IFS@CU Executive Director
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Dr. Elizabeth A. Bihn is a Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University. Since 1999 Betsy has worked with fruit and vegetable growers, packers, and farm workers to reduce microbial risks during production and packing. She began her career at Cornell University as the National Good Agricultural Practices Program Coordinator and went on to become the Director of the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) and the Executive Director of the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University (IFS@CU). In addition to refereed journal publications, she has authored several award-winning extension publications developed to help the produce industry understand food safety risks on the farm and actively work to reduce them. Her research has focused on surface water quality used in the production of fruits and vegetables. Betsy also facilitates focus groups to gather stakeholder input and evaluate the effectiveness of educational materials.
Betsy received her B.S. in Zoology from Ohio State University, M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Florida, and Ph.D. in Food Science from Cornell University. As Executive Director, Betsy’s leadership, vision, and understanding of food safety risks on the farm guides IFS@CU as it builds a foundation for financial sustainability and helps the food industry comply with federal regulations and produce safe products.