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Grain Buyer


A grain buyer builds relationships with producers on behalf of the company they represent or are employed by allowing them to purchase the producers grain at a fair price. 



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Build relationships directly with farmer customers
  • Write contracts and negotiate purchase agreements
  • Source protein meals, screenings, mill feeds & other ingredients as needed from local producers
  • Coordinate grain deliveries
  • Issue purchase orders for farmer suppliers, invoice purchases from farmers and insure timely payment for farmer suppliers
  • Be aware and knowledgeable of grain trading policies and current market trends via the Chicago Board of Trade
  • Perform USDA grain grading procedures
  • Participate in monthly commodity purchasing and inventory-related meetings


What education and training is required?

An associate’s degree or higher in agricultural business, agricultural marketing or related agricultural program.


To pursue a career as a Grain Buyer:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, mathematics, business and computer courses.  


Where can I work?

Grain buyers are typically employed by grain elevators, food production companies, animal nutrition companies, and bioenergy companies.


Future Job Market / Outlook

The future outlook for grain buyers will be good over the next five years.  


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Soybean Association
  • Food Ingredient Distribution Association 
  • Food Processing Suppliers Association   
  • National Grain and Feed Association 
  • National Association of Wheat Growers 
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