Farm Manager / Farmer / Plant Producer

Plant. Nurture. Harvest. Plan, direct and supervise day-to-day activities at a fruit or vegetable farm, orchard or vineyard.

What Does Working as a Farm Manager Look Like?

work as a farmer, farming jobsPlan, 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.

If you pursue a career in farm management, you will most likely do the following:

  • Inspect orchards or fields to determine crop maturity or condition or to detect disease or insect infestation.  
  • Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, irrigation, spraying or harvesting.  
  • Hire, train and supervise farm workers.
  • Monitor activities such as chemical application, harvesting or grading to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.  
  • Plan crop activities based on factors such as crop maturity or weather conditions.  
  • Maintain financial, operational, production or employment records for farms.  
  • Contribute to or run marketing activities.

To work in this field, you need to understand horticultural and soil science basics. You also need managerial and business management skills.

Farm Manager Salary

Those working farm management  jobs earn a national median salary of $58,090 with upper range salaries of approximately $73,000.

farm management salary

What Education is Required to Work in Farm Management?

Some positions require an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree, or a post-secondary certificate; other positions do not.

What education do I need to work as a farm manager

Farm Manager Job Opportunities

There are many different types of related farm manager jobs to choose from. The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates of horticultural science programs qualify for:

  • Farm Manager
  • Farmer
  • Food Safety Inspector
  • Grower

Explore farm management job opportunities.

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