Seed Production Technician

Seed Production Technician

Seed production technicians manage the planning, strategy and production of seed for a company. They assist growers with planting, scouting seed fields and the operation of seed-related equipment. A career in seed production will also include work inside a warehouse facility sorting, bagging and participating in other operational duties.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Be accountable for each of the company's seed production areas
  • Manage production staff in each location, providing direction to each farm manager
  • Negotiate and coordinate contracts for other organizations that are organizing contract growers
  • Negotiate and coordinate contracts for contract processors to process, bag and delivery seed
  • Identify new production areas
  • Ensure production supply year-round
  • Produce high-quality seed in budgeted quantities for domestic, and possibly international markets
  • Oversee the parent seed function ensuring budgeted levels of parent seed are maintained
  • Develop and execute divisional budgets and plans
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, mathematics, business, and a focus on science such as biology, chemistry, botany and earth science.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in agronomy, plant science, biology or related field is required. Certifications such as a Pesticide Applicator’s License or Certified Crop Advisor are typically preferred.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Typically employed by seed production companies, biotechnology companies, government or universities, cooperatives and research firms.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Committee for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • National Farmers Organization 
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$64,356
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