Dr. Stephanie Karhoff has been selected as the new field specialist, agronomic systems. Her full-time appointment was effective June 1. “Stephanie will evaluate and respond to large-scale statewide needs versus individual requests, providing unbiased research-based alternatives and securing resources (grants, contracts, user fees) to focus on these issues. Stephanie’s experience as a county educator and researcher …will help her be successful in this role,” per Sam Custer, interim assistant director, Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Stephanie served as Extension educator for agriculture and natural resources in Williams County from April 2019 to May 2022. Prior to that, she was a student in the CFAES Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 2014 and doctorate in 2019 in the Translational Plant Sciences graduate program. Stephanie joins several other OSU Extension field specialists, who each have a particular subject matter focus and provide overall leadership for a comprehensive teaching and applied research program to address statewide issues. Field specialists work to expand existing partnerships, develop new relationships, and foster collaborations across the state, including with campus researchers, to complement local Extension educators’ efforts.