Buyers and Purchasing Agents

Purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. Includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers.

Skills Required

Holland Code: Conventional - for organized people who like structure and detail-oriented work

Conventional - for organized people who like structure and detail-oriented work

Are you organized and like structure and detail-oriented tasks?


  • Purchase, for further processing or for resale, farm products, such as milk, grains, or Christmas trees.
  • Negotiate contracts with farmers for the production or purchase of farm products.
  • Arrange for processing or resale of purchased products.
  • Arrange for transportation or storage of purchased products.
  • Maintain records of business transactions and product inventories, reporting data to companies or government agencies as necessary.
  • Examine or test crops or products to estimate their value, determine their grade, or locate any evidence of disease or insect damage.
  • Coordinate or direct activities of workers engaged in cutting, transporting, storing, or milling products and maintaining records.
  • Calculate applicable government grain quotas.
  • Sell supplies, such as seed, feed, fertilizers, or insecticides, arranging for loans or financing as necessary.

Related Careers

  • Appraisers, Real Estate
  • Assessors
  • Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
  • Storage and Distribution Managers
  • Cargo and Freight Agents
  • First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
  • Parts Salespersons
  • Demonstrators and Product Promoters
  • Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
  • Cost Estimators
Minimum Level of Education Required

Bachelor's Degree

There are multiple education and training pathways to prepare for this career. In addition to credentials, employer sponsored training, on-the-job training, and other types of experience can help you get the skills and knowledge you need to be successful.