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Buyers & Purchasing Agents, Farm Products

Also called: Buyer, Grain Buyer, Grain Merchandiser, Merchandising Manager

What they do:
Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • customer service
  • accounting and economics
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • bringing people together to solve differences
  • talking people into changing their minds or their behavior


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP system software
  • Microsoft Great Plains software
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Product producer databases


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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