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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.
Feral hogs, branding laws, drought, grasshoppers. For most producers in Oklahoma, these words stir up feelings of frustration, stress or dread.
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.
Courtney Hemphill and Alyssa Sheppard talk about the importance of animal welfare to farmers and ranchers.
Looking back at what I've accomplished this summer, I must say I feel like the last few weeks have been the most beneficial.
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 did not have many expectations coming into the opportunity other than I had a feeling it was going to be great.
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.