Work with the PFI team and agricultural stakeholders across the Midwest to create more resilient farming systems!

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Current Openings

Cropping Systems Research Coordinator

We’re seeking a cropping systems research coordinator to lead some of our ongoing multisite on-farm research projects across the Midwest. One project explores the effect of nitrogen fertilizer on corn yield, financial returns and greenhouse gas emissions in production systems using soil health practices. Another project is looking at how cover crops influence the number of days suitable for fieldwork in corn-soybean production systems.

In this role, you will also perform meta-analyses of existing on-farm research data sets including, but not limited, to the effect of no-till and strip-till in cover crop systems and the effect of planting corn and soybeans into living cover crops (planting green).

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Remote Sensing Data Coordinator

We’re seeking a data coordinator to develop remote sensing workflows for interpreting satellite imagery of farmland acres enrolled in our research and incentive programs. You will join a research effort studying how cover crops influence the resilience of Midwestern corn-soybean production systems. As part of the project, we want to use satellite imagery to assess how variables such as cover crop growth and how frequently they are used in a field affect cash crop yield over time.

You will also help us monitor cover crop acres supported by our incentive programs and create detailed maps and spatial analyses for reporting to farmers, funders and other interested parties. Furthermore, we anticipate opportunities for exploring innovative approaches to enhance data collection, processing and analysis techniques.

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Finance Manager

The finance department provides critical organizational support to process, track and manage all organizational income and expenses, and to ensure PFI’s financial sustainability and health to carry out its mission. Practical Farmers of Iowa is in an exciting phase of growth, which brings with it a need for increased efficiency of financial processes to control costs, mitigate risk and streamline internal processes for clarity and expediency.

The finance manager will oversee internal processes that ensure accuracy for the department of all accounts payable and accounts receivable processes.

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