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wayne knoblauch

Wayne Knoblauch

Professor, Dyson School Extension Leader

Areas of Expertise

Farm Business Management and Economic Analysis

Contact Information

240D Warren Hall • Phone: 607.255.1599

Professor Knoblauch's extension and research interests are in the analysis of farm business performance, evaluation of sustainable agricultural practices and whole farm plans, management of large farms, farm machinery economics, and computer use in farm management.

His teaching program comprises two main efforts: he teaches the introductory Farm Business Management course and he leads the Farm Management Study Trip, which gives outstanding farm management students the opportunity to observe firsthand the farm production and management systems employed in other regions of the country. Recent trips have focused on agriculture in the Columbia Basin, San Joaquin Valley, Rio Grande Valley, Louisiana Delta, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Arizona.

Professor Knoblauch serves as the Dyson School's extension leader. He is the faculty director of NY FarmNet and NY FarmLink, director of the New York Dairy Farm Business Analysis Program, Faculty Director of the School's Income Tax Programs, and chair of the School's annual Agribusiness Economic Outlook Conference.


Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1976
M.S., Michigan State University, 1972
B.S., Michigan State University, 1971


AEM 3020: Farm Business Management
AEM 4030: Farm Management Study Trip

Selected Publications

Knoblauch, W. 2009. Fireside Chat on Managing During a Dairy Crisis.

Knoblauch, W. 2009. Options to Consider When Facing Severe Financial Difficulty.

Knoblauch, W. 2007. Higher Milk Prices: What to Do with the Profits?

Knoblauch, W., J. Karszes, and B. Hilty. 2003. Dairy Expansion: Financial Planning for Success. Natural Resource, Agricultural, and Engineering Service.

Karszes, J., W. Knoblauch, and L. Putnam. 1999. New York large herd farms, 300 cows or larger, 1998. Research Bulletin 99-08, Department of Agricultural, Resource, and Managerial Economics, Cornell University.

Knoblauch, W., and L. Putnam. 1998. Dairy farm management business summary, New York State, 1997. Research Bulletin 98-06, Department of Agricultural, Resource, and Managerial Economics, Cornell University.

Hanchar, J., R. Milligan, and W. Knoblauch. 1997. Developing a farm plan to address water quality and farm business objectives: A framework for planning, 1997. Research Bulletin 96-13, Department of Agricultural, Resource, and Managerial Economics, Cornell University.

Tauer, L. W., and W. A. Knoblauch. 1997. The empirical impact of bovine somatotropin on New York dairy farms. Journal of Dairy Science 80:1092-197.

Erba, E. M., and W. A. Knoblauch. 1995. Two potential uses of excess capacity of the milking parlor. Journal of Dairy Science 78:710-18.

Schmit, T. M., and W. A. Knoblauch. 1995. The impact of nutrient loading restrictions on dairy farm profitability. Journal of Dairy Science 78:1267-81.


  • American Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Extension Program Team Award, 1984, 1987, 2000
  • American Society of Agricultural Engineers Blue Ribbon for Quality of Publication, 1989
  • Community and Rural Development Innovator Award, Farming Alternatives Program, 1993
  • Community and Rural Development Innovator Award, New York City Watershed Project, 1997