Charlie Graham, senior pecan specialist at the Nobel Research Institute, has been awarded the Herman Heinrich Picca Prize for his work in support of the Oklahoma Pecan industry.
The Herman Heinrich Picca Reference Award recognizes an expert who has made a significant contribution to the Oklahoma Pekana industry. The winner was chosen by the Oklahoma Pecan Farmers Association and will be awarded at their annual meeting.
“Charlie was a great asset to Nobel Pekacon as a consultant and researcher. It will be useful when we focus on renewable energy, especially around the United States, ”said Charles Rohla, general manager of Pecan and Special Agricultural Systems.
Graham has been a Nobel laureate in Oklahoma State for over three years, working with Peka producers and conducting numerous field days, workshops and webinars. Graham will also contribute to the Pecan Department of Oklahoma State University, which will meet in February through October.
Prior to joining Noble, Graham was a professor of plant and horticulture at Louisiana State University for more than 20 years, studying cotton and chili peppers at New Mexico State University.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Oklahoma Pecan Manufacturers Association for this award,” Graham said. I am fortunate to work with such a supportive industry that works with me to improve pecan production across the country. I would like to thank my family and colleagues at Noble. They push me every day to do my best. I can do what I love about life and look forward to helping many Peck manufacturers with Noble.
Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Texas, and a master’s degree in horticulture from the University of Texas A and M. Graham also holds a PhD in Plant Physiology from Clemson University.