Betsy Verhoeven is a Willamette Valley native and is an Assistant Professor of Practice for Field Crops in Marion and Clackamas Counties. 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 works closely with OSU faculty and growers and develop longer-term preventative strategies for weed and pest management that 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.