Farm, ranch or other agricultural managers oversee farm, ranch or other agricultural workers. They are responsible for management and day-to-day operations of their farm or ranch, which includes hiring and supervising workers. They must keep track of production, expenses and income of their farms as well. For crop farms, these managers must make sure that their workers follow established procedures in fertilizing, planting, cultivating and harvesting crops. They also oversee their farm's irrigation system to make sure that it works efficiently, as well as hire irrigation contractors.
Some manager oversee horticulture, aquaculture, organic and livestock farms. Livestock farm managers make sure that their animals are healthy, work closely with veterinarians and go to auctions regularly to buy or sell livestock. Both livestock and ranch managers must make sure that their animals are fed properly and have healthy diets. They also must ensure the barns, coops and pens are clean and in good condition. Livestock or ranch managers also oversee breeding activities.
Farm, ranch or other agricultural managers must have previous agricultural experience, as well as excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. They must be able to communicate clearly and effectively with their workers and other parties, and they may have to attend relevant workshops to improve their skills. Farm, ranch or other agricultural managers must stay up to date with techniques and technology relevant to maintaining their farms effectively and efficiently. Additionally, they may belong to various farmers’ associations to share and broaden their knowledge.
Farm, Ranch, or Other Agricultural Manager Tasks
Hire, train, and supervise workers and plan, coordinate, and direct their activities.
Oversee and direct activities such as planting, growing, and harvesting crops or breeding and raising livestock.
Plan and manage the daily operation and business administration of a farm, ranch, timber tract, or other site of agricultural production.
Ensure farm operations and practices meet health, safety, and environmental standards and regulations.
Inspect farm buildings and equipment, making sure routine maintenance is carried out and repairs made when necessary.