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Noble Learning: Your Resource for Building Ag Knowledge

By Amy Hays, Adult Education Manager
and Brook Gaskamp, Adult Education Associate 2

Posted Jan. 17, 2019

When was the last time you learned something new? Something big enough that you felt a real shift? McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc said, “When you’re green, you’re growing. When you’re ripe, you rot.” Every time we are willing to learn and develop, we are green and growing. However, when we decide we have “arrived” and there is nothing else to learn, we’ve matured and ripened.

One of the things you probably feel when you are opening the door to “greenness” again is that it’s a great feeling. A challenge. There is something to look forward to: growth and the potential to build. For Noble Learning, there is nothing more important than serving producers who are seeking growth and “greenness.” Our challenge is how can we help you keep green and growing? We are seeking the learner who wants to learn.

Noble Learning’s role is to offer guidance and proven ideas.

In 2019, Noble Learning will fully introduce education progressions as a service to learners to build their skills and abilities to manage production systems.

We Are Here For You

Stewardship of the soil and resources is the story of the steward, not the story of the practice. We serve and work with producers so they can maximize their operations and build profitable, innovative and resilient systems. The ability of only 2 percent of us to provide food and fiber for everyone is a great challenge. Noble Learning’s role is to offer guidance and proven ideas — things we see on our own farms and from our own pastures and livestock at the Noble Research Institute — that enable you to successfully move forward. In 2019, we invite you to work with us and utilize Noble Learning’s offerings to build and work toward achieving your production, stewardship and financial goals.

What is the Goal?

The goal is that you will be able to pick and select the education events that best suit your operation or goals at your skill level and with others who are experiencing the same challenges. An evolving list of education events will be added to the website so you can see all the courses that will be offered and what courses complement each other.

Opportunities for Producer Networking

Perfection is unachievable, but we all can get better every day. Our goal is to provide you with relevant and resourceful educational events that foster your learning and ultimately your success. We also want to provide you with interactions and networking opportunities with like-minded and like-sized producers to explore ideas or practices. We look forward to serving you and to learning and sharing things that allow us to get better every day.

Steve Upson shows a tour group the some Noble Crops.

What Noble Learning Looks Like

When you look at the Noble Research Institute events page (www.noble.org/events), you will see several changes to our traditional outreach programs. You will find:

  1. Offerings designed as education progressions, a series of connected and interrelated learning opportunities spanning two to five years.
  2. Education events listed with new labels to help you find what level of knowledge the event delivers.

Should You Attend?

New, transparent event descriptions will give you the information you need to decide whether to take time away from work and spend it with us. Understanding what experience level is needed for each event and knowing what you will learn will help you choose courses that best fit your needs as a producer.

Why the Change?

We know that learning happens in pieces and builds over time, and research validates this as a more effective learning environment for producers. Therefore, you will see a course listing that spans an entire a year, and you can anticipate future events to build competencies during the next several years. We hope you will plan to join us for many of these new events throughout the coming years.

Building Blocks

We now offer courses that build on one another and increase your knowledge in a subject area from basic to advanced levels. This means that instead of one long course, educational material is broken down into more digestible and manageable chunks of information.

How You Learn

As educators, we know some information is best learned in a classroom, but we have a vast set of resources and expertise to offer you the chance to learn in the environment you work in. That’s why we shifting to offer more learning opportunities through demonstrations, through hands-on activities and in the field.

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