In order to feed the growing global population that is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, agricultural yields will need to increase by 70-100%. However, increasing this yield using current methods is not a viable option. Not only is it environmentally damaging, it is also not economically feasible. But what if there were a way to increase this yield and use fewer resources? Guess what—there is! With the help of microbes, crop productivity can increase without increasing other inputs. In order to discuss this potential, the American Academy of Microbiology brought together leading experts in plant-microbe interactions for an intensive two day meeting. The results of their discussions have been compiled in a new report, “How Microbes Can Help Feed the World.” The report explains why plants need microbes, the kinds of services can microbes provide, and the vital research and development investments needed to make this vision succeed. The report is available at: http://bit.ly/18XSYPr.