Agricultural manager

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Agricultural managers or farm managers are responsible for the daily planning, organisation, supervision and administration of activities on farm estates. Typical responsibilities include:

  • forward planning

  • making policy decisions

  • budgeting and maintaining accurate financial records

  • organising sales and purchases of livestock, farm equipment, crops and agricultural products

  • handling paperwork and keeping administrative records

  • recruiting, training/instructing and supervising farm workers

  • making sure that work progresses satisfactorily

  • ensuring compliance with government regulations and health and safety standards

  • keeping an up-to-date knowledge of pests and diseases

  • ensuring that the farm is profitable and meets projected financial targets

  • organising 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 specialise in a type of farming.


Qualifications and training required


There are no qualifications required as standard for agricultural management roles, but many managers have at least a foundation degree/HND in an agricultural, horticultural, land or animal-related subject.

Please note that employers traditionally value experience more than academic qualifications.


Key skills for agricultural managers


  • Initiative

  • Flexibility

  • Good communication

  • Analytical skills

  • Commercial awareness

  • IT skills

  • The ability to apply technical knowledge of the environment and legislation/public policy matters in a practical environment

  • Marketing and sales skills

  • Teamwork and leadership


Typical employers of agricultural managers


  • Large farm estates and smaller farms

  • Research institutes

  • Agricultural colleges

  • Farm management consultancy firms

  • Food production/manufacturing companies

  • The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


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