Lloyd Noble established The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in 1945 to help revitalize agriculture. Today, we are the largest independent agricultural research institution in the U.S. We are made up of more than 320 people from 20-plus countries who work at our headquarters in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and on research farms in the surrounding area, to carry out the vision of Lloyd Noble. We hold a deep appreciation for agriculture just like our founder did, and we use our various backgrounds and areas of expertise to find solutions to problems faced by farmers and ranchers.
We assist farmers and ranchers through our producer relations program, which provides no-cost consultation and educational programs. Our primary areas of expertise are beef cattle, forage and small grain, pecan, and garden and hoop house production; wildlife and fisheries management; and soil testing.
We focus on research that will help farmers and ranchers improve land stewardship and productivity regionally, nationally and internationally. We look at all spectrums of agricultural research from: the basic molecular and genetic level, to how to develop stronger plants more tolerant to drought and resistant against diseases and pests, to how cattle perform in various grazing systems.
We give back through direct grants to healthcare, education and charitable organizations that strengthen communities. We also enjoy jumping into action by volunteering our time, talents and resources at various community activities through our Employee Team.
We believe it is important to encourage the next generation of problem-solvers and inspire them to learn more about science and agriculture. In addition to our agricultural education events for adults, we support teachers and students through Noble Academy.
Noble Academy is the youth educational outreach program of the Noble Foundation.
The purpose of Noble Academy is to directly engage its student and teacher audiences to:
- Increase their knowledge of agriculture and its importance to society.
- Create a greater appreciation for agriculture and science.
- Increase the number of students pursuing college degrees and careers in agriculture and/or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The Noble Foundation recognizes that today’s students are tomorrow’s decision-makers, consumers, agricultural producers, scientists and policymakers. That’s why Noble Academy focuses on equipping young people with knowledge and experiences to help them become informed, critical thinkers and problem-solvers.