2012 Archive

Long-term strategies help minimize taxes

As Ben Franklin once noted, the only two things one can count on with certainty are death and taxes. Most Americans go to extra lengths in order to delay them both as long as possible.

Phone app provides soils data in the field

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of California-Davis Soil Resource Lab recently developed an app for smartphone-using farmers, ranchers or others interested in land stewardship.

Passing the buck increases antler size

Our most common recommendation to land managers for improving antler quality on white-tailed deer is to increase the age structure of the male segment of the herd. In other words, let the bucks get older.

The Noble Spirit

You'd like Jackie Kelley if you met her. She's unassuming and proper. She's bright-spirited and jovial. Here at the Noble Research Institute, she works in the Communications Department, handling whatever tasks are asked of her (and then some). A self-taught copy editor, she's the first person that reads everything I write. She makes sure that my participles don't dangle and my commas are unspliced.

A True Southern Gentleman

With quick wit and his trademark smile, Joe Bouton discusses how his lifes work has helped shape plant breeding worldwide. Throughout his 35-year career as a scientist and educator, the motivation for Joe Bouton, Ph.D., has been simple help farmers and ranchers.

Sweeney's Secret

On a sunny day in July, it looks like the quintessential summer camp, where kids hide candy bars in hollowed-out bunk beds or meet their long-lost identical twin. The mess hall buzzes with loud chatter and the clanking of silverware. Screen doors creak open and slam shut with the traffic of busy campers.

A Day in the Life of Noble

From sunrise to sunset (and beyond), the 400 employees of the Noble Research Institute strive to fulfill their mission of advancing agriculture.

Twain Butler

Like solving a Rubik's cube click by click, Twain Butler works relentlessly to solve the most frustrating problems in agriculture. Butler, 39, grew up on a diverse farming operation that included beef and dairy cattle.

Boldly Going... Again

Rocketing plants into space seeks outcomes for Earths farmers and future space explorers.

Earning More Than Badges

A legacy of collaboration and participation builds strong ties between the Noble Foundation and regional Boy Scout organization.