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Noble Research Institute Promotes Biermacher, Monteros

Noble’s research economist and legume plant breeder earn promotions for ongoing contributions to their respective research fields and Noble’s mission.

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute researchers Jon Biermacher, Ph.D., and Maria Monteros, Ph.D., were recently promoted to professor.

Biermacher has served as the primary research economist for Noble Research Institute since 2005. His research focuses on generating useful economic information for agricultural producers involved in forage-based beef cattle production, pecan production and other related fields.

Biermacher develops useful information about the economic benefits and costs associated with new production and marketing systems. Farmers and ranchers can use this information to help them decide whether or not to adopt these new systems on their operations.

Beyond his research, Biermacher is highly involved with numerous organizations at the local, state and national levels. Currently, he serves on committees for the Western Agricultural Economics Association as well as the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Biermacher is also an adviser for Oklahoma’s Southern Technology Center’s Biotechnology Academy.

Monteros has led Noble Research Institute’s Legume Genomics Laboratory since 2007. Her research focuses on improved plant breeding methods to develop solutions to challenges limiting agricultural productivity, to reduce on-farm inputs to enhance the profitability of year-round forage-based grazing systems and sustainability of pecan production enterprises.

Monteros’ lab has implemented new strategies to evaluate the performance of plants under a range of stress conditions, identify better performing plants, and understand the methods plants use to cope and thrive under stressors, such as weather and nutrient deficiencies. Understanding these things will enable the development of better plant varieties with durable disease resistance and optimized for growth in multiple farming regions.

Monteros has served on the editorial board for five scientific journals and as a reviewer of grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture and various plant breeding programs. She is an active member of the Association for Women in Science educational awards committee and the Women in Science initiative of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America.

REPLACE THIS TEXTJon Biermacher, Ph.D., serves as the primary research economist for Noble Research Institute.
REPLACE THIS TEXTMaria Monteros, Ph.D., leads Noble Research Institute’s Legume Genomics Laboratory.

“Jon brings a unique and important perspective to our research. Economic analysis is crucial for prioritizing our research and for guiding decision-making by farmers and ranchers.”
- Michael Udvardi, Ph.D., chief scientific officer

“Maria is a role model for our early-career scientists. She has worked hard to take big steps in her research career, earning an international reputation in legume genomics and breeding.”
- Michael Udvardi, Ph.D., chief scientific officer

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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