Stan Ernst

Stan Ernst

  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Agribusiness Management
210-B Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • consumer markets/behavior
  • farm & small firm management
  • technology adoption
  • marketing strategies & techniques


  • Doctoral Program, Ohio State U, Consumer Science-Retail
  • M.S. Ohio State U, Agricultural Economics
  • B.S. U. Maryland, Journalism/Agricultural Economics
  • A.A. Hagerstown Jr College, Mass Communications

Stan Ernst arrived at Penn State in 2016 from an extensive career with several land-grant universities and their food and farm constituencies. He has taught industry, undergraduate and graduate student classes and short courses related to consumer markets, farm & small firm management, technology adoption, and marketing techniques. At PSU I teach full time in the department's Agribusiness Management program. My mission, if you want to call it that, is to get you to think critically about topics relevant to all consumers, food and farm industries, and rural communities.

Academically, I have degrees in Agricultural Economics, Journalism and Mass Communication as well as extensive coursework in Consumer Science. I've published in a wide range of journals and industry publications and been funded by a number of national and local grant programs.

Professionally, I spent nearly 30 years with Ohio State U and shorter periods at North Dakota State and Maryland. Much of that time was spent doing Extension work, with teaching assignments in Ag Economics and a diverse multidisciplinary research program.

Personally, I grew up on a diverse livestock and grain farm in Western Maryland (still going) and have spent all my career around farm and food businesses, their customers, and colleges of agriculture. Both my parents spent time teaching in ag colleges in addition to farming, and I'm married to an animal genetics professor at another Big 10 school.