Mark Jenner

Dr. Mark Jenner

Assistant Professor of Agribusiness and Economics

Year Started at GU: 2016
Phone: 618.664.6551
Email: mark.jenner@greenville.edu
Areas of Responsibility:

Agribusiness
Economics
Management
Undergraduate and Graduate Levels
Education:

PhD, Ag Economics, University of Missouri, 1996
MS, Ag Economics, University of Missouri, 1992
MS, Ag Systems Mechanization, University of Missouri, 1990
BS, Agronomy, University of Missouri, 1980

Accomplished Agribusiness Entrepreneur Leading the Program

Mark Jenner quips that he has been in training for 40 years just to inspire students in the Briner School’s agribusiness management program.  Jenner carved out a 20-year career as a manure visionary and loves to tell folks he got his job, well, because “he knew his ‘manure.’”

We live in a time when emissions and new markets are managed by making the most apparent choice, first.  The most obvious solution is rarely the best one. Effective, durable solutions to managing our societies organic residues require a deep working knowledge of both the market and legal systems.  Mark built his expertise by innovating with markets and policy of undervalued organic residues and biomass in food, feed, energy, and environmental markets. It was a great pathway to learn about markets and policies, and what it takes to make money on emerging agribusiness frontiers.  Jenner came to the Briner School from the University of Missouri where he reconnected with the joy of being an educator while he served as an ag business Extension faculty. 

One of the aspects that drew him to the Briner School was the chance to inspire “lambs that roar.”

“We can do this,” says Jenner. “We can deliver sharp, confident agribusiness management graduates who will outperform graduates from larger programs.”

In addition to manure and biomass energy policies, Jenner has played a key role in establishing private ownership rights for US fish farmers and helped contract poultry growers understand their performance contracts. He developed a power plant for the State of Indiana for rural communities that would run off of locally available municipal and agricultural residues. He has examined the value of energy crops at the University of California, Davis, verified analyses of US government data for USDA and EPA, and written as a columnist for BioCycle magazine.

Jenner has worked all over the country, as well as operating his own hog farm and biomass energy consulting company.  He earned more degrees than are generally recommended: a PhD in agricultural economics in production systems, two MS degrees in manure management, and a BS in agronomy.  And during his formative years, Mark spent two years in Nepal in the Peace Corps and six months working on a farm in Germany.

About Mark Jenner

 Jenner comes to the Briner School of Business from an entrepreneurial career on the economic frontier of production agriculture.  Dr. Jenner built his expertise in innovation in manure management.  As his career evolved, his focus broadened to assessing both the potential added-value and oversight costs of under-utilized organic residues and biomass in food, feed, energy, and environmental markets.  Jenner came to the Briner School from the University of Missouri where he served as an ag business Extension faculty.  

Mark Jenner spent nearly 10 years prior to that consulting in ‘systems’ economics privately and through the University of California, California Biomass Collaborative in Davis, California. During that time, Mark Jenner wrote a monthly biomass energy outlook column for BioCycle from 2007 to 2012.  Mark also spent 9 years working as a farm policy economist in the national office of the Farm Bureau.

Mark Jenner has a PhD in agricultural economics in production systems, two MS degrees in manure management, and a BS in agronomy.  During his formative years, Mark spent 2 years in Nepal in the Peace Corps and six months working on a farm in Germany.

Courses

AGRI 199
ECON 201
BUSN 380
ECON 522

Publications and Presentations

Your Farm, Your Business, your Future: New Missouri Extension Curriculum for Transferring Assets Across Generations. National Association of County Agriculture Agents, Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AR, July 26, 2016.

Professional Affiliations

National Association of County Agricultural Agents

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