John M. Urbanchuk

John M. Urbanchuk, chair of the Delaware Valley University Department of Agribusiness
Adjunct Professor

John M. Urbanchuk is an economist with extensive academic and private sector experience in agricultural economics and policy analysis. Prior to his retirement, Urbanchuk served as the Chair of Agribusiness and faculty advisor for the DelVal Collegiate Farm Bureau and the DelVal Chapter of the National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMA). Professor Urbanchuk continues to teach Agricultural Technology Management and Globalization of Agricultural Markets in the undergraduate and graduate Agribusiness Programs. He is also a managing partner and principal of Agriculture and Biofuels Consulting LLP (ABF Economics).

Urbanchuk has extensive experience in the economics of biofuels, agriculture, the food industry, and economic impact and cost benefit analysis. He is involved in examining the economic feasibility and economic impact of second-generation biofuel feedstocks including sweet sorghum, cellulosic and other potential feedstocks for ethanol and waste fats, greases and oils for biodiesel production. Urbanchuk also provides expert economic testimony for litigation. He has testified as an expert in patent infringement litigation for GMO products and seed technology in corn, soybeans, and cotton and as an expert in a mediation proceeding on sugar beets. He was a testifying expert regarding the ethanol industry on behalf of ExxonMobil and other oil company defendants for the MTBE product liability MDL litigation, and for ExxonMobil Corporation on the Fruitridge Vista Water and Pascoag (RI) Utility District MTBE litigation.

Before joining DelVal, Urbanchuk was an adjunct professor in the Food Marketing Department at St. Joseph's University where he taught international marketing, industrial policy and emerging markets. He has lectured at Penn State, Purdue, Iowa State, University of Delaware, University of Missouri, Budapest University and the U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center. He is a past president of the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture, the nation’s oldest professional agriculture society and a member of the Agriculture & Applied Economics Association, American Society of Agronomy, and the Conference of Business Economists.


  • Agribusiness


  • M.A., Economics, Temple University
  • B.S., Economics, Penn State University