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Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    6

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 64770/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 31.14/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 18,580
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,710

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Grain analyzers
    • Floor or platform scales
    • Desktop computers
    • Desktop calculator
    • Animal weighing scales

    Technology

    • Project management software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Customer relationship management CRM software

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