Sam leads the Science organization at The Climate Corporation, where he drives the company's research and development efforts in data science, measurement and field research. Sam's connection to agriculture started young, growing up on a grain and livestock farm in west-central Illinois. He brings more than two decades of experience in plant breeding and global agricultural development – contributing nearly 60 publications and patents relating to advances in agricultural technology. Prior to joining The Climate Corporation, Sam led Monsanto's Global Plant Breeding team, overseeing one of the largest, most integrated plant genetics programs in the world. He holds a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in genetics and plant breeding from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.