Rob Laurie is the Grower Support Manager at Yakima Chief Ranches. Rob has a deep understanding of plant physiology and is driven to help farmers understand how they can maximize crop quality and efficiency in a sustainable manner. Originally from a beef cattle farm in New South Wales, Australia, Rob undertook an international exchange at Purdue University in 2019 followed by an internship position at YCR. Currently Rob is undertaking a Master of Science in Crop Science at Oregon State University under world renowned hop scientist, Dr. Dave Gent.
When Rob is not at work he is either in the mountains skiing, fishing, or visiting local breweries in the valley. He also finds time to manage his families’ experimental hop yard in Australia!