Advancing Digital Agriculture and Conservation:

A Virtual, Multi-Day Policy Workshop

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Steven Wolf

Associate Professor, Cornell University

Steven Wolf teaches and conducts research on environmental governance with a specific focus on efforts to secure public goods from private landscapes. His training and approach engage sociology and economics. While most projects address socioecological dynamics in industrialized societies of Europe and USA, he has current projects in India and China.

Research Focus

Environmental and natural resource sociology, conservation planning and management, institutional analysis, innovation systems and sustainable development

Teaching Focus

Wolf’s teaching focuses on concepts and practices that structure efforts to address the challenge of aligning private interests/behaviors with public purposes. Courses include survey (theory) courses, undergraduate research practicums and graduate seminars


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Jonathan Coppess

Director, Gardner Agriculture Policy Program
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois

Mr. Coppess’ experience in federal policymaking guides his research, extension, and teaching in agricultural policy and law. His work connects the history of federal agricultural policy development to current policy development, specifically applied to risk management and natural resource conservation.


Kathy Baylis

Professor, University of Illinois

Dr. Baylis helps stakeholders design agricultural, conservation, and trade policy to promote ecosystem preservation and international food security. She assesses the effectiveness of interventions and their consequences for global food security, the environment, and social welfare.


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Shari Rogge-Fidler

President & CEO, Farm Foundation

Shari Rogge-Fidler is a fifth-generation farm owner from Nebraska, who began her career in London in financial services and then with the Boston Consulting Group. She and her family launched and grew a branded gourmet organic food company, where she was vice president of sales and marketing. She was president of Cambium Strategies, LLC, a company focused on helping food and agriculture organizations navigate secondary growth. She was also Interim CEO at Applied GeoSolutions, LLC, focusing on commercializing its geospatial decision tools for agriculture and soil health purposes. Most recently, Rogge-Fidler was CEO of Family Farms, LLC, serving approximately 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. Rogge-Fidler received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Kansas, with an emphasis on international finance



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