Sam Wortman received his B.A. degree in biology and environmental studies from the University of Saint Thomas, which prompted his interest in agricultural policy and sustainability leading to a M.S. degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He is currently in a Ph.D. program in agronomy at UNL with Dr. John Lindquist. His research interests include cropping systems design and ecologically based pest management, with the goal of reducing synthetic off-farm inputs in agriculture.