Job Profile:      Accredited Farm Manager (AFM)

Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.

Job Information
36,900 84,100 172,150

Select Tasks
Manage nurseries that grow horticultural plants for sale to trade or retail customers, for display or exhibition, or for research. Direct and monitor trapping and spawning of fish, egg incubation, and fry rearing, applying knowledge of management and fish culturing techniques. Direct and monitor the transfer of mature fish to lakes, ponds, streams, or commercial tanks.
Determine how to allocate resources and to respond to unanticipated problems, such as insect infestation, drought, and fire. Determine plant growing conditions, such as greenhouses, hydroponics, or natural settings, and set planting and care schedules. Devise and participate in activities to improve fish hatching and growth rates, and to prevent disease in hatcheries.
Position and regulate plant irrigation systems, and program environmental and irrigation control computers. Prepare reports required by state and federal laws. Inspect facilities and equipment for signs of disrepair, and perform necessary maintenance work.
Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches. Coordinate clerical, record-keeping, inventory, requisitioning, and marketing activities. Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.
Negotiate with buyers for the sale, storage, or shipment of crops or livestock. Coordinate the selection and maintenance of brood stock. Analyze soil to determine types or quantities of fertilizer required for maximum crop production.
Provide information to customers on the care of trees, shrubs, flowers, plants, and lawns. Analyze market conditions to determine acreage allocations. Supervise the construction of farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, drainage systems, wells, or roads.
Replace chemical insecticides with environmentally friendly practices, such as adding pest-repelling plants to fields. Conduct inspections to determine crop maturity or condition or to detect disease or insect infestation. Conduct or supervise stock examinations to identify diseases or parasites.
Determine types or quantities of crops, plants, or livestock to be grown and raised, based on budgets, federal incentives, market conditions, executive directives, projected sales volumes, or soil conditions. Determine, administer, and execute policies relating to operations administration and standards, facility maintenance, and safety. Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, and harvesting.
Evaluate marketing or sales alternatives for products. Hire, supervise, and train support workers. Monitor activities, such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, and grading, to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.
Monitor environments to ensure maintenance of optimum animal or plant life. Obtain financing for and purchase necessary machinery, land, supplies, or livestock.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Adjustable widemouth pliers Aeration pumps Aerosol foggers
Air compression equipment Animal blood collection syringes Animal feeders
Animal transportation trailers Animal vaccination syringes Aquaculture tanks
Artificial insemination kits Backhoe attachments Backhoes
Bar code readers Belt conveyor systems Bench scales
Biological filters Branding equipment Brush mowers
Cage nets Carbon dioxide systems Centrifugal water pumps
Chain saws Chemical sprayers Chipping equipment
Circular saws Claw hammers Clockwork belt feeders
Composting equipment Cordless power drills Corn pickers
Desktop computers Dew point meters Digital flowmeters
Dip nets Drainage pumps Drip emitters
Dump trucks Egg gathering equipment Electric timing devices
Extended pole pruners Extension ladders Farm tractors
Farm trucks Fertigation equipment Fertilizer injectors
Field cultivators Field watering systems Fish collection nets
Fish counters Fish crowders Fish egg counters
Fish egg sorters Fish feeders Fish graders
Fish holding pens Fish incubators Fish transfer pumps
Fish traps Forklifts Four wheel drive 4WD trucks
Fry nets Fumigation equipment Garden hoes
Gardening shovels Gas-powered generators Global positioning system GPS receivers
Grain combines Grain drills Grain dryers
Grain scales Grease guns Hacksaws
Handheld computers Handheld dissolved oxygen meters Handsaws
Hay balers Hay mowing machines Hay trucks
Humidifiers Humidity meters Hydroponic equipment
Impact sprinklers Laptop computers Lawn edgers
Lawn mowers Layout squares Light evaluation meters
Line cutters Livestock castration equipment Manure spreaders
Materials conveyors Mechanized tilling equipment Microsprinklers
Milking equipment Mist control systems Mowing equipment
Mulch spreaders Multipurpose pliers Multipurpose tractors
Oil dispensing cans Overhead sprinklers Ozone generators
Personal computers pH indicators pH probes
Phillips screwdrivers Pipe wrenches Pneumatic cutters
Pneumatic pruners Pop-up sprinklers Portable air compressors
Portable dataloggers Portable power saws Portable welding equipment
Poultry incubators Power augers Power monitors
Power mowers Power nail guns Power nail pullers
Powered trailers Propane torches Pruning tools
Radiant heaters Round metal files Safety gloves
Screen filters Security alarm systems Seine reels
Skid steer machines Snow blowers Snowplow attachments
Soil electrical conductivity measurement devices Soil mixers Soil pasteurizers
Soil thermometers Sport utility vehicles SUVs Spray attachments
Steam sterilizers Stereo light microscopes Straight screwdrivers
Tablet computers Tanker trucks Temperature monitors
Tongue and groove pliers Transplanting equipment Trenchers
Trickle irrigators Tubing cutters Turbine water pumps
Ultraviolet light UV water disinfection systems Utility forklifts Utility knives
Water filters Water level monitors Water test kits
Weedeaters Woodworking chisels

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