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18 Apr, 2023

Vacancy Circular for Two Posts of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer (NRM/RFS)

11 April 2023 - Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Jones on receiving the CFAES Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor Award!

Dr. Jones is the DC Kiplinger Floriculture Endowed Chair + a Professor and Floriculture Extension Specialist here in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (HCS). She grew up in Iowa and was introduced to floriculture during an undergraduate internship program at Iowa State University (where she received her BS). She then went on to receive her PhD in Horticulture from Purdue University. Dr. Jones has been involved with floriculture education and research ever since.

Dr. Jones has been privileged to mentor exceptional graduate students while at OSU, including her two current advisors, Evili Martins (pursuing her MS) & Juan Quijia Pillajo (pursuing his PhD). In her own words "the most rewarding part of my career has been watching them [graduate students] grow into independent researchers and educators''.

Her current research and extension programs focus on the use of beneficial bacteria and biostimulants to increase nutrient use efficiency and improve disease and environmental stress tolerance in floriculture crops. Additionally, she also works with "greenhouse growers to identify and remediate ethylene damage in production greenhouses and improve the shelf life of flowering ornamentals".

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Title : Agri Education News | Crops Judging Team Competes, Gives Back to FFA Students

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Anchor Text : Team Judges Crops, Supports FFA Students


10 April 2023 - The University of Nebraska–Lincoln Crops Judging Team has been busy this spring competing in crop judging contests and giving back to Nebraska FFA.


The team placed third overall in the four-year college division at the West Texas A&M University Collegiate Crops Contest on March 25 in Canyon, Texas. Team members included junior plant and landscape systems majors Logan Nelson, Kailey Ziegler, Zach Nienhueser and Will Stalder, and sophomore Maggie Walker.


The competition consisted of two exams over math and common agronomic problems and two ID portions. Of the ID portions, one was over weed and crops ID, where students were responsible for knowing the seed, young and mature stages of the plants. The second was over equipment, map reading and other miscellaneous trivia.


This contest featured more questions about agriculture in Texas and other states in the south, including questions about cotton production and other systems with less moisture than in Nebraska.


Garrett Kuss, Doctor of Plant Health graduate student and coach, said this competition helped prepare the team for the national contest in a few weeks in Modesto, California.


Team hosts agronomy competition at state FFA convention


The team also had an opportunity to host the Agronomy Career Development Event at this year’s Nebraska State FFA Convention on March 30 in the Nebraska East Union. Over 200 students from across the state competed in multiple common knowledge and ID exams during this contest.


“The team had a great time meeting with students and talking with teachers about how they study for similar questions in their collegiate crop judging competitions,” Kuss said. “For some, this was also an opportunity to catch up with previous high school ag teachers, as many on the team started in this exact competition during their time in high school.”


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Title : Agriculture Jobs News | Vacancy Circular for Two Posts of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer (NRM/RFS)  | Soil Science Job

Meta Description : India Agri Jobs News : The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is seeking to fill two vacant positions of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer (NRM/RFS)

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Anchor Text : Assistant Soil Conservation Officer Vacancies


11 April 2023 - Filling up tow posts of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer (Natural Resource Management / Rainfed Farming System) (General Central Service, Group-’A’ Gazetted, Non-ministerial) in the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in Level - 10 (56100-177500/-) of the Pam Matrix (Prerevised pay scale of PB:3 Rs.15600-39100 with Grade Pay Rs.5400/-) on deputation(including short term contract) basis.


It is processed to fill up two posts of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer (NRM/RFS) (General Central Service, Group-’A’ Gazetted, Non-ministerial) in the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in Level-10(56100-177500/-) of the Pay Matrix (Pre revised pay scale of PB:3 Rs. 15600-39100 with Grade Pay Rs.5400/-) on deputation(including short term contract) basis


Eligibility Conditions : Deputation (including short term contract):

Officers under the Central Government or State Governments or Union territory Administration or public sector undertakings or agricultural universities or recognized research institutions or semi- Government og autonomous bodies or statutory organizations :-


  1. (i) Holding analogous posts on a regular basis in the parent cadre or department : Or

                (ii) with two years’ service in the grade rendered after appointment thereto on a regular basis in posts in Level-8 (Rs.47,600-1,51,100/-) in the Pay matrix or equivalent in the parent cadre or department: and

  1. Possessing the following educational qualifications and experience:

(i) Master’s degree in Agronomy or Agriculture with Agronomy as a subject or Agricultural Chemistry or Soil Science or Agricultural Extension or Agricultural Economics or Agricultural Botany or Master’s Degree in Botany or Forestry or Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering form a recognized University or Institute: and

(ii) possessing three years’ experience in the field of soil and water conservation or soil health management or rained or integrated farming and soil survey or problem soil reclamation and project formulation including agroforestry projects in Central or State Government department or Union territory Administration or recognized research institution or agricultural university or public sector undertaking or semi- Government or autonomous or statutory organization.


