Do you (or someone you know) love agriculture?

If your answer is yes, I invite you to explore the opportunity of a career as an Extension Agent working with agriculture and natural resources.

I love many aspects of agriculture, but my passion is family and consumer sciences.

The neighboring ag agent called recently to make us aware of changes with dicamba. (It is not a Latin dance — it is a type of herbicide.)

If the phrase “dicamba herbicide” makes you happy, you might have the skills to be my future co-worker.

Cowley County has had a great tradition of engaged agriculture Extension Agents who have delivered a variety of educational programs based on local needs.

Topics might relate to agronomic and livestock production, agricultural economics, management and public policy, horticultural production and management, natural resources conservation, and environmental stewardship.

Past agents either had content knowledge or knew who to recruit from Kansas State University to provide the information.

K-State Research and Extension has a great new agent professional development program to help agents be successful and connect with other content experts.

Cowley County residents are conscious and caring about their animals, crops, trees, grass, and gardens.

We often joke that the ag agent gets a steady delivery of plants. Unfortunately, they are not beautiful flower blooms, but dead, dried and/or diseased specimens for identification.

If you like solving problems, this job is for you! If you are someone who loves agriculture, likes excuses to work outside on those great weather days and enjoys making connections, please consider applying.

The job description and instructions for submitting an online application are available at

Screening of applications will begin Jan. 30 and continue until the position is filled. The starting date is negotiable, but our office team would love to have someone start by June. (Thus, students expecting to graduate in May would be great candidates!)

This information was provided by K-State Research and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist Becky Reid.