(Podcast) Episode 003: Spotlight on Joel Schumacher

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Today Anton Bekkerman interviews and helps listeners get to know Joel Schumacher, an extension economics associate specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University and a regular contributor to the AgEconMT.com outreach website.

Joel discusses his general research and extension interests, including personal finance and alternative energy. He also describes two of his current research projects: the Montana Poverty Report Card project and the Montana Beef-to-School program. Joel’s on-going and future work will focus on personal finance through the Solid Finances work, in which Joel develops and delivers regular webinars. He is excited to contribute to another avenue in which Montana State University researchers and extension specialists can deliver information to those for whom this information is most important.

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(Intro and outro music by Trevor Sensor)

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Dr. Anton Bekkerman is a former associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. He currently serves as the director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. Bekkerman's primary areas of research are grain marketing, basis and price forecast modeling, understanding how grain prices are affected by changes in supply chain infrastructures and quality demands, and analyzing the economic trade-offs of adopting alternative dryland cropping systems in Montana. Although Bekkerman grew up on the east coast, he had made a small step toward production agricultural after ranching a flock of six backyard chickens.

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