I have traveled a couple of miles in my short lifetime, but generally my time has been spent inside conference centers. This trip was a little different.
When Center for Pecan and Specialty Agriculture manager Charles Rohla asked me to help at this year's Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association Convention, I was elated to expand my knowledge on this specialty crop.
I already know I am in good hands at the Noble Research Institute, and I also know that they have big plans for us for the rest of the summer. I certainly am looking forward to it.
Moving to the West (Midwest as I am corrected fairly often enough now), I knew, would be an experience for me. One that I will look back upon in the future and think, "Wow, did I really do that? Was that real?"
As a digital clock counted down the hour we had to escape, the five of us scrambled to find clues in the books from a glass cabinet, underneath the baskets sitting on the ground and on the map of Oklahoma City that hung from the wall.
As summer at the Noble Research Institute gets underway, I am certainly excited about the new things that I am seeing, learning and doing. These opportunities are special enough that I don’t even mind the heat. Well, almost.
I have had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time around the personnel at the Noble Research Institute. For this reason, I had been chomping at the bit since I was just a kid for my opportunity to intern here.
I did not have many expectations coming into the opportunity other than I had a feeling it was going to be great.
To learn more, I searched for the Noble Research Institute on my phone and started with their operational principles. I knew then that Noble was different from most research organizations.
Nothing starts solid friendships like a box of beef jerky, a storm shelter, a water-logged computer and an obligatory selfie.