Farm managers are responsible for optimizing the production of their farms regarding either crops or livestock, as well as setting operating goals and business plans. This job often requires managing farmers and farm hands, so leadership skills are highly beneficial.
Farm mangers usually hire their own employees, and employees' work must be overseen and corrections may sometimes be necessary. These managers should have expertise in operating heavy farm equipment which may occasionally malfunction, so it is important to maintain it well and perform small repairs when necessary. It is also important to ensure that all buildings on the farm are maintained properly. Staying up-to-date with developments in the field is beneficial in order to implement changes when necessary; this includes installing new equipment or modifying and implementing operating procedures. Some jobs require technical experience, such as welding, plumbing, or electricity, in order to perform basic maintenance around the farm.
Farm managers must ensure that hygiene is upheld and other standards of regulations and laws are met. Basic computer skills are required in order to perform basic administrative duties, such as communication, budget-keeping, scheduling, payroll, and records relating to spending and production. A bachelor’s degree in agriculture or a related field is often requested, though some positions are open to those with a high school diploma and significant experience.
Farm Manager Tasks
Hire, train, and supervise workers and plan, coordinate, and direct their activities.
Plan and direct activities such as planting, growing, and harvesting crops or breeding and raising livestock.
Inspect farm buildings and equipment, making sure routine maintenance is carried out and repairs made when necessary.
Oversee the operation of a farm, including planning and managing production and handling business administration.
Ensure farm operations and practices meet health, safety, and environmental standards and regulations.