James Rogers, Ph.D., was recently selected to lead one of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation’s four agricultural consultation teams.
As team manager, Rogers oversees a consultation group that assists more than 350 farmers and ranchers in north Texas.
“It is the challenge of a lifetime to lead a consultation team at the Noble Foundation, but one I’m happy to take on,” Rogers said. “Helping agricultural producers has been my life’s mission since I was a little boy growing up on a farm in South Carolina, and being team manager is an extension of that effort.”
Rogers joined the Noble Foundation as a pasture and range consultant in 2002 after a decade as a livestock specialist with the University of Missouri Outreach and Extension program. During the past six years, Rogers has provided consultation in forage selection and establishment, grazing management, stocking rate, and forage production and management to hundreds of producers in eastern Oklahoma.
Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science, master’s degree in animal breeding and a doctor of philosophy in agronomy, all from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. His research interests include tall fescue management, short season niche forages and grazing management.
“James Rogers has a keen understanding of agricultural production in the southern portion of the United States,” said Wadell Altom, Senior Vice President and Director of the Agricultural Division. “Combine that knowledge with extensive experience, a great skill set and a personable demeanor, and you have a natural team leader.”
The Noble Foundation’s agricultural consultation program serves a 47-county area, roughly a 100-mile radius around Ardmore. Generally speaking, this service area encompasses a region extending from Oklahoma City to Dallas and from Wichita Falls to Paris.
Rogers’ consultation team is responsible for assisting 11 counties in north Texas: Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Grayson, Hunt, Montague, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise.
The primary mission of the Noble Foundation’s Agricultural Division is to help land owners and land managers achieve their financial, production, stewardship and quality-of-life goals through this extensive consultation program.
Participants in the agricultural consulting program are called “cooperators.” Currently, the Noble Foundation provides advice and assistance to more than 1,600 cooperators. Each cooperator is served by a team that is comprised of agricultural consultants with expertise in forages, livestock, soil and crops, agricultural economics, horticulture, and wildlife and fisheries. Team members work together to tailor recommendations to address each cooperator’s unique circumstances.
The consultation services are offered at no monetary cost to cooperators. Inclusion in the program is contingent only upon active participation, which includes implementing recommendations and providing production information back to the consulting team.