My ag blog feed was filled with tributes to Norman Borlaug yesterday in celebration of National Ag Day/Week.  I’ll admit, I had no idea who Norman Borlaug was, so I got my Google on and started reading.


Turns out, Norman Borlaug was the man who fed the world.  His efforts are “credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease-resistant and high-yielding. His work won him the 1970 Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.”

The creator of the World Food Prize is worth learning more about.  Rather than rehashing all that I read yesterday, I’ll direct you to a few of my favorite posts to read on.

“On our farm we are using new technologies to help us be more efficient on our land: corn that is resistant to insects, soybeans that are resistant fungus, precision planting and GPS, etc.  The work and improvements of today continue to build upon the foundation that Norman Borlaug set back in the 1940’s.” — Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids

“For Norman this meant that he was going to use science, use GMO variations, use technology to ensure more people around the world had access to food and basic necessities.”  — Crystal Cattle

“When I first heard about Norman, I have to tell you he sounded mythical. I mean saving a billion (with a b) lives?” — Janice Person

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