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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Grain Marketing Specialist, 1146

Department of Agriculture

Individual Occupational Requirements


Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- marketing, economics, business administration, agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural business, accounting, statistics, mathematics, commerce, transportation, food processing, horticulture, botany, agronomy, or other related fields.



General Experience (for GS-5 positions: Experience that provided one of the following:

  • A general knowledge of the distribution, methods, or practices of marketing agricultural commodities; or
  • The ability to understand and apply mathematical or statistical methods, techniques, or procedures, including preparation of reports, tables, manuals, etc.; and to analyze economic data, prepare interpretive reports, or provide advice and consultation on economic methods; or
  • The ability to apply the basic principles of agricultural or biological sciences, chemistry or physics, food or textile technology; or other appropriate engineering or physical sciences or technological subjects.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Experience must have demonstrated:

  • Specialized and intensive knowledge of one or more aspects of grain marketing; one or more grain/grain products; or one or more statutory provisions relating to the marketing of grain products; and
  • Practical knowledge of the broad range of grain and/or grain products marketing functions and activities, such as assembling, processing, distribution, regulation, inspection, standardizing, storage, transportation, financing, risk bearing, merchandising, etc.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Merchandising or marketing grain or grain products.
  • Developing, surveying, and promoting markets for U.S. grain or grain products in foreign areas.
  • Insuring compliance with laws and regulations relating to grain and/or grain products.
  • Improving marketing facilities, equipment, packaging, handling, work methods, and/or transportation for grain and/or grain products.
  • Developing, administering, or supervising food distribution programs designed to increase the efficiency of production and marketing.
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