2014 Archive

Fictional goats and garden, real hard work

"So you made a theoretical plan for raising theoretical goats for a theoretical cooperator?" asked Luke Braswell, Noble Research Institute photographer, one evening as we were doing a Rural Life Team photo shoot. Though the plan and goats may not have been real, the time, effort and lessons I learned this summer from the Rural Life Plan project were definitely real.

Growing Our Legacy: Agriculture and Animal Welfare

Courtney Hemphill and Alyssa Sheppard talk about the importance of animal welfare to farmers and ranchers.

Final summer thoughts: On beef, advocacy and the future

Looking back at what I've accomplished this summer, I must say I feel like the last few weeks have been the most beneficial.

An Unforgettable Summer

As my time at the Noble Research Institute comes to an end, I can't help but think back on all I have had the opportunity to do this summer.

Chosen, Challenged and Changed (Forever)

May 19 was a peculiar morning. The air was sticky, and the sky was gray. It was my first day of work as a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture. Nervous is not a word I commonly use to describe myself, but the anxiety I felt about the summer ahead had my stomach doing somersaults.

Precautions reduce heat illness

Heat illness is a serious medical condition resulting from the body's inability to cope with a particular heat load. It is not a sign of weakness or frailty, and it can be a serious health risk even when the temperature is moderate.

Unmanned aerial vehicles advance agriculture

UAVs will be useful for agriculture because of their ability to deploy meaningful sensors, making it easy for users to observe resources from a vantage point not previously feasible.

Wheat alternatives expand winter pasture choices

The vast majority of the winter pasture in the Southern Great Plains is wheat. There are many reasons for this, including culture, the opportunity to harvest and sell grain, and government and insurance programs.

Nature manages native plant communities

Several things drive native plant communities: sunlight, soils, water, herbivory, fire and rest. We could learn a few things by paying attention.

Cool storage reduces produce losses

More often than not, new market gardeners are so focused on growing and marketing that they fail to plan adequately for what happens between the two - postharvest handling and storage.