Associate Horticulture Industry Relations Specialist

Hiring Organization: Michigan Farm Bureau
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Lansing, MI
Application Deadline: May 7, 2019


To address issues impacting the horticultural industry and develop alliances and cooperative efforts with horticulture and direct marketing associations, thereby positioning Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) as the premier farm organization in addressing these issues.


Provide regular communication with and help foster mutual activities on issues by establishing and maintaining favorable working relations with other groups and organizations, including agricultural and commodity groups, business and trade associations.

Direct the development of strategy with allies as guided by Farm Bureau Policy in order to obtain maximum influence and results on mutual commodity, economic and regulatory issues.

Direct administrative services and program support to commodity organizations.


Required: Bachelor's degree in agriculture or related field required, or equivalent experience may be considered. Experienced computer usage in Microsoft Office programs (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and the Internet required. Ability to network with industry leaders in order to collaborate together in addressing commodity issues required. Must possess a valid driver license with an acceptable driving record. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, succinctly and in a manner that appeals to a wide audience, including via telephone, e-mail and text messages.

Preferred: Two years or more experience working within Farm Bureau and/or a commodity association preferred. Experience in grower association activities, including crop, market and price-related functions preferred.


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