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FCP Recorded Webinar

Microbials in Sustainable Agriculture: How can something so SMALL have such a BIG impact?

Microbial products, how they work and how incorporating them into agricultural practices can contribute to a more sustainable future. Discuss the cutting-edge research behind beneficial interactions between microbes and plants.

Member Price $24.00

Nonmember Price $54.00

DPG/MIG Price $0.00


This product is free for FCP members.

This webinar was presented live on May 12, 2020.

Microbial-based products for agriculture and sustainability go hand-in-hand. We are familiar with microbes as it relates to everyday items around us like wine, yogurt, and cheese, but how is it that these tiny creatures can also be used for treating plant diseases and pests? In this talk, we will dive into the details of microbial products, how they work and how incorporating them into agricultural practices can contribute to a more sustainable future. Additionally, we will discuss the cutting- edge research behind beneficial interactions between microbes and plants. This relationship enables crop quality to be enhanced and gives insights into the promising benefits to human health that could be possible. Ag technology is booming and innovations, including biological products, are part of this wave of change for smarter ways to grow and supply food and fiber.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 8018, 2030, 2040, 2080
Performance Indicators: 4.2.6, 7.2.1, 8.3.6

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify ways in which biological products are used in agriculture.
  2. Define the role biological products play in sustainability.
  3. Catalog produce items impacted by disease that microbial solution could produce long-term benefits for sustainability and quality.


Sarah Hovinga, MS Principal Scientist, Bayer Crop Science Biologics, Disease Control

Sarah Hovinga is a principal scientist with Bayer Crop Science Biologics, Disease Control. She is a microbiologist and passionate about sustainability and the safe and effective use of agricultural products. Located in West Sacramento, California, she leads a laboratory group focused on supporting research for current products and products to-be that are based on beneficial microbes. Agricultural microbials are part of a new wave of innovations that are shaking up how we think about traditional systems and approaches.  In Sarah’s opinion, these TINY organisms have the potential to make a BIG impact when it comes to sustainable agriculture She enjoys science communication and has written several pieces about her passion for agriculture, including what and how microbials can be used in agriculture and how to manage a trip to the grocery store, from an agriculture perspective. She studied biology and biochemistry at the University of California, Davis, and California State University, Sacramento, respectively. With over fifteen years of diverse experience in research and development for biologicals, she brings a holistic and global perspective to the topic of current and future agricultural practices. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors, traveling, and with her husband and new baby girl.

Release Date: May 12, 2020


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