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Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products - 13-1021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Buyer
  • Grain Buyer
  • Grain Merchandiser
  • Grain Merchandising Manager
  • Grain Origination Specialist
  • Merchandiser
  • Merchandising Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Tobacco Buyer

SOC Occupation Groups

13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1000 Business Operations Specialists
13-1020 Buyers and Purchasing Agents
13-1021.00 Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

Related Occupations


  • Advise farm groups or growers on land preparation or livestock care techniques that will maximize the quantity and quality of production.
  • Arrange for processing or resale of purchased products.
  • Arrange for transportation or storage of purchased products.
  • Calculate applicable government grain quotas.
  • Coordinate or direct activities of workers engaged in cutting, transporting, storing, or milling products and maintaining records.
  • Estimate land production possibilities, surveying property and studying factors such as crop rotation history, soil fertility, or irrigation facilities.
  • Examine or test crops or products to estimate their value, determine their grade, or locate any evidence of disease or insect damage.
  • Maintain records of business transactions and product inventories, reporting data to companies or government agencies as necessary.
  • Negotiate contracts with farmers for the production or purchase of farm products.
  • Purchase, for further processing or for resale, farm products, such as milk, grains, or Christmas trees.
  • Review orders to determine product types and quantities required to meet demand.
  • Sell supplies, such as seed, feed, fertilizers, or insecticides, arranging for loans or financing as necessary.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on business or operational matters.
  • Calculate data to inform organizational operations.
  • Communicate with government agencies.
  • Coordinate logistics or other business operations.
  • Determine the value of goods or services.
  • Evaluate condition of properties.
  • Execute sales or other financial transactions.
  • Maintain data in information systems or databases.
  • Negotiate contracts with clients or service providers.
  • Purchase products or services.
  • Supervise employees.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Buyer, Grain
  • Christmas-Tree Contractor
  • Clean-Rice Broker
  • Field Contractor
  • Field-Contact Technician