North Iowa students at the unveil of Borlaug statue in D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. – Dr. Norman Borlaug was an influential man for agriculture in the U.S.

He has his roots in north Iowa as he was born and raised in the town of Cresco.

A statue of Borlaug was unveiled on Tuesday and is standing tall in Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.

Because of his north Iowa roots and his works with creating high-yield, disease resistant wheat, organizers of the event invited local students to be in attendance of the exclusive event.

Four students from the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District attended the unveiling, and one said it was an overwhelming but empowering experience.

“”It was like you were honored to be chosen for this and it was wonderful to be able to see you get recognized for some of the little things that you don’t even think you need appreciation for,” said Abby Huhe, a junior at Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools and the historian for the Crestwood FFA Chapter.

There was a private ceremony honoring Borlaug and his groundbreaking achievements in agriculture and following this, the statue was opened to the public.

Tuesday marked what would have been Borlaug’s 100th birthday and those in attendance say it was a perfect tribute to his accomplishments.

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