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Grain Merchants

Employment Prospects


Approximately 12,160 purchasing agents and buyers of farm products are employed in the United States. Grain merchants may work in local grain elevators in agricultural communities or with the corporate headquarters of major grain companies. They also find work in commodities exchanges. Companies that supply products and equipment to grain processing companies hire people with elevator management and agribusiness experience. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other government agencies also hire grain merchants; the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration sponsors many projects that require grain professionals.

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