Joel Schumacher is an Associate Extension Specialist and serves as the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Science Program Leader for Montana State University Extension.. He holds a master’s degree in applied economics and a bachelor’s degree in business from Montana State University. Joel is also an Accredited Financial Counselor. His academic and outreach programs focus on consumer economics, agricultural finance and rural economics. Joel has authored or co-authored more than two dozen educational guides and presented more than 350 educational outreach programs. He has served as principle investigator or co-principle investigator on over $1,000,000 of externally funded projects. Recent projects have focused on Local Beef Markets, Profitability of Native American Agricultural Producers, Farm Transition Planning and Youth Mental Health programing.