November 6-9, 2017
LaKisha Odom, FFAR
Kristie Maczko, Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) invites you to join us for a convening meeting co-hosted by the Sustainable Rangelands RoundTable and the Noble Research Institute. The objective of this convening event is to explore the state of science, information needs, and research gaps in rangeland and pasture land soil health. Our goal is to provide farmers, ranchers and other land managers tools they can use to access information about soil health and to empower them to make more informed soil health decisions.
Goals of the Event:
- Obtain perspectives from producer knowledge and experience to define information needs
- Discuss soil management and conservation practice adoption among producers
- Identify research gaps in rangeland soil health
- Determine next steps to address identified research gaps
- Identify potential partners
Optional Tour: Noble Research Facilities
November 6, 2017
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tour of Noble Research Facilities, including soil science, microbiology and DNA laboratories. The tour will last approximately 2 hours at indoor facilities. People interested in this tour should arrive at DFW Airport no later than 12:30 p.m. CT on November 6 for tour pickup. RSVP by selecting this tour when registering for the event.
Optional Tour: Ranches and Field Sites
November 9, 2017
Tour of working Noble ranches and field sites where various soil health studies have been conducted. The tour will take approximately 3 hours, and participants can leave from the tour to travel directly to DFW Airport. Flights out should not be booked before 2:00 p.m. CT on November 9 for tour participants. RSVP by selecting this tour when registering for the event.
Location and Directions
This event is located at the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ardmore is approximately 90 miles south of Oklahoma City and 90 miles north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. See additional travel details provided by Noble here.
3210 Sam Noble Parkway
Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401
Map of area
Traveling to the Event
It is recommended that attendees fly in and out of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas. Noble Research Institute is approximately 2 hours from the DFW Airport. Shuttles will be arranged for attendees according to arrival times. If you did not indicate an arrival time when you registered, please contact LaKisha Odom with your flight information to request a shuttle.
If you choose to drive yourself from DFW Airport to the event location, please refer to driving directions provided by the Noble Research Institute.
Agenda and Topics for Discussion
A full agenda will be provided to participants prior to the event.
Monday, November 6
Travel to Ardmore
Optional tour of Noble Research Foundation Facilities (Tour starts at 2:30 p.m. Flights should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. for those planning to attend the tour.)
Opening reception and dinner
Tuesday, November 7
Opening session featuring producer and landowner perspectives
Panel exploring the state of soil health science
Discussion exploring the connections between research and practice
Wednesday, November 8
Group discussions to identify potential research gaps and questions
Setting research agenda to address identified gaps
Closing session to create plan of action
Thursday, November 9
Optional tour of Noble Research Institute ranches and field sites. (Tour ends at 11:00 a.m. Flights should be booked after 2:00 p.m. for those planning to attend the tour.)
Travel home from Ardmore
A list of keynote speakers for the event will be updated when it is available.