Farmers and farm managers perform some or all the following duties:
A. Develop and keep financial and production records.
B. Farmers and farm managers may manage farms specialized in particular crops such as wheat, apples or potatoes or raise particular livestock such as beef cattle, hogs or chickens.
C. Manage the overall operation of a farm, ranch or orchard
D. Determine the amount and kinds of crops to be grown and livestock to be raised
E. Plant, cultivate and harvest crops
F. Raise and breed livestock and poultry
G. Hire and supervise farm workers
1. Extensive farming experience (obtained as a farmer, farm supervisor or specialized livestock worker or by working on a family farm) is usually required.
2. A college diploma in agriculture may be required.
3. Almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma and 3 in 10 have a trade/vocational certificate.
2. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Farmers and Farm Managers is $13.96/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the primary industry sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.