Agricultural Business / Finance Unit 1-B

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Agricultural Business / Finance

Unit 1
-
B

1.
List and discuss various occupations in
agribusiness.

2.
Describe the competencies that are needed
for entry level positions.

3.
List the educational requirements &
working conditions for each career.

4.
Identify & describe personal skills needed
for successful agribusiness careers.


Career


Agricultural Economist


Job Description
-

Studies data and statistics in order to
spot trends in economic activity, economic
confidence levels and consumer attitudes. They study
farm management, agricultural policy, crop values,
farm credit, agricultural marketing and commodity
exchanges. They look at the ways these operations
affect farm income and food prices. They study
agricultural trade, resources, and economic
development overseas.



Educational Requirements
-

4 year degree within
discipline


Competencies needed for a successful career as
an agricultural economist
:


Mathematical,

Analytical,

Organizational,


Work independently,

Computer Skills,


Written Communications,

Detail Oriented,


Works under pressure, Presentational,


Research, Basic Business Principles.


Working Conditions:


Mainly office work; work with several people.
Utilize assistants, computers and telephones.

Career



Chemical Distributor


Job Description
-

Chemical Distributors
distribute chemicals and serves the farming
community by providing chemicals used in
farm situations. A knowledge of chemical
uses, warnings, and disposal methods is
necessary.


Educational Requirements
-

2 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career
as a chemical distributor
:


Mathematical,

Oral Communications,


Interpersonal,

Organizational,

Scientific,


Dependable ,

Computer Skills, Written


Communication, Management, Negotiating.



Working Conditions:


Most work time will be spent indoors in
offices and warehouses.

Career



Dairy Management Specialist


Job Description
-

Expert in the field of dairy
management. Specializes in the care of dairy
cattle and dairy operation. They also attend
stock sales; buy and sell stock; purchase feed,
machinery & other farming materials; hire,
supervise and dismiss farm workers; manage
pasture, stock and stock breeding programs; and
keep financial and farming records.


Educational Requirements
-

2 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career
as a dairy management specialist
:


Mathematical ,

Analytical, Patience,


Oral Communications,

Organizational,



Dependable, Work independently, Decision


Making.


Working Conditions
: Most of the work is
outdoors in all kinds of weather.


Career



Account Executive


Job Description
-

Manages, analyzes and
controls financial accounts. They compile,
analyze, manage, check and prepare business
and financial records such as income
statements, balance sheets, cost studies and
tax returns.


Educational Requirements
-

4 year degree
within discipline

Competencies needed for a successful career
as an account executive

-


Mathematical,

Analytical, Oral
Communication, Organizational,

Decision
Making, Computer Skills,

Detail Oriented,


Basic Business Principles, Responsible,


Logical,

Orderly Minded.


Working Conditions
-

In an office
-

can be
traveling to see clients and establish new
accounts.



Career



Advertising Manager


Job Description


Advertising Managers plan,
create, produce and place advertising for
clients who have products or services to sell,
or who have a position they wish to make
known on issues or special interests.


Educational Requirements
-

2 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career as
an advertising manager




Oral Communications,

Interpersonal ,


Creative, Highly Motivated,

Organizational,


Adapts to Change,

Team Player, Enthusiastic,


Computer Skills,

Written Communications,


Presentational,

Sales,

Innovativeness, Outgoing
Personality,

Motivational.


Working Conditions
-

Indoors working with
computers and other forms of multimedia. Meets
with clients to establish advertising needs.



Career



Agricultural Consultant


Job Description


Audits and appraises
agricultural
-
related businesses and makes
suggestions on improvements. Agricultural
Consultants manage, analyze and control
financial accounts and examine business
operations to find ways to improve efficiency
and profits for farmers, ranchers and
agribusiness’s.


Educational Requirements
-

4 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career
as an agricultural consultant




Mathematical,

Analytical,

Oral
Communication, Interpersonal,

Creative,
Highly Motivated, Tactful,

Technical,


Customer Service,

Logical, Quick Thinking,


Inquisitive,

Determination,

Confidence.


Working Conditions
-

Mainly indoors in an
office setting; work with people and
computers

Career



Agricultural Loan Officer


Job Description


Agricultural loan officers
manage, evaluate and distribute loans to
farmers, ranchers and agribusiness people.




Educational Requirements
-

4 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career
as an agricultural loan officer




Mathematical,

Analytical, Interpersonal,


Organizational,

Dependable,

Patience,


Management,

Detail Oriented,

Tactful,


Works under pressure, Logical,

Negotiating,
Investigative, Persistent.


Working Conditions
-

Inside work. Work with
farmers and agribusiness men. Also work with
computers.

