Agricultural managers or farm managers are responsible for the daily planning, organization, supervision, and administration of activities on farm estates. Typical responsibilities include:
making policy decisions
budgeting and maintaining accurate financial records
organizing sales and purchases of livestock, farm equipment, crops, and agricultural products
handling paperwork and keeping administrative records
recruiting, training/instructing, and supervising farmworkers
making sure that work progresses satisfactorily
ensuring compliance with government regulations and health and safety standards
keeping up-to-date knowledge of pests and diseases
ensuring that the farm is profitable and meets projected financial targets
organizing maintenance/repair of farm property, equipment, and machinery
advertising and marketing farm products or the work of the farmer.
Variations in workloads relate to seasonal demands – some unsociable hours may be necessary during busy periods (eg during harvesting or lambing) and managers will be expected to deal with emergencies.
Over time, many farm managers specialize in a type of farming.