The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.

At a Glance

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is an independent, nonprofit institute headquartered in Ardmore, Okla. Founded in 1945, the Noble Foundation conducts direct operations, including assisting farmers and ranchers, and conducting plant science research and agricultural programs, to enhance agricultural productivity regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Noble Foundation,
  • Is the largest private foundation in Oklahoma and is in the top 44 in the United States (based on asset size).
  • Employs more than 350 individuals, including more than 90 Ph.D. scientists, agricultural consultants and research associates.
  • Hosts a large international population, including employees from more than 20 countries and six continents.
  • Houses 21 primary research laboratories focused on plant research.
  • Operates a 500,000-square-foot central campus having research, program, infrastructure and administrative space.
  • Operates more than 12,000 acres of farms in southern Oklahoma for research and demonstration projects.
  • Assists more than 1,700 farmers and ranchers in a 47-county service area (southern Oklahoma and north Texas) in achieving their individual financial, production, stewardship and quality-of-life goals.
  • Receives extramural, research support from the National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology; U.S. Department of Energy; National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (National Institutes of Health); the State of Oklahoma (Consortium for Legume Research and Oklahoma Bioenergy Center); and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

In the past year, the men and women of the Noble Foundation have,
  • Led 87 agricultural educational events that reached 3,025 adults and 1,086 youth;
  • Led three training sessions related to farm safety for children that were attended by 82 adult participants;
  • Held 12 adjunct faculty positions at seven institutions of higher education, including Oklahoma State University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Oklahoma and the University of North Texas;
  • Served on 13 editorial boards for scientific journals;
  • Published more than 115 peer-reviewed papers in international journals including Crop Science, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Physiology, Plant Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Plant Cell;
  • Produced breeder seed of NF27 grazing oat, NF95134A grazing wheat, NF96210 grazing triticale, Bates RS4 grazing rye, EG2101 switchgrass and two annual medics for future licensing as new cultivars; and
  • Received more than $4,200,000 in new extramural funding from both public and private sources.
Noble scientists
Noble scientists are dedicated to benefitting mankind through fundamental plant research.
Agricultural consultation
Agricultural consultation encourages land stewardship and assists agricultural producers.
Scientific discoveries
Scientific discoveries and their application contribute to food security, plant improvement and human health.
Noble outreach programs
Noble outreach programs enrich the community and educate the next generation.
Noble Foundation campus
The Noble Foundation campus is located on 800 acres in Ardmore, Okla.