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I started off the summer more than 1,200 miles away from home, not knowing a single soul in Oklahoma. I am completing my final week at Noble with eight great new friends and countless mentors and contacts.
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.
Fellow Ag Scholar Garth Gatson, agricultural consultant Clay Wright and I left the Noble Research Institute at 5 a.m., Monday, July 13, for Dallas to board a plane bound for the beautiful sunshine state.
I had never left northwest Arkansas and my family for the summer before, but I felt comfortable knowing I was coming to the Noble Research Institute, which is known for its family-oriented workplace.
Growing up in southwest Oklahoma, I had little appreciation for pecans. My grandparents have a few trees on their place, and I remember them gathering pecans for Thanksgiving pecan pie when I was a child, but overall my perception of the industry was that it was small, perhaps nonexistent.
Aghast and jaws dropped, Livestock Consultant Bryan Nichols, Seth Pratt and I watched a set of two calves disappear over the hill into the next grazing paddock accompanied by the heart-dropping sounds of stretching fence and popping insulators. Such was the situation as we attempted to herd the calves into their designated grazing pen for the grazing research project.