Lloyd Noble established Noble Research Institute (originally named The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation) in 1945 to help revitalize agriculture after the Dust Bowl. He recognized that soil is the foundation of civilization, but it was not enough to simply promote an ideology of land stewardship. Ideas and knowledge need a way to reach real-world farmers and ranchers.
Here is how Noble Research Institute seeks to deliver solutions to great agricultural challenges:
Scientists gain a greater fundamental understanding of how plants grow and interact with the world around them.
Plant breeders develop stronger plants more tolerant of drought and resistant to diseases and pests.
Applied researchers test ideas and technologies on Noble Research Institute’s research ranches, where beef cattle and wildlife are managed on native and improved forages alongside complementary operations, including pecans.
Agricultural producers can request one-on-one consultation from soils, crops, livestock, wildlife, fisheries and range consultants.
They can also attend seminars, workshops and field days related to cattle, forages, natural resources and economics. These courses are organized into competency-building progressions that enable an attendee to gain mastery in a subject area over time. In addition, they gain knowledge through information published by Noble researchers, consultants and staff in scientific and popular press outlets.
In addition to educational programs for agricultural producers, Noble Research Institute offers learning opportunities for youth — society’s future problem-solvers. Students gain an awareness of and appreciation for agriculture through hands-on lessons, tours, internship programs and empowered teachers who receive support from Noble’s youth educational outreach staff.