ARDMORE, OK – August 2, 2023 – Noble Research Institute’s inaugural two-day training event, Essentials of Regenerative Ranching, brought together farmers and ranchers who are eager to improve the health of their land, livestock, and livelihood. This first delivery of the course, held July 11-12, 2023, at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, provided producers with an immersive experience that combined facilitator-led classroom learning with hands-on activities in the field, as well as ample opportunities for ranchers to connect and problem-solve with their peers.
“I gained some real practical, hands-on knowledge that I’ll definitely be going back and implementing,” said Brendan Bennett, a rancher from San Augustine, Texas. “Also, there’s a wealth of information and experience from the other producers here. I look forward to being able to go back home to the farm and know that I have them as a resource if I have questions.”
Through classroom sessions and engaging field demonstrations, Noble’s facilitators guided ranchers to a deeper understanding of regenerative principles and how to effectively implement regenerative practices in their own operations.
“We’ve designed Essentials of Regenerative Ranching to offer farmers and ranchers guidance in using core principles and proven monitoring methods,” said Hugh Aljoe, director of ranches, outreach and partnerships at Noble Research Institute. “This program allows them to overcome obstacles, become more informed problem-solvers and be more resilient to the highs and lows of the industry.”
By participating in Essentials, ranchers join a community of like-minded producers who are shaping the future of ranching and leaving a lasting impact on their land and families. During the training, collaborative discussions and the exchange of ideas create a vibrant learning environment, fostering a sense of community and support among participants.
“We are delighted to have hosted the Essentials of Regenerative Ranching training at Tarleton State University,” said Zhan Aljoe, director of the Tarleton Agriculture Center at the university. “It was a privilege to witness the enthusiasm and commitment of the participating farmers and ranchers in learning innovative techniques to enhance their ranching operations. We are proud to contribute to their success and support the noble cause of regenerative agriculture.”
The Essentials of Regenerative Ranching program is one of many solutions offered as part of Noble’s ongoing commitment to advancing regenerative agricultural practices and empowering farmers and ranchers to thrive in a rapidly changing industry. By equipping participants with the tools and knowledge needed to implement regenerative ranching techniques, Noble Research Institute continues to be at the forefront of driving positive change in the agriculture sector.
Upcoming Essentials of Regenerative Agriculture two-day courses are scheduled for Aug. 15-16 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Ardmore. For more information and to register, visit www.noble.org/essentials.
Left: Ranchers at the recent Essentials of Regenerative Ranching course offered by Noble Research Institute practiced measuring plant height and density to calculate grazeable forage in pastures. The course was conducted at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
Right: Noble Research Institute course facilitator Jim Johnson visits with rancher Christopher Landherr as he completes a workbook page during the Essentials of Regenerative Ranching course at Stephenville, Texas.
Noble Research Institute is the nation’s largest independent agriculture research organization and public charity, supporting ranchers and farmers with research, education and mentorship for regenerating soil health to improve their land, livestock and livelihood. Since 1945, Noble Research Institute has been a leading, trusted resource in agricultural research and education dedicated to land stewardship. Demonstrating our ongoing commitment to regenerating our nation’s grazing lands, Noble actively manages 13,500 acres of working ranchlands to provide real-world insights and applications for farmers and ranchers.
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