ARDMORE, Okla. — Noble Foundation Assistant Professor Charles Rohla, Ph.D., was recently named one of 40 agricultural leaders in Vance Publishing Corporation’s inaugural 40 Under 40 in Agriculture Awards.
According to Peggy Walker, president of Vance Publishing Corporation, Rohla was selected because of his demonstrated involvement in the food industry, specifically contributions to the pecan industry through research, education and leadership. His primary research focuses on increasing pecan production through improved establishment methods, reducing alternate bearing and nutrient management.
"Over the last 3 years, Dr. Rohla has personally overseen the planting of more than 2,000 acres of pecan orchards on the farms and ranches of agricultural producers who work with the Noble Foundation,” said Billy Cook, Ph.D., director of the Agricultural Division. “Charles goes above and beyond for the pecan industry and producers. He is highly deserving of this award and is a great asset to the Noble Foundation, our state and the pecan industry.”
The mission of Vance Publishing’s 40 Under 40 is to identify and recognize extraordinary individuals in agriculture who have made an impact on both their organizations and the industry as a whole. "It is a tremendous honor to be selected," Rohla said. “I believe this is not just a reflection of my achievements, but those of the Noble Foundation, the agricultural producers I have the privilege of working with and the various organizations that have given me the opportunity to be involved in agricultural industry.”
Rohla received his bachelor’s degree in animal science, master's degree in agriculture education and his doctoral degree in crop science, all from Oklahoma State University. Rohla joined the Noble Foundation in 2006 as assistant professor on the Agricultural Division’s Agricultural Research Team. He also serves as a horticulture consultant with the division’s consultation program. He has authored and co-authored several national publications on pecan research.
Rohla was also named to The Journal Record’s Achievers Under 40 list in May. He currently serves as the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association past president and on numerous committees and boards within the horticulture industry. Rohla was a member of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Class 14.