Note 1:- The departmental officers in the feeder category who are in the direct line of promotion shall not be eligible for consideration for appointment on deputation. Similarly, deputationists shall not be eligible for consideration for appointment by promotion.


Note 2 :- The qualification s regarding  experience are relaxable at the discretion of the Union Public Service Commision for reasons to be recorded in writing, in the case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes if at any stage of selection the Union Public Service Scheduled Tribes if at any stage of selection the Union Public Service Commision is of the opinion that sufficient number of candidates from these communities possessing the requisite experience are not likely to be available to be fill up the vacancy reserved for them.


3. List of duties / responsibilities attached to the post of Assistant Soil Conservation Officer (NRM/RFS) are as under : -


i. Initial Examination & technical comments on proposals relating to Soil & Water Conservation, Rainfed Area Development (RAD) including Integrated Farming Systems(IFS) and gro-forestry etc.

ii. Examination of District Action Plan (DAP) relating to various programmes supported under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) and Reclamation of Problem Soils.

iii. Technical examinations of interventions proposed under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana(RKVY) etc. pertaining to Dryland / Rainfed / NRM etc.

iv. Assisting in formulation of project proposals on Soil & Water Conservation, on-farm water management & Micro-Irrigation Systems for improving water use efficiency.

v. Assisting in formulation/revision of Guidelines of NMSA & preparation of publicity material/organization of seminars, workshop & training for officials for implementation of measures for adaptation & mitigation of impact of climate change on agriculture & allied sectors.

vi. Matters relating to International Cooperation & Externally aided projects on Natural Resources Management including dryland/rainfed agriculture/watersheds.

vii. Technical coordination with Ministries namely, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Ministry of Water resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Department of Land Resources etc.

viii. Cooperation/coordination of NMSA and Serving Climate change cell in Department of Agriculture Cooperation & Farmers Welfare.

ix. Examination and technical comments on Annual Action Plan of PMKSY-PDMC and magenta items of SLSC meeting received from States.

x. Coordination with various stakeholders for Crop, Marketing and Extension Plant in the command area of completed AIBP projects on PMKSY.



4.  Regulation of pay and other terms of deputation :-


The pay of the selected candidate will be regulated under the provisions contained in the DoP&T O.M. No. 6.8/2009-Estt.(Pay-II) dated 17/06/2010 as amended from time to time


5.  Age Limit :

The maximum age-limit for appointment by deputation (including short term contract) shall be not exceeding 56 years as on the closing  date of receipt of applications.


6. Period of deputation :- Period of deputation (including short term contract) including period of deputation (including short term contract) in another ex-cadre post held immediately preceding this appointment in the same or other organizations or departments of the Central Govt. shall ordinarily not exceed three years.


7. Application (in triplicate) only in the prescribed proforma (Annexure I) of the eligible candidates whose  services can be spread immediately on selection, together with the certificate from the Forwarding Authority (in proforma Annexure-II) along with the following documents:

(i) cadre clearance (ii) Integrity certificate (iii) List of major/minor penalties imposed if any, on the official during the last 10 years: (if no penalty has been imposed a ‘Nil’ certificate should be enclosed) (iv) Vigilance clearance certificate. (v) Attested photocopies of the ACRs for the last five years (attested on each page by an officers not below the rank of an Under Secretary to the Government of India): (vi) self attested copies of educational qualification


Complete advertisement, Bio-data format(annexure-I_ and certificate format for CC, IC, VC & MMP(Annexure-II),etc. Can be downloaded from the Department of Agriculture and

Farmers Welfare’s website :- (Link Recruitment Vacancies).


The Required documents mentioned at the end of Annexure , may be forwarded to Sh. Umesh Kumar Sah, Under Secretary (Pers.-II), Room No. 37-A, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi - 110001, within 60 days of the publication of the circular in the Employment News / Rozgar Samachar. Applications not forwarded through proper channels or those received without the  requisite certificates and necessary documents will not be entertained.


8. The candidates who apply for the post will not be allowed to withdraw their candidature subsequently.