Lonnie Hobbs, Jr.


Ph.D. Student in Agricultural Economics


Kansas State University

Roundtable discussion:

Open science: The state and future of pet food industry research

Presentation description:

Assessing research needs for informing pet food industry decisions — Lonnie Hobbs, Ph.D. student, Kansas State University, identifies and highlights the most important, relevant and current research needs for informing product and marketing decisions in the pet food industry. Managers, industry stakeholders and decision-makers will gain insights on what their counterparts perceive as important research needs, providing awareness of future industry problems/challenges affecting the pet food industry.


Hobbs, Jr., is a third-year Ph.D. student in the agricultural economics program at Kansas State University. He conducts research specializing in agribusiness management, agricultural product marketing, pet food, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion. Hobbs is a current R3 Natural Resource Trainee through the National Science Foundation (NSF) conducting interdisciplinary work related to wastewater treatment and nutrient retrieval using Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors. In addition to researching, Hobbs also serves as a co-advisor for Kansas State’s Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) local chapter, co-coordinator for the Kansas State Research and Extension (KSRE) Summer Research Program, and a volunteer graduate assistant in the Diversity Programs Office. Lonnie received a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Kansas State University.