March 15, 2017

Decker receives Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award


Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri, is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award. Dr. Decker received the award during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the ASAS Midwestern Section and ADSA Midwest Branch, held March 13-15, in Omaha, NE.

Dr. Decker is an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist. Decker received his B.S. from New Mexico State University, where he majored in Animal Science and graduated with Highest Honors. Jared earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Genetics, with a minor in Statistics. Jared assists stakeholders in the beef industry in understanding rapidly changing genetic technologies.

Decker PhotoDr. Decker is a trailblazer in the use of social media in extension programming and his blog “A Steak in Genomics” receives approximately 1000 pageviews each month. He is an active member of, an eXtension Community of Practice. Dr. Decker helps beef producers trust and utilize genomic predictions, and has implemented a genomic testing designation in the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. In addition to presentations across Missouri, Jared is an invited speaker in numerous other states and for many of the national breed associations.

The Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award is sponsored by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed LLC.

Congratulations, Dr. Decker!


Media contact:

Kim Schoonmaker

ASAS Scientific Communications Associate

Photo: Dr. Jared Decker received the Midwest Section’s Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award. Huyen Tran, Purina Animal Nutrition, presented the award to Dr. Decker.