Career Profiles

Consulting agronomist from the Mid Atlantic States

I am a broad based agronomist and business leader being exposed to Chesapeake Bay and Finger Lakes water issues.

Cliff Love
Consulting Member
Profitable Growth Services, LLC

I consider myself a: Agronomist

My Highest Degree: Bachelor’s Degree

I received my degrees from: Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture

I received my degree(s) in: Dairy Husbandry

I have the following Certification(s):

I chose to become certified because: To help farmers and consumers make smart, sustainable decisions in their everyday lives while helping with higher level issues of the industry through other affiliations.

Length of Career: 19 years

What was your career path to your current position?
My path started on a family dairy farm that then led to school for Dairy Husbandry. In the process of my studies I found that I really enjoyed learning how and why people make the buying decisions they made. I entered the agriculture retail industry and began a career in retail management. In 2013 I went into the consultant arena to apply my 27 years of experiences.

What projects are you working on now? What interesting projects have you worked on/led in the past?
I have worked on several interesting projects:
1. A Plant Health project that was a two year series of field trials on the effectiveness of Headline fungicide on corn.
2. I did a two year nitrogen study using various nitrogen sources and ratios at various stages of crop growth and tillage on corn.
3. I helped to develop a foliar and in furrow fertilizer line up for the company I worked for.
4. I created a 4 man precision technologies department for the company I worked for.
5. I was a regional computer technician who helped convert stores to computerized inventory management systems for a year.
6. I was the facility manage on a 4.5 year project to reopen a failed business.

What do you find most interesting about your work (either currently or a story of a past experience)?
I always like learning new things and figuring out how to use them in a practical setting.

What do you like best about your job and/or what do you like best about being in your profession?
I like problem solving and learning about people and who they are, what their life experiences are and then how to help them be a good steward of the land and livestock. I also like learning and helping to contribute to making decisions on what will be best for the future of farming.

What’s the one thing you would change about your job/profession that would make it better?
The industry I come from needs to get back making the best recommendations for the farmer and if that says "I don't have what's best for you" don't be afraid to say that. The fertilizer industry is a very demanding industry of it's employees requiring very large sacrifices. Consequently, you find not as many new people coming in as are leaving.

What would you say to someone thinking about entering the profession? What advice would you give for succeeding in this field?
You must have the best interest of the farmer at heart and always manage your career accordingly. There will be many times that it is easy to make the wrong recommendation because of the demands placed on you by forces beyond your control. Strong ethics and character are built on daily decisions in the little things.

What do you like doing in your free time?
walk, read, wood working

If you have more questions about my career, feel free to contact me at:

Cliff Love
Consulting Member
Profitable Growth Services, LLC
Profitable Growth Services, LLC