Regenerative land management practices allow farmers and ranchers in grazing animal production to be profitable and good stewards of the land.
We understand the challenges of incorporating new, unfamiliar practices on your grazing operation.
Noble shares its experiences and serves as a bridge to connect you with other farmers and ranchers in the industry who have successfully adopted regenerative management practices. We also provide leadership and training for other agricultural organizations so that together we can better serve farmers and ranchers.
The questions you face serve as the starting point for our research. Your questions originate in your pastures and ranges. Our 14,000 acres serve as a laboratory to help explore your challenges.
Through our own research ranches and farms, we look for answers to practical challenges, demonstrate results and understand the practicality of their implementation.
You, better than anyone, know your property, its animals and how it operates. For those looking to gain additional skills, we offer educational programs to producers of all ages and experience levels.
Noble seeks to provide research-based information that enables you, as farmers and ranchers, to make informed decisions for your operations, to help you mitigate risk, and to give you the best opportunity to succeed.
Regenerative ranching is the process of restoring degraded grazing lands using practices based on ecological principles.
While buying organic food can assure you that the land on which it was grown was managed without the use of most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, the label itself cannot tell you whether the health of the land is improving. Regenerative agriculture focuses on building soil health and restoring degraded land within a food production system.
Regenerative ranchers commonly lower their input costs and develop skills in profitably managing their livestock and forages to feed the soil.
Regenerative ranching focuses on enhancing and restoring the land, making it more resilient and supporting the health of the overall ecosystem.
Healthy soils and ecosystems produce a variety of ecosystem services enjoyed by all of society, including carbon sequestration and water retention and filtration.
Regenerative ranching is generally associated with holistic management and decision-making as well as managed grazing. Intentional management is good for ranchers.
“Every decision you make is tied to another decision on the ranch, and you find out if you made the right one years down the road. Noble has helped us navigate the responsibility we have to make good decisions today so we can take care of the land and raise healthy animals long-term.”
G Bar C Ranch, Texas
“Every farm is like a puzzle. You’ve got to find out what works best for you, so go to seminars and workshops. Noble offers some great ones and helps organize other farm tours. ... Most importantly, never stop learning.”
“You’re going to step out there and do something different. Maybe it will work, or maybe it won’t. Not many people are willing to do that. But, Noble Research Institute has done the footwork for us, so it should be an easy step.”
—William and Karen Payne,
Destiny Ranch, Oklahoma
Regenerative agriculture and regenerative ranching are reshaping how we think about farming and food production.
Traditional ways of approaching agriculture and livestock production often rely on an overuse of chemical inputs and tillage. This can degrade the land and our environment while also undermining the producer’s profitability.
Regenerative agriculture is the process of restoring degraded soils using farming and grazing practices based on ecological principles. The benefits of regenerative agriculture practices include:
Any land or ranch management plan must be profitable in order to be sustainable. Some may believe that a choice must be made: be profitable or build natural capital through regenerative management. It is possible to be both profitable and regenerative. We start with answering these questions on our own lands first.
Agriculture is complex and unpredictable. Whether through drought, flood, pests or market fluctuations, your livelihood is influenced by factors that are out of your control. These circumstances can leave you feeling uncertain and vulnerable.
We work to help you build more resilient grazing lands, raise more marketable cattle and reduce costs. We want to give you new tools that will equip you with information and education that can help guide you through uncertainty so you can make decisions with confidence.
Your operations are part of 655 million acres of pasture and rangeland, the single largest usage of land in the U.S. Cattle and other grazing animals play a vital role in restoring and rebuilding your soil. Aligning with your own values and objectives, our aim is to help guide your journey to convert your grazing lands to produce critical protein for human consumption, increase your profitability to enable long-term planning and stability, and restore your lands to a condition better than you started with.
As Noble Research Institute looks to the future, it will continue to build on its legacy. Noble today is developing programs to help ranchers regenerate their grazing lands and achieve lasting financial stability to enable long-term planning and action. Specifically, Noble will be focused on helping producers implement long-term, regenerative ranching practices.
Noble Research Institute has been providing solutions to great agricultural challenges for more than seven decades. We hold a deep appreciation for the people who steward our nation’s grazing lands, produce our food and give so much of themselves for others. We combine our various backgrounds and expertise to help you — our nation’s farmers and ranchers — overcome the barriers you face in adopting and using regenerative ranching practices. This, we believe, will produce lasting benefits for your operation’s bottom line, your natural resources, your animals and our collective future.