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Dr. Borlaug

Dr. Norman BorlaugFew people in the history of the world have done as much to positively impact humanity around the world as Dr. Norman Borlaug. Born on a small farm south of Cresco, Iowa, Dr. Borlaug devoted his career to saving the lives of millions of starving people around the globe. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work. He is also one of only seven people to have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal in addition to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Biography Info

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."

NBHF Goals

We have two primary goal as a foundation. First, we are dedicated to preserving the farm where he grew up and learned the values of hard work and respect for the land and life. Second, we conduct a variety of educational outreach programs designed to pass along these important life lessons.                   

Please help us continue our work. Learn more about the restoration of the 1915 Birthplace Barn project below.

Barn Dedication


Birthplace Barn Restoration Project took just over two years to complete. On September 22, 2018, we are going to celebrate its completion!

September 22 - Dedication Ceremony and Events

  • 8:00am-8:00pm....Birthplace Barn Open
  • 8:00am-5:30pm....Tours Available
  • 9:30am-2:30pm....Horse Wagon Rides & Draft Horse Field Demos
  • 11:00am-11:45am....Dedication Ceremony w/ Speakers
  • 10:30am-1:30pm .... Sopha Sisters performing (with 10 minute breaks)
  • 10:00am-2:00pm ......Flying Hoofs 4-H Club Bake Sale (tentative)
  • Lunch will be following the dedication and is provided by Lynch’s 


September 23 - Barn and Farm Tours

  • 8:00am-8:00pm....Birthplace Barn Open
  • 8:00am-5:30pm....Tours Available

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NBHF Update - Raising the Barn!

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We are nearing our goal of raising enough funds to complete Phase I of the 1915 Borlaug Birthplace Barn rennovation.  We are within $10,000 of the total needed to pay for all the work done to repair the superstructure of the barn, add new siding and windows, redo the roof and restore the cupola. The roof completion is scheduled for spring 2018. We intend to have a barn dedication for donors and the public the third weekend of September 2018.

We need your tax deductible gifts to help us complete Phase I. You can send your gift to the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation at PO Box 57, Cresco, IA 52136 or use the secure donation link below if you prefer to pay by credit card. Thanks to all of you who have helped us come this far in less than a year!

NBHF Update - Strategic Planning Process Completed

alt textThe year-long strategic planning process is now complete. At the end of 2016, a strategic planning committee consisting of several board members and headed by planning consultant Dr. Julie Huiskamp met monthly throughout 2017. Input was sought from a variety of focus groups with connections to the Foundation. These groups consisted of Current and Former Board Members, Community Organizations, Educational Community, Business and Tourism, Property Neighbors and the Borlaug Family. Based on input from these groups, the committee created a strategic plan for the future.

You can download and read this plan here.

NBHF Update - Second Statue Donated by Wisconsin Sculptor

alt textDr. William Faller of Kewaunee, Wisconsin, discovered Norman Borlaug while doing some research on one-room schools. During the research process he discovered that Norm attended one (New Oregon #8 now located on the Boyhood Farm). He found that a boy educated in a humble one-room school was able to become one of the world's great agricultural scientists and humanitiarians. The more he learned about Norm, the more fascinated he became with him. Being a sculptor, as well as a pathologist, he thought he could create not one but two sculptures that represented Norm's path from humble farm boy to "The Man That Fed The World." He contacted the NBHF and offered to donate two sculptures. The first "Norm Feeding the Chickens" has been in place on the Boyhood Farm for several years. This past September Dr. Faller was present at the dedication of his second sculpture, "Norm Feeding the World" during the Fall Inspire Days.

View additional information and photos of ceremony.

NBHF Educational Outreach Programs