Brief description

The position of purchasing agent & buyer (farm products) consists of purchasing farm products either for further processing or reselling and attempting to get the best deal for the company.


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

Qualifications and requirements

  • A high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Ability to use logic and reason to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions;
  • Ability to persuade others to change their minds or behavior;
  • Ability to identify complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

 Competencies (in order of importance)

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Lines of communication

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Working conditions

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