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Legacy: Fall 2017

A Brand New Era

On May 1, 2017, Lloyd Noble's organization took its first step toward becoming a new type of nonprofit public charity called an agricultural research institute, or ARO.

A Living Legacy

Legacy celebrates its 10th anniversary and 25th issue with the story of how it received its name.

Ag Tools on the Go

Farmers and ranchers can use the free "Ag Tools" application to help them make routine decisions in the field. The app offers 13 calculators that would be useful to cattle producers and other land managers.

Ask the Expert: Rick Nelson, Ph.D.

Rick Nelson, Ph.D., a scientist at the Noble Research Institute, answers the question, "Why do we need agricultural research," before he retires after more than 30 years of service to plant science.

Beyond the Farm Bill

Next year the Agricultural Act of 2014 (more commonly known as the farm bill) will expire, meaning negotiations for the new bill are in full swing.

Canning Tomato Salsa Using a Hot Water Bath

You can preserve fresh foods by canning, which uses heat to kill naturally occurring microorganisms. The easiest way is by using the hot water bath method. Use this method to can highly acidic foods – including this salsa recipe – without a pressure canner.

Drones on the Farm

Mike Komp, spatial technology services managers, explains why farmers and ranchers might be interested in using drones and drone-based sensors as well as how the Noble Research Institute is testing them out.

From the ARO Architects

Steve Rhines and Jeff Moen, of the Noble Research Institute, are the architects behind the creation of a new type of 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity called an agricultural research organization, or ARO. They needed an act of Congress to create this new avenue for funding agricultural research.

Funding the Answers to Farmers' Questions

Agricultural research is essential to society, yet it lacks adequate public funding for keeping pace with challenges facing farmers, ranchers and, ultimately, consumers.

Homemade Pecan Pie

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make a pecan pie from scratch. One research objective at the Noble Research Institute is to find answers to pecan growers' questions about pecan growth and production.

Some Things Never Change

Becoming the Noble Research Institute opens up new opportunities for the future. But, while Noble's name and legal structure may change, the organization's spirit remains rooted in its mission and the people who breathe life into it.

The 40-year-long Look

Dan Childs, the Noble Research Institute's longest tenured agricultural consultant, revisits the organization's past and looks toward its future.

Where I Came In

Tim Woodruff joined the Noble Research Institute (called the Noble Foundation at the time) as a web designer just three days before the historic announcement of the organizational name change and legal restructuring.