National Application Center :: career details :: Agricultural Crop Farm Managers
Career Details :: Agricultural Crop Farm Managers
Direct and coordinate, through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities of workers engaged in agricultural crop production for corporations, cooperatives, or other owners.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Directs and coordinates worker activities, such as planting, irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, grading, payroll, and record keeping.
- Contracts with farmers or independent owners for raising of crops or for management of crop production.
- Analyzes market conditions to determine acreage allocations.
- Coordinates growing activities with those of engineering, equipment maintenance, packing houses, and other related departments.
- Hires, discharges, transfers, and promotes workers, enforces safety regulations, and interprets policies.
- Purchases machinery, equipment, and supplies, such as tractors, seed, fertilizer, and chemicals.
- Plans and directs development and production of hybrid plant varieties with high yield or disease- and insect-resistant characteristics.
- Inspects orchards and fields to determine maturity dates of crops or to estimate potential crop damage from weather.
- Inspects equipment to ensure proper functioning.
- Analyzes soil to determine type and quantity of fertilizer required for maximum production.
- Determines procedural changes in drying, grading, storage, and shipment for greater efficiency and accuracy.
- Records information, such as production, farm management practices, and parent stock, and prepares financial and operational reports.
- Confers with purchasers and arranges for sale of crops.
- Negotiates with bank officials to obtain credit from bank.
- Evaluates financial statements and makes budget proposals.
- Farm and Home Management Advisors
- Farmers and Ranchers
- First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors of Agricultural Crop Workers
- First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors of Animal Husbandry Workers
- First-Line Supervisors and Manager/Supervisors of Horticultural Workers
- Fish Hatchery Managers
- Industrial Production Managers
- Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products
- Range Managers
General Work Activities
- Monitoring and Controlling Resources
- Communicating With Other Workers
- Coordinating Work & Activities of Others
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
- Management of Personnel Resources
- Management of Financial Resources
Frequent Work Context
- Consequence of Error
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Supervise, Coach, Train Others
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results