Farm Management

Plan. Protect. Manage farmland or ranches with an eye on sustainability. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, you may be right for a career in farm management.

work in farm management, get the education needed for farm manager jobsWhat Does a Career in Farm Management Look Like?

Farm managers research farm and ranch land management practices to best provide sustainable production of forage, livestock or wildlife. You may develop and teach farming best practices, or you may actively manage a ranch, farm or range.

Farm management work usually entails:

  • Planning and directing the operation of a farm, ranch, greenhouse, aquacultural operation, nursery, timber tract or other such agricultural establishment.
  • Supervision of planning and execution of planting, cultivating and harvesting operations, with an eye for sustainable practices such as nutrient management and waste management.
  • Regulate grazing or crop planting to maximize nutrient management and minimize environmental impact of operations.
  • Assess environmental impact of operations and advise owners and supervisors regarding sustainability and animal or soil health.
  • Act as a mediator and planner working with both conservationists and owners.
  • Plan and execute sustainable yield practices such as controlled burns, herbicide use or revegetation efforts.

As a farm manager, you will be expected to have deep knowledge of biology and earth sciences, and possibly of animal husbandry. You will need to be comfortable managing agricultural or forestry operations, measuring environmental impacts, developing plans and speaking to livestock management methods.

Farm Management Salary

Those working in farm management earn a national median salary of $58,090 (as of 2016).

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What Education is Required to Work in Farm Management?

Most farm management positions require a bachelor’s degree, although some do not. Some positions require a master’s degree or a graduate level certificate.

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Explore the many related educational programs available at NC State here:

  • Majors, Minors & Certificates

Farm Management Job Opportunities

There are many different types of farm management jobs to choose from. The following are just a few of the common job titles graduates qualify for:

  • Farm Manager (also Accredited Farm Manager)
  • Sustainable Agricultural Production Manager
  • Organic Farming Specialist
  • Ranch Manager
  • Range Technician
  • Rangeland Management Specialist
  • Farmland Resource Management Specialist

Explore farm management job opportunities here.

Ready to Get Started?

Develop best practices. Teach and manage a farm or ranch. Apply today to build your career in farm management.