Farmers, Ranchers, and other Agricultural Managers

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Also known as:
Agricultural Crop Farm Manager, Animal Husbandry Manager, Aquaculture Farm Manager, Beef Farm Operator, Christmas Tree Farm Manager, Dairy Farm Manager, Fish Hatchery Manager, Greenhouse Manager, Hatchery Manager, Orchard Manager

SNAPSHOT

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.

Daily tasks

Analyze soil to determine types or quantities of fertilizer required for maximum crop production.

Coordinate the selection and maintenance of brood stock.

Supervise the construction of farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, drainage systems, wells, or roads.

Prepare reports required by state and federal laws.

Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.

Direct and monitor trapping and spawning of fish, egg incubation, and fry rearing, applying knowledge of management and fish culturing techniques.

Devise and participate in activities to improve fish hatching and growth rates, and to prevent disease in hatcheries.

Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches.

Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules.

Determine how to allocate resources and to respond to unanticipated problems, such as insect infestation, drought, and fire.

Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
Monitoring and Controlling Resources Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
TOP SKILLS
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.