A farm general manager, often referred to as an agricultural manager, is the person responsible for overseeing the development of crops, animals, and various items within a farm that are sold to businesses or consumers. A farm general manager typically works outside within the elements, although some may simply oversee the farm’s operations from indoors. The farm manager will typically work extended, often long hours, and this is a “more than full-time” position. Dependent on the farm, formal education is typically not required, as most owners do value real-life, hands-on experience over formal training. However, educational courses sometimes recommended for a farm general manager include farm management, agricultural economics, dairy sciences, and crop management. There are also several government-sponsored programs for farm managers to partake in.
A farm general manager will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of their farm, and this position requires a great number of duties, including managing daily operations of commercial operations, planning crops in order to maximize profit, ensuring minimal loss, creating farm budgets, hiring workers, evaluating workers, supervising all maintenance, acting as a representative of the farm within the business, traveling to meet with various farmers, maintaining absolute safety in the environment, retaining knowledge regarding the business, maintaining knowledge of applicable laws and procedures, contacting vendors and suppliers, and maintaining inventory. This position requires a person who knows the farm business inside and out and is willing to go the extra mile for the good of the whole.
General Manager, Farm Tasks
Plan and direct activities such as planting, growing, and harvesting crops or breeding and raising livestock.
Oversee the processing of payroll and financial records, and prepare reports on farm finances.
Hire, train, direct, and supervise farm workers and office staff.
Manage farm financing, including negotiating loans, establishing relationships with purchasers, and buying equipment.
Direct the planning and managing of farm operations and handle farm business administration and marketing.