Staff Bios

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James Robb

Director, Senior Agricultural Economist

Jim Robb is the Senior Agricultural Economist at the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) and for 19 years has served as the Director.  He has written over 1,000 research reports, articles, and newsletters on a variety of marketing and economic topics related to the livestock industries.  Jim is a regular speaker at conferences throughout North America and has given expert testimony to the US Senate Agriculture Committee.  

Prior to joining the LMIC, Jim was an Agricultural Economist at the University of Nebraska.  He also has worked in the agricultural banking sector.  Jim received degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of California-Davis and from Michigan State University.  

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Laura Lahr

Database Manager

Laura Lahr has been at the Livestock Marketing Information Center for 16 years.  Laura maintains many of the data files.  She also works with graphs and tables.

Laura has a BS in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Animal Science from South Dakota State University.


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Gary Lohr

Data Systems Analyst

Gary Lohr is a data systems analyst at the Livestock Marketing Information Center. He has managed his own consultancy during the last 20 years, specializing in forecasting economic conditions for the food and agriculture industries. Prior to that, he was Director of Long-term Forecasting and International Studies at a leading economic consulting firm. He has designed and managed forecasting systems focused on the poultry industry as well as worked for a large commodity trading organization.

Gary has a BS in Agricultural Economics from Colorado State University with several years of graduate work in Economics, as well as Management Science and Information Systems.

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Susan Jones

Database Manager

Susan Jones has been with the Livestock Marketing Information Center for 34 years full time and retired. Susan has been working part time for the last 9 years. She maintains data files and tables.