Agricultural and forestry production managers

Tasks and duties

  • Monitoring agricultural and forestry market activity and planning production to meet contract requirements and market demand
  • Establishing and managing budgets, monitoring production output and costs, recording information such as farm management practices, and preparing financial and operational reports
  • Conferring with buyers to arrange for the sale of crops and livestock
  • Contracting with farmers or independent owners for production of crops and livestock, or for management of production
  • Planning the type, intensity and sequence of farm operations (eg determining the best times for planting, spraying and harvesting)
  • Analysing soil to determine types and quantities of fertilizer required for maximum production
  • Purchasing machinery, equipment and supplies such as tractors, seed, fertilizer and chemicals
  • Identifying and controlling agricultural and forest environmental toxins, weeds, pests and diseases
  • Organizing farming operations such as maintaining buildings, water supply systems and equipment
  • Directing and coordinating activities such as planting, irrigation, chemical application, harvesting and grading
  • Inspecting plantations and fields to determine maturity dates of crops, or to estimate potential crop damage from weather
  • Overseeing the selection, training and performance of agricultural and forestry workers and contractors

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