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Grain Buyer

Position Overview

Grain buyers develop strong relationships with others in the agriculture industry and focus on either selling or buying grain at a fair price. If they work on the production side of things, they may assist in the management of a grain elevator. They look at samples and determine the quality of seed; they may send these samples off for further testing to determine their protein and moisture content. Grain buyers may also buy grain from producers, depending on the type of employer. In this case, they evaluate grain's market value and bargain with sellers for an appropriate price. They would be in charge of transportation and shipping in the most cost effective way possible. Additionally, grain buyers review grain settlements to see that payments were accurate, according to the protein and moisture levels. Grain buyers should be organised, and keep detailed records of past purchasing and selling so that grain grades and prices (received or paid) can be compared to for the following year.

Grain Buyer Duties

  • Record all grain information, including grade and price
  • Lead workers to unload, load, store, and mix grain
  • Build relationships with grain producers and farmers
  • Handle all payments, whether it be invoicing, issuing purchase orders, etc.
  • Have a working knowledge of grain trading and market trends
  • Understand grading procedures
  • Coordinate shipments and deliveries
  • Take grain samples
  • Resolve any supplier issues
  • Implement grain contracts

Typical Employers

  • Food ingredient distribution companies
  • Food processing companies
  • National grain and feed association
  • Grain dealers
  • Food production companies
  • Animal nutrition companies
  • Grain elevators

Required Education and Training

Grain buyers should have an associate's degree in a field related to agriculture. They should have a general interest and understanding in agriculture practices, especially related to crop production and grain quality.

Key Skills and Qualities

  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others and build strong relationships
  • Good with numbers and data analysis
  • Excellent problem solver
  • Ability to work within a budget
  • Keen interest in grain market trends