1. Legacy

Ranchers who have worked with Noble through the years share their experiences.

Q and A

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Stan Kimbell stands at the entrance to Kimbell Ranch in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Stan Kimbell
Wichita Falls, Texas

Worked with Noble since 1982

How has Noble helped you?

The consultants helped me develop goals and objectives for each of our family properties in Texas and Oklahoma. I felt having their input on everything from soils and crops to livestock and economics was a balanced approach, and I still look back on some of the summaries they have sent me through the years from our visits.

What do you enjoy most about working with Noble?

The relationships with the consultants. I have been fortunate to have worked with such talented people in the past 38 years. Noble Research Institute is a valuable resource, and it has been a blessing to have the knowledge and advice to help me along the way to reach my operational goals.

Erika Hallock stands in her pasture in Savory, Texas

Erika Hallock
Savory, Texas

Worked with Noble since 2020

What have you learned from Noble?

While formulating a wildlife exemption plan, we learned how to make a habitat for wildlife by cutting down trees and making Eastern bluebird boxes. We learned the differences in grass seeds and which ones were the best for us to plant. We had no idea that a subject like grass seed could be so complex.

What are your initial impressions of the organization?

A consultant has helped us develop our initial plan and has been there to answer questions along the way. It is so nice to have such a great resource.

Brent and Sheri Kuehny on their pasture in Elmore City, Oklahoma

Brent and Sheri Kuehny
Elmore City, Oklahoma

Worked with Noble since early 2000s

What makes Noble unique to you?

Its ability to be an evolving resource is most beneficial to our operation. Noble is the best bridge we have found between academia, new technology and practicality, which is hard to come by.

What do you appreciate most?

Each consultant’s personal agricultural background and passion for the industry has always shown their ability to understand where our questions and concerns come from. The research projects and educational programs come from day-to-day real life situations and scenarios that producers face. We are able to apply different things from these programs to our individual operation.

Preston Smith stands in his pasture in Stuart, Oklahoma

Preston Smith
Stuart, Oklahoma

Worked with Noble since 2013

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from Noble?

Noble expanded my perspective on grazing animals and not just how to increase profitability but how they can serve as a tremendous tool for stewardship, which is paramount to the legacy we are trying to leave on our property.

How would you describe Noble to someone else?

I believe two are better than one, and at Noble you get a whole lot more than just two. They have teams of educators, researchers and producers with decades of experience who have helped us navigate some complex problems. Considering all that comes with the ease of talking with an old friend, I highly recommend working with them.

Jan Lee sits on the tailgate of his pickup truck as his cattle graze in the pasture of his ranch in Boswell, Oklahoma

Jan Lee
Boswell, Oklahoma

Worked with Noble since 2000

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received from Noble?

The advice was a question: “What are your goals?” It was one of the first questions they asked me. This was important to know in order to help me obtain my dream of becoming a farmer focused on pasture and range.

What would you tell others about Noble?

This organization is top notch. They are there to help you become a better manager. Their information has been priceless to me.

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