy Field Services

  • Perform field mapping of sites and cooperators fields
  • Perform soil sampling in support of nutrient management plans
  • Data entry of relevant information as needed

Manure Application Planning and Execution

  • Perform site manure sampling
  • Coordination of manure applicators and cooperators
  • Quality control and supervision of field application
  • Assure application is in accordance with regulatory requirements
  • Contribute to process of manure inventory management

Regulatory/Environmental

  • Understand environmental rules and regulations
  • Provide emergency response and coordination
  • Perform internal environmental testing and coordinate execution of external testing
    • Monitoring and production wells
    • Perimeter tile and surface water
    • Air monitoring
    • Manure treatment testing
  • Reporting
    • As assigned, contribute to report content and submittal deadlines
    • Participate with site visits by outside parties
  • Support permitting process

Manure Systems Management

  • Coordinate storage structure cover installation, repair, and maintenance
  • Provide air and manure treatment services and evaluation
    • Pit additives
    • Bio-filters and straw covers
    • Mechanical treatment systems
  • Coordinate storage structure repair and maintenance
  • Contribute to remediation projects

General

  • Contribute to company wide environmental initiatives
  • Perform equipment mobilization, operation, and maintenance
  • Provide in field labor for Agronomy/Environmental tasks or projects
Requirement:

Minimum formal education and experience required: Associate Degree in an Agricultural related program or equivalent on the job training and three years of agri-business or agronomy production experience.

Must have an understanding of modern cropping or swine production systems.
Must be profit driven and customer oriented.
Ability to apply independent judgment
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
Moderate level of computer aptitude.

Specialized or Motorized Equipment and/or Tools:

This position will require operating a company vehicle and company owned manure agitation equipment. Any employment offer extended for this position will be contingent upon the review of the candidate’s motor vehicle record (MVR). The MVR will be reviewed to determine insurability based on CFF’s insurance carrier and company policy.

Vehicle Licensing Requirements: Class D

Salary:
Experience:
3 years
How to apply:

Apply online by clicking HERE or call 1-800-889-8531 for more information.

Or click on the BLUE “Apply for this Job” button to email your resume. Please state Christensen Farms and the job title as the subject of your email application.