Director, Knowledge Exchange
Rob Fox is director of CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange division. He leads market and industry research in the agricultural and infrastructure sectors affecting the rural economy.
Prior to joining CoBank, Mr. Fox spent 13 years in food and agribusiness commercial banking. He has over 25 years of experience in a wide array of agriculture-related roles, in both private industry and the public sector. He started his career as an agricultural economist with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and later became a farm business management specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension Service. Mr. Fox and his wife, Jennifer, also owned and operated a 125-cow dairy farm in western Wisconsin.
Mr. Fox earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis.
Fears of higher rates and weakening economic conditions
linger over the year’s second half.
For the first time in perhaps decades, food inflation is garnering headlines and sending government policymakers scrambling for quick solutions.
Against all hope for a better start to 2022, omicron has crashed the New Year’s party. Renewed supply chain disruptions are being felt throughout the economy, causing empty shelves again and threatening to fan the flames of inflation.
As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus is still in control of the economy.
Businesses of all sizes and across most industries are wrestling with perhaps the worst supply chain bottlenecks to date
The long-awaited period of pent-up, exuberant demand is here. And for all the benefits to businesses and consumers, bumps are unavoidable – labor shortages, price inflation, supply chain disruptions, and uncertainty about what a new steady-state economy will look like. They loom large, even as we celebrate a return to normalcy.