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Bob Yonkers, Ph.D., most recently oversaw IDFA’s research and analysis of the economic impact of marketing conditions, government regulations and alternative policies on the U.S. and international dairy industries. Before joining IDFA in 1998, Yonkers was a tenured faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, where he conducted research and developed educational programs on the profitability and economic sustainability of the state’s milk-producing, marketing and processing sectors.

Yonkers also served on the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Statistics to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service and was an active member of the International Dairy Federation's Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics.