Ed Ferringer was born October 22, 1926, in Sunman, Indiana. He received a bachelor's degree in agriculture in 1950 and a master's degree in education in 1962, both from Purdue University. He began his career at Purdue as a visual aids specialist in 1950.
In 1953, he became a radio-TV specialist and in 1967 was named acting head of the agricultural information department and audio visual production department.
A year later, he became head of the department and an associate professor. He was head of the department when he retired in 1981.
In addition to ACE, Ferringer was a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, the Agricultural Relations Council and Epsilon Sigma Phi. He is a charter member of the Indiana Lions Club.
After retiring, he moved to Florida, where he is active in the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is also a volunteer driver transporting veterans to Veterans Administration clinics and hospitals. In 1994, he was named citizen of the year for community service.