A couple of weeks back, I was invited to attend Alltech's 30th Annual International Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky. This is the second year I have attended and I can honestly say that I came home with so many ideas and thoughts that it is hard to get through them all. Have you ever thought of what goes on beneath your feet? The following will make you think twice about calling that black stuff dirt. Sitting at the Symposium, I felt as if some farmers are looking at the big picture and not the whole picture. While, yes it is easy and enjoyable to drive by and show your neighbors your 7 feet tall corn plants, it is what we can’t see beneath the soil’s surface that is what we should be most proud of and should be looking to see how we can make it a better environment.
Alltech’s Becky Timmons, global director of applications research and quality assurance, said in the closing session that without microbes there would be no plants or animals. The microbes found in the soil help to make plants hundreds of times more efficient. The diversity of microorganisms in the soil beneath our feet is hard to comprehend. Even harder to fathom is the fact that only 1 to 2 percent of all microbes in the soil have been identified.
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Nicole Small is a mom to two boys, ages 7 and 10, and lives on a farm in Kansas where she and her husband make their everyday living on a farm. She started the blog, Tales of a Kansas Farm Mom, where she shares her journey through life with others, raising cattle, crops and kids. She also loves answering your questions about how food is raised. Follow her here.