Farm managers oversee all activities needed to run a farm. They supervise employees check on livestock andor crops and plan how items produced on the farm will be marketed. They may also keep financial records and manage loans that have been made to the farm. They must be knowledgeable about any government regulations that apply to the type of farm on which they work. During harvesting season those working on smaller farms may pitch in to help with the labor that is required. When the harvest is over they work on plans for the upcoming growing season and they check to make sure all equipment and structures on the premises are in good repair. Given all the duties that farm managers oversee the website www.ehow.com says that people who own farms but do not actually live on them usually want to hire managers who have a solid business background. The website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com says that aspiring farm managers have the best chance of being hired and promoted to higher-level supervisory positions if they have a two-year degree or preferably a bachelor’s degree in some aspect of farm management from an agricultural college. However experience working on a farm is beneficial. Those with bachelor’s degrees should seek certification from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers once they have several years of work experience. The website www.ehow.com says that the best opportunities for farm managers in the next few years will be at farms that produce organic food or cultivate flowers and plants. According to the website httpcareers.stateuniversity.com employment prospects for this career are below average because many farms today are owned by corporations. However the median annual salary is approximately $55000.
|Education Required:||Associate's Degree|
|Tasks:||Manages the day-to-day operations of a farm.
Oversees farm administrative responsibilities.
Markets farm products.
Purchases supplies for the farm.
|Also Called:||Agricultural Manager
Agricultural Crop Farm Manager