Wayne Knoblauch

Wayne Knoblauch

Professor

350C Warren Hall

607-255-1599

Vita

Areas of Expertise

  • Accounting
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Organization
  • Economic Decision Making
  • Farm Business Management
  • Strategic Planning & Economic Analysis

Graduate Fields

  • Applied Economics and Management

Education

  • Doctorate Michigan State University, 1976
  • Master of Science Michigan State University, 1972
  • Bachelor of Science Michigan State University, 1971

I have a three-way appointment with extension being my largest responsibility at 55 percent effort allocation, followed by teaching at 35 percent and research at 10 percent. My extension program has three main components which range from meeting the needs of farm families in crisis, to helping beginning farmers transition into ownership and management roles, to helping improve the management capacity on the state`s best managed and most profitable farm businesses. I am the Faculty Director of NYFarmNet and NYFarmLink. FarmNet responds to financial and family requests for assistance through an 800-telephone number. Services range from assistance in strengthening the profitability of the farm business and improving family relationships to the extreme of suicide intervention. The FarmLink 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 my extension program is the Dairy Farm Business Summary Program. I provide faculty leadership for the survey and analysis of production and financial records from 400 New York dairy farms each year. I prepare extension and research publications, work with agents and farmers on data collection and conduct regional meetings on topics such as benchmarking and economic decision making. My third area is working on general dairy business management topics through collaboration with Pro-Dairy. My teaching focuses on creating the business managers of tomorrow`s agribusinesses through both classroom and study trip experiences. I teach two undergraduate courses with an emphasis on farm business management. My research focuses on understanding how technology adoption and alternative management strategies impact farm performance.

Outreach and Extension Focus

I have a three-way appointment with extension being my largest responsibility at 50 percent effort allocation, followed by teaching at 35 percent and research at 15 percent. My extension program has three main components which range from meeting the needs of farm families in crisis, to helping beginning farmers transition into ownership and management roles, to helping improve the management capacity on the states best managed and most profitable farm businesses.

I am the Faculty Director of NYFarmNet and NYFarmLink. FarmNet responds to financial and family requests for assistance through an 800-telephone number. Services range from assistance in strengthening the profitability of the farm business and improving family relationships to the extreme of suicide intervention. The FarmLink 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 my extension program is the Dairy Farm Business Summary Program. I provide faculty leadership for the survey and analysis of production and financial records from 400 New York dairy farms each year. I prepare extension and research publications, work with agents and farmers on data collection and conduct regional meetings on topics such as benchmarking and economic decision making. My third area is working on general dairy business management topics through collaboration with Pro-Dairy.

Teaching Focus

My teaching focuses on creating the business managers of tomorrow's agribusinesses through both classroom and study trip experiences. I teach two undergraduate courses with an emphasis on farm business management. My research focuses on understanding how technology adoption and alternative management strategies impact farm performance.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Extension Program Team Award, "Managing Risk & Profits in Dairy" (2000) American Agricultural Economics Association
  • Innovator Award, New York City Watershed Project (1997) Community and Rural Development Institute
  • Innovator Award, Farming Alternatives Program (1993) Community and Rural Development Institute
  • Blue Ribbon For Quality of Publication, "Farming Alternatives Guidebook" (1989) American Society of Agricultural Engineers
  • Outstanding Extension Program Team Award, "The Dairy Buyout Program" (1987) American Agricultural Economics Association

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Extension Bulletins

  • Karszes, J., Knoblauch, W. A., & Dymond, C. (2014). Dairy Farm Business Summary, New York Large Herd Farms, 300 Cows or Larger, 2013. EB 2014-05 Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Research Bulletins

  • Knoblauch, W. A., Dymond, C., Karszes, J., & Kimmich, R. (2014). Dairy Farm Management Business Summary, New York State, 2013. RB 2014-02 Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA.

Research Reports

  • Knoblauch, W. A., Karszes, J., & Hilty, B. (2003). Dairy Expansion: Financial Planning for Success. NRAES-166 Natural Resource, Agricultural, and Engineering Service.

Teaching