All Iowans have opportunity to watch unveiling of Borlaug statue

March 25, 2014, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century: Dr. Norman Borlaug. On that same day, his newly created statue will be unveiled and installed in the U.S. Capitol and the Borlaug Centennial will be celebrated around the world.

You can join me in watching the festivities live via the Internet. The ceremony will be webcast at speaker.gov/live, beginning at 10 a.m. in Iowa.

Almost exactly one year ago, I sponsored legislation that was unanimously approved by the Iowa Senate to place a statue of Howard County native Dr. Norman Borlaug in the United States Capitol Building.

Governor Branstad signed the resolution the next day, March 23, 2013.

It was an honor to play a small part in recognizing Dr. Borlaug, an example of Northeast Iowans at our best. His work as the father of the “Green Revolution” improved agriculture around the world and bettered the lives of countless millions of people.

This native of Cresco, my hometown, conducted groundbreaking research in breeding varieties of wheat that helped feed starving populations across the globe. He was internationally recognized for his work, receiving a Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a Congressional Gold Medal.

He will take his place as one two Iowa statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection at United States Capitol. His legacy lives on through the next generation of students, researchers and hunger-fighters who are carrying on his work.

Youth programs connected to the World Food Prize, which Norman Borlaug helped launch, are shaping the paths of incredible young students who could very well be “the next Norman Borlaug.”

For more information about the Borlaug Statue and Norman Borlaug, visit this special website: www.iowaborlaugstatue.org.