Career



Animal Health Products
Representative


Job Description


They develop sales and
marketing strategies for selling of animal
health products. Animal health product
representatives work for the makers of the
products and supplies. They sell them to
distributors, farm products dealers, farm
cooperatives and large
-
scale operatives.


Educational Requirements
-

2 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career
as an animal health products rep.




Oral & Written Communications,



Interpersonal, Highly Motivated, Dependable,


Computer Skills, Work independently,


Presentational,

Sales,

Responsible, Customer


Service,

Good with Animals,

Helps Others,


Initiative,

Determination,

Persistent .


Working Conditions
-

Much travel and meeting
with people is required.

Career



Commodity Broker


Job Description


Trades products and cash
based on stock market and futures
projections.


Educational Requirements
-

4 year degree
within discipline.

Competencies needed for a successful career as a
commodity broker




Mathematical,

Analytical,

Oral & Written


Communications, Highly Motivated, Self


Motivated, Goal Oriented,

Customer Service,


Negotiating,

Quick Thinking, Steady Nerves,


Works under pressure,

Sales.


Working Conditions
-

Brokers usually work in offices,
where there is much activity. They have access to
"quote boards' or computer terminals that continually
provide information on the prices of commodities.
When activity increases, due to changes in the
economy, the pace can become very hectic.

Career



Farm Appraiser


Job Description


Farm Appraisers put a dollar
value on farms and the land, based on
general market conditions, land and lease
values, value per acre and historical value
per acre.


Educational Requirements
-

2 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career
as a farm appraiser



Mathematical,

Analytical,

Oral & Written


Communications, Organizational,



Dependable, Highly Motivated, Self
-
Motivated,

Detail Oriented, Responsible,


Customer Service,

Logical, Investigative.


Working Conditions
-

Outdoors
-

appraising
farms and/or ranches. Office work required
for reporting.

Career



Farm Manager


Job Description


Farm mangers organize and
analyze farm resources, finances, and
problems; they develop solutions and plans
for future farm enterprises; and they make
daily farming decisions related to crops,
machinery, and labor.


Educational Requirements
-

2 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career as a farm
manager




Interpersonal,

Organizational,

Motivational,


Oral & Written Communications, Mathematical, Detail
Oriented,

Basic Business Principles,

Responsible,

Goal
Oriented, Customer Service,

Helps Others,


Outgoing Personality.


Working Conditions
-

Mostly outdoors. The work of farm
managers is often strenuous: their work hours are
frequently long, and their days off are sometimes
infrequent. Of those who work full time, half work 60 or
more hours a week. Nevertheless, these disadvantages are
often outweighed by the opportunities for living in a more
rural area, working outdoors, being self employed, and
making a living working the land.

Career



Floral Shop Operator


Job Description


Floral shop operators direct
all operations and supervise the personnel in
a floral shop. They must be knowledgeable in
business management, and be able to
communicate effectively with the flower
shop personnel.


Educational Requirements
-

2 year degree

Competencies needed for a successful career as a floral
shop operator




Oral & Written Communications, Interpersonal,

Creative,
Organizational, Team Player,

Manual Dexterity,
Management, Presentational,

Sales, Basic Business
Principles, Customer Service,

Helps Others,


Outgoing Personality.


Working Conditions
-

Inside a floral shop or nursery. Florists
may stand or sit while designing. During the holiday
seasons, when many people order flowers, floral designers
often work long hours to meet deadlines. In general, most
retail flower shops employ relatively few workers. A sales
staff usually deals with the public. Other florists, who also
operate greenhouses or nurseries, have larger staff, each
with specific duties.

Career



Forest Products Merchandiser


Job Description


Forest products
merchandisers market and develop selling
strategies for forest products such as lumber
and paper.


Educational Requirements
-

2 year degree
within discipline.

Competencies needed for a successful career as
a forest products merchandiser




Mathematical,

Oral & Written
Communications,

Interpersonal,
Organizational,

Work independently, Decision
Making,

Computer Skills, Self
-
Motivated,
Management,

Detail Oriented,

Presentational
Sales,

Goal Oriented,

Customer Service,
Initiative,

Confidence,

Outgoing Personality.


Working Conditions
-

Forest Products
Merchandisers generally work in offices, using
the computer and phone to sell lumber products
to prospective buyers.

Other careers related to agribusiness:

-
Golf Course Superintendent

-
Greenhouse Manager

-
Grain Buyer and/or Broker

-
Insurance Agent

-
Kennel Operator

-
Livestock Commissions Agent

-
Livestock Yard Supervisor

-
Lumber Mill Operator

-
Market Analyst

-
Milk Plant Supervisor

-
Nursery Operator

-
Orchard Supervisor

-
Pet Shop Operator

-
Produce Buyer

-
Public Relations Rep.

-
Agriculture Supply Sales Rep.