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Rangeland society selects two consultants for boards

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Two Noble Research Institute pasture and range consultants have been selected to serve on Society for Range Management (SRM) boards of directors.

Jeff Goodwin was chosen as a director on the national board, and Rob Cook was elected to the Oklahoma section board. Both will serve until 2019.

"This is quite an accomplishment for Jeff and Rob," said Billy Cook, Ph.D., Noble Research Institute Agricultural Division director. "It's a testament to their professionalism and the respect their peers have for them. They are both knowledgeable advocates for rangeland management issues and are effective in communicating those issues to producers and others in the agriculture industry."

Goodwin recently joined the Noble Research Institute in May 2016 after working with landowners for 15 years as a Natural Resources Conservation Service rangeland specialist.

"The Society for Range Management fosters and promotes science-based solutions that address the many issues affecting our native rangelands globally," Goodwin said. "I am proud and honored to have a small role in this process and do my part."

Rob Cook joined the Noble Research Institute in 2015 after working as a Natural Resources Conservation Service rangeland specialist for 11 years.

"I'm honored to be elected," Rob Cook said. "I look forward to working alongside the Oklahoma section's leadership and members to continue to be an important voice for rangeland management throughout the state and beyond."

The Society for Range Management is dedicated to supporting people who work with rangelands and have a commitment to the sustainable use, conservation and management of rangelands for the benefit of current societies and future generations.

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Noble Research Institute Pasture and Range Consultants Jeff Goodwin and Rob Cook were elected to the national and Oklahoma Society of Range Management boards of directors, respectively.

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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