Career Harvest

Extension Officer

Provide a link between researchers and farmers to ensure knowledge and information is shared to improve production and sustainability.

Alternative Titles

  • Rural Extension Officer
  • Agricultural Extension Officer
  • Farm Advisor
  • Public Relations Officer
  • District Officer
  • Livestock Officer
  • District Agronomist

Tasks

  • Encourage farm managers to adopt best practice techniques by providing exposure to new knowledge, information, skills, inputs and processes
  • Assess individual properties and making technical recommendations for improved production and sustainability
  • Collaborate with primary producers in industry development and research trials
  • Identify and interpret current research needs for regional communities and enterprises
  • Suggest research priorities to research committees
  • Organise and manage field days, speak at grower groups, write fact sheets and publications, present courses

Personal Requirements

  • communication skills
  • computer skills
  • understanding of industry
  • organisational skills
  • listening skills
  • ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • problem solving skills

Qualifications

An Extension Officer requires a degree in agriculture or related course. Universities offering courses in agriculture are listed below.

South Australia

The University of Adelaide

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