Farm and Ranch Managers
SOC: 11-9013.02

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Alternate Titles:

  • Accredited Farm Manager (AFM)
  • Agricultural Crop Farm Manager
  • Agriculture Manager
  • Animal Husbandry Manager
  • Apiarist
  • Apiculturist
  • Arboriculturist
  • Assistant Farm Operations Manager
  • Barn and Property Manager
  • Beef Farmer
  • Bush and Vine Fruit Crop Farmer
  • Cash Crop Farmer
  • Cash Grain Farmer
  • Cash Grain Grower
  • Cattle Farmer
  • Coffee Farmer
  • Corn Grower
  • Cotton Farmer
  • Cotton Grower
  • Crop or Livestock Tenant Farmer
  • Crop, Grain, or Livestock Farm Manager
  • Crop, Grain, or Livestock Farmer
  • Cropper
  • Dairy Farm Operator
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Dairy Grazer
  • Dairyman
  • Diversified Crops Farmer
  • Dryland Farmer
  • Energy Crop Farmer
  • Farm Facility Manager
  • Farm Field Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Farm Operator
  • Farm Rancher
  • Farmer
  • Feedlot Manager
  • Field Crop Farmer
  • Field Horticultural Specialty Grower
  • Field Manager
  • Fox Raiser
  • Fruit Farmer
  • Fruit Grower
  • Fruit or Nut Crops Farm Manager
  • Fruit or Nut Farmer
  • Fruit Raiser
  • Fruit Rancher
  • Fur Farmer
  • Game Bird Farmer
  • Game Breeding Farm Manager
  • General Farm Manager
  • General Farmer
  • Grain Farmer
  • Hatchery Manager
  • Herb Grower
  • Herdsman
  • Hog Raiser
  • Horse Rancher
  • Horticultural Farm Manager
  • Horticultural Farmer
  • Inside Horticultural Specialty Grower
  • Livestock Farm Manager
  • Livestock Producer
  • Livestock Rancher
  • Mink Rancher
  • Muck Farmer
  • Orchardist
  • Pig Farmer
  • Pineapple Plantation Manager
  • Poultry Barn Manager
  • Poultry Farmer
  • Poultry Hatchery Manager
  • Poultryman
  • Production Superintendent
  • Ranch Manager
  • Rancher
  • Rat Farmer
  • Reptile Farmer
  • Seed Corn Production Manager
  • Sod Farmer
  • Sow Farm Manager
  • Stockman
  • Sugar Cane Planter
  • Sugar Plantation Manager
  • Tobacco Grower
  • Tree Fruit and Nut Crops Farmer
  • Truck Farmer
  • Turf Farmer
  • Vegetable Farmer
  • Vineyardist
  • Viticulturist
  • Worm Farmer


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Change processes such as drying, grading, storing, or shipping to improve efficiency or profitability.
  • 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 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 structures, such as buildings, fences, or roads, ordering repair or maintenance activities, as needed.
  • 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 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 crop activities based on factors such as crop maturity or weather conditions.
  • Prepare budgets or financial reports for farm or ranch operations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate or explain working techniques, practices, or safety regulations to farm or ranch workers.
  • Direct livestock or crop waste recycling operations.
  • Inspect farm or ranch equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect orchards or fields to determine crop maturity or condition or to detect disease or insect infestation.
  • Monitor and adjust irrigation systems to distribute water according to crop needs and to avoid wasting water.
  • Plan and direct development or production of hardier or higher-yield hybrid plant varieties.
  • Replace chemical insecticides with environmentally friendly practices, such as adding pest-repelling plants to fields.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Animal blood collection syringes
  • Animal feeders
  • Animal transportation trailers
  • Animal vaccination syringes
  • Artificial insemination kits
  • Backhoes
  • Belt conveyor systems
  • Branding equipment
  • Brush mowers
  • Chain saws
  • Circular saws
  • Claw hammers
  • Corn pickers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dump trucks
  • Egg gathering equipment
  • Extension ladders
  • Farm tractors
  • Farm trucks
  • Field cultivators
  • Field watering systems
  • Four wheel drive 4WD trucks
  • Garden hoes
  • Gardening shovels
  • Global positioning system GPS receivers
  • Grain combines
  • Grain drills
  • Grain dryers
  • Grain scales
  • Grease guns
  • Handheld computers
  • Hay balers
  • Hay mowing machines
  • Hay trucks
  • Laptop computers
  • Lawn mowers
  • Livestock castration equipment
  • Manure spreaders
  • Milking equipment
  • Mowing equipment
  • Oil dispensing cans
  • Personal computers
  • Portable welding equipment
  • Poultry incubators
  • Snow blowers
  • Snowplow attachments
  • Spray attachments
  • Tablet computers
  • Weedeaters
  • Accutech Systems Corporation AccuFarm-MGR
  • Advanced Veterinary Services Ranch Vision
  • Ag Connections Land.db
  • Ag Leader Technology SMS Advanced
  • AGCO Advanced Technology Solutions Fieldstar
  • AgData Blue Skies Accounting
  • Agevo Farm Manager
  • AgriSoft/CMC AgriSoft/ERP
  • AgTerra Technologies AgTrac
  • Alua Software Paddock Pro
  • Brihzon Solutions SMART Dairy Resource Planning
  • Cattlesoft CattleMax
  • CattleWorks
  • CDA International Manifold System
  • Countryside Data Ag Payroll
  • Custom Software Group CSG AgroSys
  • Datatech The Farmer's Office
  • Delta Data Systems AGIS
  • DIVA-GIS
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcPad
  • EZ-Ranch Cattle Management Software
  • Farm Business Software Systems Smart Feeder
  • Farm Files Crops
  • Farm Files Livestock
  • Geographic resources analysis support system GRASS software
  • Global Mapper Software Global Mapper
  • Global positioning system GPS software
  • i.Agri LandMark Farm
  • International Response Technologies CowChip - Ranch House
  • John Deere Apex Farm Management
  • KELTEC Systems HerdMaster
  • Lion Edge Technologies Ranch Manager software
  • MapInfo software
  • MapShots EASi Suite
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Midwest MicroSystems Cow Sense
  • Payroll software
  • Pear Technology Fieldman Farmer
  • PigCHAMP Care 3000
  • ProducePak Mobile Farm Management
  • Red Wing Software CenterPoint Farm Accounting Software
  • Sanders Software Consulting FarmBooks Accounting Software
  • SAP software
  • Specialized Data Systems Ultra Farm
  • SST Development Group SSToolbox
  • SST Development Group Stratus
  • Stenco Technologies Farm Trends
  • Sunrise Software CropSave
  • TapLogic FarmLogic
  • TatukGIS Editor
  • Trimble AgGPS EZ-Map
  • Trimble Farm Works software
  • Vertical Solutions Easy-Farm Accounting
  • Web browser software
  • ZedX AgFleet


  • management


    industry stats

    SOC: 11-0000

    Total Employed: 6,936,990

    Average Annual Salary: $115,020