Assessing and Managing Soil Health on
Rangelands and Pasture Lands Convening Event


Event InformationLocation and DirectionsHotel AccommodationsAgenda and TopicsKeynote Speakers


Event Information

November 6-9, 2017

Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, OK
See location and accommodation information for more details. 

LaKisha Odom, FFAR

Kristie Maczko, Sustainable Rangelands Roundtable
Event Overview
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
8:00-11:00 a.m.

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.

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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.

Hotel Accomodations

Attendees will be provided individual hotel information upon registration. 

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


Keynote Speakers

A list of keynote speakers for the event will be updated when it is available.