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Noble Selects 2020 Leonard Wyatt Award Winner

The Leonard Wyatt Memorial Outstanding Cooperator Award is given annually to a farmer or rancher who has demonstrated mastery in their agricultural operation and a willingness to mentor others.

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute presented Rusty Daniel with the 2020 Leonard Wyatt Memorial Outstanding Cooperator Award.

The Daniel family ranch, Daniel Brothers, near Coleman, Oklahoma, has participated in Noble’s no-cost consultation services and educational programs to achieve financial, production, stewardship and quality-of-life goals since 1978. Therefore, Daniel grew up working alongside Noble’s consultants. In 1999, he took on a leadership role on the ranch. Then, in 2005, Daniel became the manager of Wood Ranch near Wapanucka, Oklahoma, where he operates a total of 3,000 acres, with cow-calf pairs grazing on 1,500 of those acres.

Criteria for the Leonard Wyatt Memorial Outstanding Cooperator Award are based on accomplishments within the farmer or rancher’s operation, their community service, and their willingness to assist other producers.

Daniel is a past board member of the Integrity Beef Alliance and has been a speaker at Noble educational events. Daniel is a leader in agriculture and his local community. His son-in-law is now the third generation to work with Noble consultants. Daniel is also active with area youth and in his church.

Daniel and his wife Stephanie will have their names placed on a permanent plaque displayed at Noble Research Institute.

Rusty and Stephanie Daniel with James LockeRusty Daniel (center) received the 2020 Leonard Wyatt Memorial Outstanding Cooperator Award. Pictured with him are his wife Stephanie (left), and planned consultation manager and senior soils and crops consultant James Locke.
Rusty and Stephanie Daniel with Dell and Sandy WoodRusty Daniel and his wife, Stephanie, (left) stand with Dell and Sandy Wood, owners of Wood Ranch.

“Sometimes you have to take a chance on things. I never would have ventured out and been successful in the areas I have without the help of Noble. I knew the consultants were alongside me when I was hesitant to take those chances.”
- Rusty Daniel, manager of Wood Ranch

“Rusty and his family have a strong passion for agriculture. He has been part of Noble Research Institute since he was a kid and has not stopped asking questions since. Rusty is always willing to share his knowledge and experiences with anyone who asks. He is very adept at helping and showing how he cares for others.”
- James Locke, Noble Research Institute planned consultation manager and senior soils and crops consultant


Rusty Daniel highlights his agricultural operation as the 2020 Leonard Wyatt Memorial Outstanding Cooperator Award winner.

Noble Research Institute, LLC (www.noble.org) is an independent nonprofit agricultural research organization dedicated to delivering solutions to great agricultural challenges. Headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Noble’s goal is to achieve land stewardship for improved soil health in grazing animal production with lasting producer profitability. Achievement of this goal will be measured by farmers and ranchers profitably regenerating hundreds of millions of acres of U.S. grazing lands. Noble aims to remove, mitigate or help producers avoid the barriers that deter the lasting use of regenerative, profitable land management practices in grazing animal production.

Researchers, consultants, educators and ranch staff work together to give farmers and ranchers the skills and tools to regenerate the land in a profitable manner. Noble researchers and educators seek and deliver answers to producer questions concerning regenerative management of pasture and range environments, wildlife, pecan production, and livestock production. Regenerative management recognizes that each decision made on the ranch impacts the interactions of the soil, plants, water, animals and producers. Noble’s 14,000 acres of working ranch lands provide a living laboratory on which to demonstrate and practice regenerative principles and ideas to deliver value to farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

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