Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation

The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation is a non-profit corporation 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 educational programs.

Dr. Borlaug

Dr. Norman BorlaugFor 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."

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. One is to carry on the legacy of Dr. Borlaug by preserving the farm where he grew up and the one room school where he learned the educational priniciples that took him so far. The second is to continue the NBHF Educational Outreach programs that promote Dr. Borlaug's work to combat hunger, promote food security and care for the land.

Our long term goal is to create an endowment that will allow us to build a permanent visitors/educational center and hire a permanent staff to conduct educational programs related to Dr. Borlaug's life and work.

Jack Thomson (1928 - 2017)

Founding NBHF Board Member John "Jack" Thomson, age 88, of Cresco, Iowa passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Regional Health Services of Howard County in Cresco, Iowa. Jack was instrumental in the growth of the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation, and he will be greatly missed. View Memorial Slideshow

Latest work

Inspire DayS

Every spring and fall the NBHF hosts several hundred Northeast Iowa 5th graders for a day of hands-on learning at the Boyhood Farm. Experts conduct mini-courses on topics related to Dr. Borlaug's life and work. Learn More

Soil Conference

The 3rd Annual Borlaug Ag. Conference focuses on soil health and innovative farming techniques.  Presenter Dr. Jill Clapperton is an internationally recognized expert on farming practices that promote soil health. Learn More


Members of the NBHF are involved in  a variety of activities and affiliations that inform others about the life and work of  Dr. Borlaug.  Our activities include speeches, tours and information booths at conferences. Learn More

NBHF Educational Outreach Programs