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The Noble Academy – Closing the Farm to Consumer Knowledge Gap

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Pick any day and there's bound to be a student tour snaking its way through the hallways and corridors of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation of Ardmore, Oklahoma (, the largest independent, non-profit agricultural research institute in the U.S.

On a perfectly normal tour last spring, a 5th grader made a revealing statement. When learning that hamburger meat originated from cows, the young man balked and said, "I would never get my meat from a cow. I'd just buy it from the grocery store."