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Noble Research Institute receives national safety award

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute received the National Safety Council's Million Work Hours award during a recent all employee meeting.

The award recognizes the Noble Research Institute's milestone of completing 1.39 million work hours without an occupational injury or illness resulting in days away from work. The Noble Research Institute accomplished this safety feat from October 2013 to September 2015.

"A safe work environment does not just happen," said Robert Williams, safety and risk manager. "You have to constantly provide education and training, and be vigilant in your efforts. Very few companies make 1 million hours with no lost-time injuries. It is extremely rare in the agriculture industry."

Safety is one of the Noble Research Institute's five core values. Noble Research Institute employees work in both field and laboratory settings, use various sizes of equipment and work with cattle. With this in mind, the Noble Research Institute provides more than 100 safety trainings throughout the year, ranging from hazard communication and emergency preparedness to working safely with chemicals and agriculture equipment.

"Our safety and health program has provided the leadership and training to make this award possible, but the entire Foundation, every single employee, absolutely contributed," said Bill Buckner, president and CEO. "Together, we are mindful that every task has a safety component, so we remain vigilant in our pursuit of the safest and healthiest work environment."

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National Safety Council's Million Work Hours awardOklahoma Safety Council Executive Director Dave Koeneke presents Noble Research Institute President Bill Buckner with the award.

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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