Wayne A. Knoblauch

Wayne A. Knoblauch

  • Professor
  • Faculty Director, FarmNet
  • Director, Dairy Farm Business Summary Program

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Interdisciplinary Theme

Faculty Expertise

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Consulting
  • Decision Making
  • Economics
  • Family Business
  • Farm and Agribusiness Management
  • Finance
  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Human Resource Management and Law
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategy


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management



Cornell Directory Entry


Wayne Knoblauch is a professor at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. In his three-way appointment, extension is the largest responsibility, at 55 percent effort allocation, followed by teaching at 35 percent and research at 10 percent. His extension program has three main components, including meeting the needs of farm families in crisis, helping beginning farmers transition into ownership and management roles, and helping improve the management capacity on the state's best managed and most profitable farm businesses.

Knoblauch is faculty director of NYFarmNet, which responds to financial and family requests for assistance. Services range from assistance in strengthening the profitability of the farm business and improving family relationships to the extreme of suicide intervention. The FarmNet program improves the process and effectiveness of farm transfers by providing entering and exiting farmers with essential networking, consulting, and educational support. The second component of Knoblauch's extension program is the Dairy Farm Business Summary Program, through which he provides faculty leadership for the survey and analysis of production and financial records from 400 New York dairy farms each year. Additionally, he prepares extension and research publications, works with agents and farmers on data collection, and conducts regional meetings on topics such as benchmarking and economic decision making.

Knoblauch also works on general dairy business management topics through collaboration with Pro-Dairy. His teaching focuses on creating the business managers of tomorrow's agribusinesses through both classroom and study trip experiences. He teaches two undergraduate courses with an emphasis on farm business management. His research focuses on understanding how technology adoption and alternative management strategies affect farm performance.

Recent Courses

  • AEM 3020 - Farm Business Management

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Michigan State University, 1976
  • MS Michigan State University, 1972
  • BS Michigan State University, 1971