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Farm and Ranch Managers - 11-9013.02

O*NET-SOC Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, or 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, financial, or marketing activities.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Accredited Farm Manager (AFM)
  • Cash Crop Farmer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Farm Manager
  • Farm Operator
  • Farmer
  • Grain Farmer
  • Ranch Manager
  • Rancher
  • Sow Farm Manager

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

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  • Analyze market conditions to determine acreage allocations.
  • Analyze soil to determine types or quantities of fertilizer required for maximum crop production.
  • Buy or sell futures contracts or price farm products in advance of future sales to minimize risk or maximize profits.
  • Change processes, such as drying, grading, storing, or shipping, to improve efficiency or profitability.
  • Demonstrate or explain working techniques, practices, or safety regulations to farm or ranch workers.
  • Determine types or quantities of crops or livestock to be raised, according to factors such as market conditions, federal programs or incentives, or soil conditions.
  • Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting.
  • Direct livestock or crop waste recycling operations.
  • Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.
  • Evaluate marketing or sales alternatives for farm or ranch products.
  • Hire, train, or supervise workers engaged in planting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting, or marketing crops, or in raising livestock.
  • Inspect farm or ranch equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, or roads, ordering repair or maintenance activities, as needed.
  • Inspect orchards or fields to determine crop maturity or condition or to detect disease or insect infestation.
  • Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches.
  • Monitor activities, such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, or grading, to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.
  • Monitor and adjust irrigation systems to distribute water according to crop needs and to avoid wasting water.
  • Monitor pasture or grazing land use to ensure that livestock are properly fed or that conservation methods, such as rotational grazing, are used.
  • Negotiate with buyers for the sale, storage, or shipment of crops or livestock.
  • Obtain financing necessary for purchases of machinery, land, supplies, or livestock.
  • Operate or oversee the operations of dairy farms that produce bulk milk.
  • Plan and direct development or production of hardier or higher-yield hybrid plant varieties.
  • Plan crop activities based on factors such as crop maturity or weather conditions.
  • Prepare budgets or financial reports for farm or ranch operations.
  • Replace chemical insecticides with environmentally friendly practices, such as adding pest-repelling plants to fields.
  • Select or purchase machinery, equipment, livestock, or supplies, such as seed, feed, fertilizer, or chemicals.
  • Supervise the construction of farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, drainage systems, wells, or roads.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze data to determine project feasibility.
  • Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.
  • Conduct employee training programs.
  • Direct facility maintenance or repair activities.
  • Evaluate quality of materials or products.
  • Hire personnel.
  • Implement organizational process or policy changes.
  • Inspect condition or functioning of facilities or equipment.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Maintain personnel records.
  • Manage agricultural or forestry operations.
  • Manage construction activities.
  • Monitor facilities or operational systems.
  • Monitor organizational compliance with regulations.
  • Monitor resources.
  • Negotiate contracts for transportation, distribution, or logistics services.
  • Negotiate sales or lease agreements for products or services.
  • Perform manual agricultural, aquacultural, or horticultural tasks.
  • Perform manual service or maintenance tasks.
  • Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets.
  • Prepare operational budgets.
  • Purchase materials, equipment, or other resources.
  • Supervise employees.
  • Train employees on environmental awareness, conservation, or safety topics.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Beekeeper
  • Farmer, General

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Beekeeper
  • Bonsai Culturist
  • Farmer, Cash Grain
  • Farmer, Diversified Crops
  • Farmer, Field Crop
  • Farmer, Fruit Crops, Bush and Vine
  • Farmer, General
  • Farmer, Tree-Fruit-and-Nut Crops
  • Farmer, Vegetable
  • Fish Farmer
  • Game-Bird Farmer
  • Gamekeeper
  • General Manager, Farm
  • Horticultural-Specialty Grower, Field
  • Horticultural-Specialty Grower, Inside
  • Manager, Dairy Farm
  • Manager, Game Breeding Farm
  • Manager, Orchard
  • Manager, Poultry Hatchery
  • Manager, Production, Seed Corn
  • Plant Propagator
  • Superintendent, Production
  • Worm Grower