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Noble employees selected to NextGen Under 30 list

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ARDMORE, Okla. Noble Research Institute Education Services Associate Brook Gaskamp and Noble Research Institute Spatial Technology Services Supervisor Mike Komp were recently selected to Oklahoma's 2016 NextGen Under 30 list. They will be honored at an awards banquet Nov. 18 and profiled in the ionOklahoma magazine.

"Brook and Mike are effective young leaders in their respective fields," said Bill Buckner, Noble Research Institute president and CEO. "They are dedicated to our mission of advancing agriculture and committed to helping their co-workers. They are great examples of individuals who could focus on their individual talents but instead seek ways to improve the Noble Research Institute and make those around them better."

NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative and inspiring Oklahomans who push the boundaries within their areas of expertise.

Gaskamp served as the Noble Research Institute soil health project coordinator for two years before moving into her current position. She is involved in the Noble in the Community and Noble Advancing Professionals activities. She previously worked as an Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service educator in Grady County for two-and-a-half years before coming to the Noble Research Institute in May 2014.

"It's an honor to be chosen," Gaskamp said. "It means a lot to be nominated by my colleagues who have confidence in my potential to impact the organization and our community."

Gaskamp is a member of Oklahoma Cattlemen's and Cattlewomen's associations, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Leadership Academy alumni, and Leadership Ardmore alumni. She received her bachelor's degree in animal science from Kansas State University and her master's degree in animal science from Texas A&M University.

"Brook's knowledge of agriculture and her abilities to coordinate complex projects and adapt to any situation makes her a true asset to the Noble Research Institute," said Mary Kate Wilson, philanthropy, engagement and project management director. "We look forward to her continued professional growth as a valued member of our team."

Komp received his bachelor's degree in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master's degrees in business administration and in geographic information science (GIS) from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Komp joined the Noble Research Institute in 2015.

"Mike is an innovative and forward-thinking leader," said Melanie Davis, computing services director. "He manages a group of GIS specialists with the goal of putting GIS information, tools and training in the hands of our researchers and agricultural consultants. His program's efforts have the potential to significantly impact our consultation and research efforts."

At the Noble Research Institute, Komp volunteers with the Noble in the Community activities. He has also served as a court appointed special advocate (CASA) in the Ardmore community. Komp is also a member of the South Central Arc User Group, an organization dedicated to benefiting GIS software users.

"It is a great honor to be selected," Komp said. "Agriculture is becoming more technology focused. I am excited to bring attention to the Noble Research Institute and how we have brought information technology into a more active role in the agriculture industry."

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Noble Research Institute Education Services Associate Brook Gaskamp and Noble Research Institute Spatial Technology Services Supervisor Mike Komp were recently selected to Oklahoma's 2016 NextGen Under 30 list.

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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