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Noble Research Institute Senior Pecan Specialist given the Herman Hinrichs Pecan Citation Award

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Noble Research Institute Senior Pecan Specialist, Charlie Graham, was given the Herman Hinrichs Pecan Citation Award for work he has done to support the Oklahoma pecan industry.

The annual Herman Hinrichs Pecan Citation Award recognizes a professional who has made a significant contribution to the Oklahoma pecan industry. The winner is chosen by the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association and is awarded during their annual meeting.

“Charlie has been a great asset to the Noble pecan team as a consultant and researcher. He will be instrumental as we focus on regenerative agriculture, especially for the pecan industry across the US,” said Charles Rohla, Pecan and Specialty Agriculture Systems Manager.

Graham has been at Noble for over three years, where he works with pecan growers across the state of Oklahoma and has helped lead numerous field days, workshops and webinars. Additionally, Graham contributes to the Oklahoma State University Pecan Class that meets monthly from February through October.

Before arriving at Noble, Graham studied diseases in cotton and Chile peppers at New Mexico State University and was the professor of plant breeding and horticulture at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, specializing in fruit and nut crops for over 20 years.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association with this award,” Graham said. “I am fortunate to work with such a supportive industry that continuously works with me to improve pecan production across the state. I would like to thank my family and my co-workers at Noble. They push me every day to do my best work. I am blessed to be able to do what I love for a living and look forward to helping more pecan producers with Noble.”

Graham earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Biology, as well as his Master of Science in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. Graham also obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Physiology from Clemson University.


Charlie Graham, Ph.D.
Charlie Graham was given the Herman Hinrichs Pecan Citation Award for his significant contribution to the Oklahoma pecan industry.

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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