Is Machine Learning the Solution to the Global Food Crisis?

Sam Eathington, The Climate Corporation

Sam Eathington discusses a software that is revolutionizing agriculture by optimizing seed selection, reducing fertilizer use, and detecting early signs of disease.

Sam Eathington, Chief Science Officer, The Climate Corporation

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: he grew up on a grain and livestock farm in west-central Illinois. He has more than two decades of experience in plant breeding and global agricultural development, with nearly 60 publications and patents relating to advances in agricultural technology. Before 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 BS, MS, and PhD in genetics and plant breeding from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

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