I have traveled a couple of miles in my short lifetime, but generally my time has been spent inside conference centers. This trip was a little different.
When Center for Pecan and Specialty Agriculture manager Charles Rohla asked me to help at this year's Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association Convention, I was elated to expand my knowledge on this specialty crop.
I already know I am in good hands at the Noble Research Institute, and I also know that they have big plans for us for the rest of the summer. I certainly am looking forward to it.
Moving to the West (Midwest as I am corrected fairly often enough now), I knew, would be an experience for me. One that I will look back upon in the future and think, "Wow, did I really do that? Was that real?"
On one of our final days in the north, we visited the home of a woman who will be part of an agricultural training program.
As a digital clock counted down the hour we had to escape, the five of us scrambled to find clues in the books from a glass cabinet, underneath the baskets sitting on the ground and on the map of Oklahoma City that hung from the wall.
As summer at the Noble Research Institute gets underway, I am certainly excited about the new things that I am seeing, learning and doing. These opportunities are special enough that I don’t even mind the heat. Well, almost.
I have had the opportunity to spend quite a bit of time around the personnel at the Noble Research Institute. For this reason, I had been chomping at the bit since I was just a kid for my opportunity to intern here.
I did not have many expectations coming into the opportunity other than I had a feeling it was going to be great.
It is easy to get caught up in the process of development and forget the "why" behind it. Seeing the kids reminds you just why you are here.