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Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 20

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $31.68 - $38.17

Typical Annual Salary: $65,900 - $79,400

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.

tools & technology

  • Animal weighing scales
  • Floor or platform scales
  • Grain analyzers
  • Micrometers
  • Rulers

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

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