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Miles selected for national cattlemen's 'Top of the Class' program

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute cattle and technology research associate Austin Miles has been selected as one of five to participate in the seventh session of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's (NCBA) Top of the Class program.

This program is the next step for Masters of Beef Advocacy (MBA) graduates who wish to make a greater impact on behalf of the beef community. The program will equip participants with the training, knowledge and experience they need to be sources of information for national media outlets, journalists and consumers looking for more information about beef production.

"Austin is a tremendous asset to the Noble Research Institute," said Evan Whitley, Ph.D., cattle systems contract research manager. "He is a knowledgeable advocate for beef cattle management issues, and he is effective in communicating those issues to producers and others in the agriculture industry."

Miles is involved in the implementation and execution of the Noble Research Institute's beef cattle research efforts. His areas of specialization include: data management and analysis, animal stockmanship, and identification and implementation of innovative technologies relevant to beef production and animal husbandry. Miles also serves as program coordinator for Noble's Junior Beef Excellence Program.

"I am passionate about agriculture, the people I work with in the industry, and how we are able to cultivate food and fiber from the natural resources we are entrusted to care for," Miles said. "I hope to gain confidence in communicating with the public. I feel this program will help me grow as an advocate and steward of the agriculture industry."

Miles is a registered animal scientist through the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. He is also a member of NCBA, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA), Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), and Cooke County Beef Cattle Improvement Association. He was also part of OCA's Cattlemen's Leadership Academy Class XXIV in 2016. Miles received his bachelor's degree in agricultural leadership and development in 2010, and his master's degree in animal science in 2012, both from Texas A&M University.

You can follow Miles on his Twitter and Instagram pages to see what his life is like as a father, husband, researcher and cattle rancher.

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Noble Research Institute cattle and technology research associate Austin Miles has been selected as one of five to participate in the seventh session of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's (NCBA) Top of the Class program.

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 regenerative land stewardship in grazing animal production with 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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