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Advise, instruct, and assist individuals and families engaged in agriculture, agricultural-related processes, or home economics activities. Demonstrate procedures and apply research findings to solve problems; and instruct and train in product development, sales, and the use of machinery and equipment to promote general welfare. Includes county agricultural agents, feed and farm management advisors, home economists, and extension service advisors.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Notebook computers
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  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
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  • Desktop computers
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  • Personal computers
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  • Overhead projectors
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Map creation software
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  • Internet browser software
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  • Office suite software
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  • Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Electronic mail software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Collaborate with producers to diagnose and prevent management and production problems.
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  • Conduct classes or deliver lectures on subjects such as nutrition, home management, and farming techniques.
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  • Advise farmers and demonstrate techniques in areas such as feeding and health maintenance of livestock, growing and harvesting practices, and financial planning.
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  • Research information requested by farmers.
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  • Prepare and distribute leaflets, pamphlets, and visual aids for educational and informational purposes.
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  • Collect and evaluate data to determine community program needs.
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  • Maintain records of services provided and the effects of advice given.
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  • Schedule and make regular visits to farmers.
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  • Organize, advise, and participate in community activities and organizations such as county and state fair events and 4-H Clubs.
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  • Collaborate with social service and health care professionals to advise individuals and families on home management practices such as budget planning, meal preparation, and time management.
  •  Skills
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
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  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m
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