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Grain merchants buy grain from farms and sell it to consumers. Between the buying and the selling, they are concerned with the quality, market value, shipping, processing, and storing of the grain. In effect, they are liaisons between the farmer and the eventual user or consumer of the grain. The regulation activities of the grain merchant create an efficient market for grain around the world. Grain merchants work as either grain buyers or grain managers. The U.S. Department of Labor classifies grain merchants under the general career, "purchasing agents and buyers, farm products." There are approximately 14,100 purchasing agents and buyers, farm products employed in the United States.