Annual Report: 2017
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This annual report bears witness to the legacy of a man who survived the Dust Bowl and planted a seed that has reaped generations of healthier land and more productive farmers and ranchers. Within these pages are stories of men and women who are the standard-bearers of a fundamental truth that unity and boldness can shape history. They share an unflinching courage to explore, a daily devotion to rolled-up sleeves and a tenacious belief that countless small steps finally make the impossible possible.
Within the Noble Research Institute core values exist three simple words: "Never fear challenges." We will not let the threat of failure or the perceived size of a task deter us from venturing into the unknown. This perspective changes how we approach problems and unleashes our ability to solve them.
Great need begs for big solutions. For an inspired, well-equipped generation of people for agriculture and the world. Ideas must come from every corner of the mind to grasp the unattainable. Add a thorough plan and determination. Draw people together with a shared vision. What once seemed lofty can become reality.
Wind and water carries tons of topsoil, the foundation of life, away from farmland each year. The soil, and its ability to produce food, slowly weakens. Farmers and ranchers are increasingly adopting an old-time armor for soil: cover crops. But they have many questions that still need answered.
The story of beef is complex. It begins with a calf born on a ranch and continues two years. Dozens of people are involved from start to finish before the story ends at dinner. Though each person depends on the others, rarely does one see the full story. Together, they seek improved sustainability. First, they must connect.
Plants need to eat to live. Their food commonly comes in the form of fertilizer. But the plants rarely finish their dinner. Excess washes away, wasting time and money as well as causing environmental concerns. Scientists are looking within the plants themselves to unlock their natural abilities to more efficiently use nutrients.
Plant scientists see the ways agriculture can be more environmentally friendly. They have ideas for tools to help farmers and ranchers. To solve some of the planet’s most pressing problems. And now they seek to overcome a philosophical division with a new vision in plant breeding.
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation provides the leadership for the Noble Research Institute to carry out its charitable purposes, act as a good steward of its resources, and conduct and support its activities in accordance with the vision of founder Lloyd Noble. The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation further directs management to formalize and implement the Noble Research Institute’s strategic plan.