Jared Decker is an associate professor in the University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences and beef genetics extension specialist. Decker received his B.S. from New Mexico State University, graduating with top honors. He majored in Animal Science with a minor in Biology. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Genetics, with a Ph.D. minor in Statistics. Jared grew up on a small farm in northwest New Mexico where his family raised registered cattle. He now owns a farm in Mid-Missouri to teach his kids the value of hard work and pass on the legacy of agriculture. Jared is working to help stakeholders in the beef industry better understand the rapidly changing genetic technologies. His research focuses on understanding the history of cattle and improving the cost and accuracy of genomic tests. He is active on social media and his website A Steak in Genomics.