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Agronomy Technician

Company: Christensen Farms
Location: Burt
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Looking for an exciting career in Agronomy? Christensen Farms is hiring an Agronomy Technician to assist with our field services in Iowa.

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.

Major Areas of Accountability:

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


  • 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


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

Education, Training, and Experience Requirements:

  • 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 occasionally operating a company vehicle or mileage reimbursement. 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

Keywords: Christensen Farms, Rochester , Agronomy Technician, Other , Burt, Minnesota

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