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Senior Field Representative (Grand Forks, ND)

Company: Simplot
Location: Grand Forks
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


The Senior Field Representative operates as a liaison between the company and the growing community to produce the highest quality of raw product to support the factory's production goals. Success for the Senior Field Represenative is achieved through continuous monitoring of crops in the field and storages, assessing and recommending water and insect controls, forecasting crop quality during the growing and storage season, at times negotiating contracts with growers on open purchases. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to interact with industry and university researchers to evaluate continuous improvement in crop production. The Senior Field Representative is responsible for planting, harvesting, sampling, and transportation schedules with interaction between field personnel and grower. The ideal candidate can work very independently at a high level. Each Field Representative is assigned acres and number of growers can vary from small to large. This role administers the terms of Potato Growing Agreement contract with growersand require monitoring of company storages throughout the season.

Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain accurate records as directed by current year Potato Growing Agreement contract (pesticide records, field exhibits, etc.)
  • Make sure the record information is maintained electronically.

  • Develops forecast using historical crop data.
  • Coordinates planting schedule based on area, harvest yield history, and variety.
  • Consults with growers on irrigation, nutritional, and disease control programs for optimal crop health.
  • Evaluates crop samples and adjusts schedules as needed. Negotiates contracts with growers regarding pricing, transportation, and harvesting.
  • Monitor company assigned storages when applicable.
  • Develop effective working relationship with Land & Livestock and Agribusiness units.
  • Develop effective working relationship with assigned growers, industry partners, University personnel.
  • Negotiates open raw product purchases.
  • Actively participate with industry, research, and Universities on crop production issues and improvement opportunities.
  • Attends crop variety trials searching for improved varieties.
  • Pursues new developments in technology to help ensure accurate and current information in regard to raw product acquisition and harvest efficiencies.
  • Maintains pesticide reports.

Typical Education

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from 4 year college or university preferred

Relevant Experience

  • 3+ years related experience and/or training

Other Information

  • High degree of technical and practical knowledge of plant biological functions preferred.
  • Potato experience preferred.
  • Strong agricultural knowledge in planting, harvesting, and equipment.
  • Good knowledge of computer systems.
  • Excellent oral, written, relation building skills, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze multiple factors affecting plant growth and apply the data in practical situations.

Job Requisition ID: 4883

Travel Required: Up to 50%

Location(s): FG Plant - Grand Forks

Country: United States

The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.

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