Dr. Larry M. Zibilske holds degrees in microbiology and soil science from Texas A&M and a Ph.D. in soil microbiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a faculty member at the University of Maine, where he started the first research and teaching program in the state’s history in soil microbiology and biochemistry. He focused on the roles of soil microbes in agriculture and on ways to increase soil organic matter. In the 1980s, he and a colleague spearheaded the establishment of the first sustainable agriculture curriculum at a land grant university. Dr. Zibilske departed as a tenured professor to return to Texas to continue work on soil organic matter management and practice with the USDA-ARS research center in Weslaco as senior research scientist. When that facility closed in 2012, he joined Texas Plant & Soil Lab as vice president of research.
Recorded at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Friday, December 5, 2014.