Microbes play a critical role in the functioning of soils, which are a key natural resource in adapting to and mitigating climate change. As noted in the National Academies report Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030, further understanding of animal, soil and plant microbiomes will provide opportunities to improve crop production, enhance feed efficiency and increase resilience to stress and disease. As Congress considers climate change measures, soil health will be a key consideration. This briefing explores the role of research in increasing soil carbon sequestration through crop and soil management.

Learn More About the Following in This Presentation:

  • The effects of climate change on soil health, the potential consequences and how improved soil health may mitigate negative impacts resulting from climate change.
  • The role of microbial communities in environmentally sustainable agricultural systems and soil health.
  • The role of federally funded research, as well as public-private partnerships, and the need to think creatively regarding potential new funding and research mechanisms in creating innovative solutions.


  • Dr. Charles Rice, Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University, and Chair, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
  • Dr. Lakisha Odom, Scientific Program Director, Soil Health, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.
  • Justin Knopf, fifth generation farmer.

Microbes in Agriculture


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