Willamette Valley native Betsy Verhoeven has joined the faculty in Marion and Clackamas Counties as Assistant Professor of Practice for Field Crops. Her primary work will entail assessing needs, developing educational programs and implementing local research for grass seed, oil seed, mint, clover and hop production. She plans to work closely with OSU faculty and growers and develop longer-term preventative strategies for weed and pest management that will save time and inputs while preserving soil, water and Oregon seed quality.
Verhoeven brings a strong background in soil science with a master’s in soils and biogeochemistry from the University of California-Davis and a PhD in agricultural science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich). Her research investigated nitrogen cycling and gaseous nitrogen losses under different crop management strategies such as biochar, irrigation timing and type and cover crop amendment in vineyards, orchards and rice systems. She also worked extensively on novel methods to track nitrogen cycling in the soil using stable isotopes.
While coming from afar at the moment, Verhoeven says she grew up in Linn County and has accepted this Extension position because, “I was looking for a job where I could work with people, apply research to production practices, and be closer to family.”
You can reach Betsy at 503-588-5301 or cell phone 503-779-8217.