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One of the many things that I have learned since arriving at the Noble Research Institute is that prescribed burns are a big thing out here.
Drought and ongoing wildfires turned western Oklahoma into a governor-declared disaster zone by April 13. Ten days later, the still-blazing fires covered more than 349,000 acres.
Jimmy and Ginger Emmons press on from the Rhea Fire knowing it cannot overpower the agriculture community’s spirit or the soil’s ability to give life.
Jimmy Emmons, a farmer and rancher from Leedey, Oklahoma, describes Bill Buckner, retiring president and CEO of the Noble Research Institute, as a prized friend whose kindness and generosity will leave as large a mark as his on-the-job accomplishments.