Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Ambassador Quinn to announce Borlaug statue artist Print
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:33

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will join Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, chair of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Committee, in announcing the artist selected to fabricate and deliver a statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug to the U.S. Capitol Building’s National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. Details are as follows:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2 p.m.

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol Building

Background: The Borlaug Committee was established in March 2011 when the state legislature passed and Gov. Terry Branstad signed House Joint Resolution 16, which provided for the creation and placement of a statue of Borlaug in the U.S. Capitol Building as one of two statues of notable Iowa citizens. The Borlaug statue will replace a statue of Sen. James Harlan. The other statue is of Gov. Samuel Kirkwood.

Borlaug’s work in plant breeding led to unprecedented increases in food production and helped avert famine around the world. His success is believed to have saved up to a billion people from starvation. Borlaug was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, a Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

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