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Noble Research Institute develops improved varieties of small grains (wheat, rye, triticale and oat) and perennial cool-season forages (tall fescue and alfalfa). Since 1956, Noble Research Institute has released 25 forage varieties.
The primary goal of Noble Research Institute’s Small Grains Breeding Program is to develop small grains cultivars with increased grazing tolerance, winter hardiness, forage yield and forage quality to benefit livestock production.
Thousands of miles away from the small Chinese village where Xuefeng Ma, Ph.D., grew up, his work at Noble Research Institute has brought him full circle to lessons learned as a child.
Many at the Noble Research Institute raise cattle and are otherwise engaged in production agriculture outside of their full-time jobs. Others grew up on farms and ranches. These are their stories.