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I work and reside in Columbia, Missouri. I teach courses to Agricultural Systems Management majors for the Department of Biological Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. My hobbies include hunting and fishing (mostly fishing) and other related outdoors activities.

My research at the University of Missouri has focused on energy conservation and the use of alternative fuels for diesel engines. I have demonstrated to Missouri farmers that standard maintenance procedures to the engine and proper ballasting of farm tractors can increase their efficiency, saving them both time and money (and energy). Since 1992 I have researched the use of a biodegradable, non-toxic, cleaner burning fuel for diesel engines- biodiesel. Biodiesel is made from mono alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids. The fuel is derived from renewable lipid sources. Operationally, it performs similar to low-sulfur diesel (LSD) in terms of power, torque, and fuel economy. Biodiesel has good lubricity when compared to LSD. I anticipate that economically, the production and use of biodiesel will enhance both rural and urban economies.

The hypertext links that follow focus on my teaching and research efforts. Please feel free to browse or download any or all of the documents that I have linked to this page.

Hypertext Links

  • Agricultural Systems Management Travel Abroad
  • Agricultural Systems Management/Agricultural Mechanization
  • Biobased Hub
  • Present and future inservice for Missouri Agriculture Teachers
  • State of Missouri FFA Agricultural Mechanics Contest Update
  • National FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event Update
  • Safety Related Research
  • Energy Conservation Research
  • Biodiesel/Biofuels Research
  • Agricultural Mechanization Curriculum/Inservice Needs Research
  • Courses Taught by Leon Schumacher
  • Abbreviated Vita for Leon Schumacher
  • Link to the Food Science and Engineering Homepage
  • If you have any questions or comments, please call me at 573-882-2126 (office). You can FAX me at 573-884-5650 (office) or 573-443-7857 (home) or you can schumacherl@missouri.edu