Dr. Veum is a research soil scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Columbia, Missouri. Her research is cross-disciplinary and includes soil health assessment for environmental and agronomic sustainability and protection. She focuses on cropping systems and the role of land use and management practices on soil health and evaluates soil health indictors for use in farmer assessments. Currently she is leading the development of a new soil health scoring system that provides a framework for interpreting soil health measurements. Dr. Veum is a board representative to the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), co-founded the ASA Soil Health Community in 2014, partnered with colleagues to form the Missouri Soil Health Consortium, and serves as a scientific advisor for multiple national soil health initiatives.