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100th Birthday in 2014

Norman Ernest Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009) was born on a farm south of Cresco, Iowa to Henry and Clara Borlaug on March 25, 1914. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Dr. Borlaug's birth. (H.S. Photo)

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NBHF Board Attends Statue Dedication at U.S. Capitol

A fitting honor (and wonderful 100th birthday present!) will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 25, 2014, in Washington D.C. A statue designed and sculpted by artist Ben Victor will be installed in Statuary Hall of the US Capitol as a tribute to Dr. Borlaug, the Father of the Green Revolution and the man who is credited with saving a billion lives through his wheat research. Several members of the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation, along with Governor Brandstad, Iowa legislators, members of the World Food Prize and area students will attend the installation and dedication.

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Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation

Photo of Dr. BorlaugThe Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation is a non-profit corporation with an all-volunteer board dedicated to the preservation of the Birthplace and Boyhood home of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug (1914-2009), where he established his values and work ethic. The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation is committed to promoting Dr. Borlaug's lifetime achievements and philosophy through education programs such as the Norman Borlaug Education Day (or "Inspire" Day) and the Education Residency Program.

For over a half century, the scientific and humanitarian achievements of Dr. Norman Borlaug (Nobel Peace Prize winner, Congressional Gold Medal Winner, and recipient of over 50 honorary Doctorate Degrees) kept starvation at bay for millions of people in third world countries. Gregg Easterbrook wrote of Borlaug "Though barely known in the country of his birth, elsewhere in the world Norman Borlaug is widely considered to be among the leading Americans of our age.

Our Goal

The Foundation's immediate goals are centered around funding an endowment for the restoration and upkeep of  Dr. Borlaug's Birthplace and Boyhood home and schoolhouse, and the continuation of  the Borlaug Education Outreach Program. Education was extremely important to Dr. Borlaug, and much of the work carried on by the Foundation centers around education.

In His Own Words

"I realize how fortunate I was to have been born, to have grown to manhood, and to have received my early education in rural Iowa. That heritage provided me with a set of values that has been an invaluable guide to me in my work around the world... These values ... have been of great strength in times of despair in my struggle to assist in improving the standards of living of rural people everywhere." ~ Dr. Borlaug

Consider supporting our efforts to sustain Dr. Borlaug's legacy!

 For more information contact us by email at or phone 563-547-3434 or write to NBHF, PO Box 403, Cresco, IA 52136.

100th Birthday Anniversary Honor

Filiming VignetteIn 2011 the Iowa Legislature, on a bipartisan vote, passed a resolution to replace one of its two statues in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall with a statue of Dr. Borlaug.
Governor Brandstad remarked at the time, “This is truly a historic occasion.  Dr. Borlaug’s legacy in feeding a billion people marks him as one of Iowa’s and America’s greatest heroes. Having his statue in our nation’s capitol will ensure that his legacy endures.”

On March 25, 2014, that statue was officially dedicated.  Several NBHF board members, local students and educators and area residents were in attendance, as well as many state and federal officials.  We have put together a slideshow of the Monday reception and Tuesday’s unveiling ceremony to share this wonderful event with those not able to be there.

View Slideshow of Ceremony & Reception