Norman Borlaug enters U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall
WASHINGTON — Far from the fields and laboratories where Norman Borlaug worked much of his life, hundreds gathered in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to unveil a statue honoring the plant geneticist credited with saving more than a billion people around the world from starvation.
As light snow blanketed Washington, attendees joined to praise the late scientist’s work to boost crop production and recognize his enduring impact on agriculture — still yielding benefits for people living in Mexico, India and other countries around the globe five years after his death.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Chuck Grassley, among the nearly dozen people to talk about the Cresco native, called Borlaug a great humanitarian and a visionary who was focused on ending hunger and boosting farm productivity.
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