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Two Noble Employees Earn Prestigious Selection

Posted Jul. 27, 2018

ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute economics program lead and agricultural economics consultant Myriah Johnson, Ph.D., and agriculture technology applications coordinator Dillon Payne have been selected to participate in Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) Class XIX.

"Myriah and Dillon are talented, rising leaders here at the Noble Research Institute and within our state agriculture industry," said Bill Buckner, Noble Research Institute president and CEO. "They are dedicated to our mission of advancing agriculture and are great examples of individuals who seek ways to help those around them better."

The OALP mission is to develop leaders for Oklahoma agriculture. This program focuses on three specific objectives: to help potential leaders develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of people, to help them develop a better understanding of basic systems of economics and government, and to help them use this appreciation and understanding to solve problems and advance Oklahoma agriculture.

"I am excited for the opportunity to participate and better understand the many facets of agriculture in Oklahoma, in the U.S. and internationally," Johnson said. "This program will not only facilitate engagement with classmates and professionals in different agriculture sectors, but will stimulate the passion we all have for learning about and working in the agriculture industry."

The class will attend leadership development seminars during the next 20 months as well as participate in a study tour through the eastern portion of the United States. The program will conclude with a two-week international study experience.

"We have a tremendous opportunity to experience agriculture across our country and around the world then bring that knowledge back to improve agriculture in our home state," Payne said. "I’m proud to be a part of Oklahoma agriculture, and I’m excited about learning new ways to support and propel our industry even further."

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Noble Research Institute agricultural economics consultant Myriah Johnson, Ph.D., and agriculture technology applications coordinator Dillon Payne have been selected to participate in Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) Class XIX.

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, the Noble Research Institute conducts fundamental, translational and applied research; offers no-cost consultation and education to farmers, ranchers and land managers; operates seven research and demonstration farms; and educates students of all ages about science and agriculture. The Noble Research Institute was founded by Lloyd Noble, an Oklahoma oilman and philanthropist, in 1945 as The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to advance agriculture and land stewardship.

For media inquiries concerning the Noble Research Institute, please contact:
J. Adam Calaway, Director of Communications and Public Relations
580-224-6209 | 580-224-6208 fax

Robyn Peterson, Public Relations Coordinator
580-224-6294

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