Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is searching for an Applied Forage Systems Specialist.
Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is searching for an Applied Forage Systems Specialist. The position will be located at the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center (SPAREC). This is a calendar year, non-tenure track Administrative and Professional (AP) faculty position with a 70% extension and 30% research appointment.
The Applied Forage Systems Specialist will develop a nationally recognized, highly visible, integrated extension and research program that focuses on practices and strategies to improve the economic competitiveness, viability, and stability of forage and forage-based livestock production. The individual will work in an interdisciplinary environment which includes collaboration with faculty, extension agents, and producers to conduct extension programs as well as develop and incorporate research and demonstration projects to support these efforts.
The individual will also be expected to develop a focused and cohesive research and Extension program that addresses the needs of forage producers in Virginia and the region and supports the publication of peer-reviewed extension materials, popular press articles, refereed scientific articles, and social media. Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to: forage establishment and fertilization, grazing management, stored forage production (hay, baleage, silage, etc.), soil-plant interactions, pest management, alternative forage crops, remote sensing technologies, and watershed management.
In addition to the Southern Piedmont AREC, land and facilities for collaboration exist on campus (Blacksburg) and at the Virginia ARECs in Shenandoah Valley (Raphine) and Southwest Virginia (Glade Springs).
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