Cornell University Extension’s Lake Ontario Fruit Team Seeks Production Economics Specialist

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is seeking a Production Economics and Business Management Educator for its Lake Ontario Fruit Program (LOF). The LOF serves commercial fruit producers in Wayne, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara, and Oswego counties along the shore of Lake Ontario.  In these counties, there are 259 apple farms growing 26,446 acres.  New York State is the 2nd in national apple production and the LOF region represents 63% of the acreage in New York.  Modern planting systems range from 600 to 2000 trees per acre and are supported by a trellis system or individual tree supports.  Peaches, sweet cherries, tart cherries, apricots and many berry crops are also produced in the region.

The ideal candidate will provide leadership in consultation with faculty and industry leaders for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer-identified needs and opportunities with emphasis on business management for commercial growers and other industry clientele.  Primary emphasis will be in the area of tree fruit but could extend to other horticultural commodities. The program will include but is not limited to: economics of production; record keeping and business analysis; financial management, forms of business organizations, labor management, taxation and marketing. Implement educational programs utilizing a variety of methods.

This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Newark, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. For more information and to apply, please visit Cornell’s job posting here.