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Agricultural and forestry production managers

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1311

Description

Agricultural and forestry production managers plan, direct and coordinate production in large-scale agricultural, horticultural and forestry operations such as plantations, large ranches, collective farms and agricultural cooperatives to grow and harvest crops, and breed and raise livestock.
Tasks include -
(a) monitoring agricultural and forestry market activity and planning production to meet contract requirements and market demand;
(b) establishing and managing budgets, monitoring production output and costs, recording information such as farm management practices, and preparing financial and operational reports;
(c) conferring with buyers to arrange for the sale of crops and livestock;
(d) contracting with farmers or independent owners for production of crops and livestock, or for management of production;
(e) planning the type, intensity and sequence of farm operations (e.g. determining the best times for planting, spraying and harvesting);
(f) analysing soil to determine types and quantities of fertilizer required for maximum production;
(g) purchasing machinery, equipment and supplies such as tractors, seed, fertilizer and chemicals;
(h) identifying and controlling agricultural and forest environmental toxins, weeds, pests and diseases;
(i) organizing farming operations such as maintaining buildings, water supply systems and equipment;
(j) directing and coordinating activities such as planting, irrigation, chemical application, harvesting and grading;
(k) inspecting plantations and fields to determine maturity dates of crops, or to estimate potential crop damage from weather;
(l) overseeing the selection, training and performance of agricultural and forestry workers and contractors.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Forestry manager
- Plantation manager
- Ranch manager

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