Welcome,
New User

Take the Guided Tour Owen

Farm and Ranch Managers Print

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.

Work Activities
  • Operate or oversee the operations of dairy farms that produce bulk milk.
  • 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, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting.
  • Monitor activities such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, 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 or ranches.
  • Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.
  • Obtain financing necessary for purchases of machinery, land, supplies, or livestock.
  • Inspect farm or ranch equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Plan and direct development or production of hardier or higher-yield hybrid plant varieties.
  • Buy or sell futures contracts or price farm products in advance of future sales to minimize risk or maximize profits.
  • 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.
  • Analyze soil to determine types or quantities of fertilizer required for maximum crop production.
  • Evaluate marketing or sales alternatives for farm or ranch products.
  • Direct livestock or crop waste recycling operations.
  • Prepare budgets or financial reports for farm or ranch operations.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate or explain working techniques, practices, or safety regulations to farm or ranch workers.
  • Hire, train, or supervise workers engaged in planting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting, or marketing crops, or in raising livestock.
  • Select or purchase machinery, equipment, livestock, or supplies, such as seed, feed, fertilizer, or chemicals.
  • Analyze market conditions to determine acreage allocations.
  • Inspect farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, or roads, ordering repair or maintenance activities, as needed.
  • Replace chemical insecticides with environmentally friendly practices, such as adding pest-repelling plants to fields.
  • Supervise the construction of farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, drainage systems, wells, or roads.
  • Change processes such as drying, grading, storing, or shipping to improve efficiency or profitability.
Skills
  • Critical Thinking

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

  • Judgment and Decision Making

    Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

  • Speaking

    Talking to others to convey information effectively.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
5
Reading for Information
5
Locating Information
4
Abilities
  • Deductive Reasoning

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

  • Problem Sensitivity

    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

  • Inductive Reasoning

    The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Knowledge
  • Food Production

    Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

  • Administration and Management

    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

  • Mathematics

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

Career Video
Additional videos and more information available on CareerOneStop
Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $74,990/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $36.05/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 75,880
  • Yearly Projected Openings 1,290
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:
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Innovation
Tools
  • Power saws
  • Mowers
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles
  • Haymaking machinery
  • Animal husbandry equipment
Technology
  • Map creation software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Accounting software
Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
  • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.