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Farm Manager - Potato Production

 Mary Robinson

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Potato Farm Managers and Owners have an overall responsibility for the operation.

  • Farm Managers operate farm equipment and acquire skills/knowledge through a combination of on-the-job training, formal training, and experience. Education and training can include formal and informal learning experiences, extensive specific work experience, and a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree.

Typical Job Titles

  • Field Crop Manager
  • Senior Manager
  • Vegetable Farm Manager
  • Owner/Operator
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What are the major tasks associated to this job?

Potato Farm Managers will assign supervisors a variety of week to week and/or month to month objectives, provide the resources needed to accomplish objectives, help with questions or problems, and monitor progress.

Potato Farm Managers manage activities related to planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops.

  • Manage strategic planning
  • Manage human resources
  • Manage finances and administration 
  • Manage risk 
  • Manage customer relations
  • Manage health and safety 
  • Manage food safety and security 
  • Manage production 
  • Implement legislation and regulations 
  • Develop SOPs 
  • Manage food safety and biosecurity 
  • Implement environmentally sustainable work practices 
  • Manage the cutting and treatment of seed potatoes 
  • Manage the preparation of fields for planting 
  • Manage the planting of potatoes 
  • Manage irrigation 
  • Manage nutrient application 
  • Implement strategies for integrated pest management (IPM) 
  • Manage harvest 
  • Manage the grading and storage of harvested potatoes 
  • Manage the shipping of harvested potatoes 
  • Manage equipment, supplies and products 
  • Evaluate production data 
  • Apply knowledge specific to growing potatoes 

What competencies are required for this job?

These competencies were identified as most important for successful job performance.

  • Agricultural Health and Safety
  • Environmentally Sustainable Work Practices
  • Potato Production
  • Initiative 
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Resource Management
  • Fostering Relationships
  • Risk Management

What attracts people to this job?

Managers in agriculture plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operations and functions of farms. They are responsible for growing crops, raising and breeding livestock, poultry and other animals and marketing farm products

Are there opportunities for growth in this job?

To become a manager doesn’t mean having to own your own farm or business, there are many opportunities to manage on larger operations.

  • Managers can be recruited to work for companies that provide supplies and support services to agricultural operations (e.g. feed companies, equipment suppliers, etc.). 

What are the typical pay rates and benefits for this job?

Depending on the operation and the region of Canada, hired managers in agriculture generally earn from $19 to $36 per hour, or $39,500 to $74,800 per year.

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Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey; June 2017.