Buyers and purchasing agents (farm products) purchase farm products either for further processing or resale. This includes tree farm contractors, grain brokers and market operators, grain buyers, and tobacco buyers. They may negotiate contracts.
Buyer agents and purchasing agents are shoppers who head to farms to buy livestock, oysters, cotton, fruit, grain and much more, moving farm products from the initial purchase to quality evaluation, storage, and sale.
Buyer and purchasing agents purchase farm products, such as milk, grains, or Christmas trees. Purchasing agent jobs include negotiating contracts with farmers for the purchase of farm products, arranging for transportation or storage of purchased products, arranging for processing or resale of purchased products, and maintaining records of business transactions and product inventories.
Buyer agents review orders to determine product types and quantities required to meet demand, test crops or products to estimate their value, determine their grade or locate evidence of disease or insect damage and coordinate activities of workers. They sell supplies, arrange for loans or finance and advise growers on land preparation or livestock care techniques.
To become a purchasing agent, a bachelor's degree with a considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed. The skills required include critical thinking, communication, judgement and decision making, negotiations, persuasion, problem-solving, coordination, monitoring, social perceptiveness, management of personnel resources, mathematics and accounting. An average buyer purchasing agent salary varies according to experience and skills.
A successful buyer agent can negotiate contracts, communicate with government agencies, coordinate logistics, maintain data, and supervise workers.
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