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Walker Serves Beef Industry With Board Positions

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ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Research Institute livestock consultant Ryon Walker, Ph.D., was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for three independent, national beef cattle organizations.

Walker will serve on the board of directors for the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA) and American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) Foundation.

The USRSB is a multi-stakeholder initiative developed to advance, support and communicate continuous improvement in sustainability of the U.S. beef value chain. The executive committee members represent various voices in the conversation on beef sustainability, from rancher to consumer, and guide the work of USRSB.

ICASA is an industry-oriented, public-private partnership created by the nonprofit Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. ICASA’s research promotes the careful use of antibiotics, advances animal health and welfare, and increases transparency in food production practices. The board helps support the working groups to fund research projects.

ARPAS is the organization that provides certification to animal scientists through examination, continuing education and commitment to code of ethics. The organization also disseminates applied scientific information through publication of a peer-reviewed journal. The ARPAS Foundation Board oversees the budget and approves any financial requests.

As a Noble livestock consultant, Walker works directly with ranchers to assist them in achieving their specific goals while enhancing land stewardship. His emphasis is beef cattle reproduction. Walker earned a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Texas A&M University, a Master of Agriculture in animal science from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in reproductive physiology from Colorado State University.


Ryon Walker, Ph.D.Ryon Walker, Ph.D., Noble Research Institute livestock consultant, specializes in beef cattle reproduction.


“I look forward to serving in these important roles and representing Noble Research Institute as we focus on land stewardship in grazing animal production with producer profitability.”
- Ryon Walker, Ph.D., livestock consultant

“It’s a great honor for Ryon to be asked to serve on these boards. He joined Noble Research Institute three years ago, bringing a wealth of knowledge, practical experience and leadership capabilities to our organization. We are pleased for Ryon to receive this recognition.”
- Hugh Aljoe, director of producer relations

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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