Welcome Dr. Betsy Verhoeven

Hello, I’m Betsy Verhoeven and will be joining the instructor ranks in the Crop and Soil Science Department Spring 2022 quarter. While, new to campus and teaching, I am not new to OSU or the department. For the past three and half years I have served as a field crops agronomist for OSU Extension, covering the mid-Willamette Valley. Going further back, I worked for stints in the Barley and Wheat Breeding programs and roamed the halls of the Crops building as a kid, as my mom, Mary Verhoeven, worked in the Wheat Breeding program – the cement stairwells smell exactly the same – and I actually like the smell! I’m excited to be taking on a new role at OSU and am really looking forward to teaching in the department. This spring I will be teaching Precision Agriculture and going forward will teach a mix of soils and crops classes as needed, both on campus and Ecampus courses. I have a background in soil science and nitrogen cycling with a M.Sc. in Soils and Biogeochemistry from UC Davis and a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Technical Institute (ETH-Zurich). My research and work have always been on the applied side and agriculture focused and I look forward to bringing my research and professional background into my teaching. Diverse, bright and engaged students in agriculture are more important than ever and I hope to be a small part of educating this next generation.