The likeness of an Iowan who dedicated his life to ending world hunger is now a permanent fixture in Washington, D.C.
On what would have been Dr. Norman Borlaug’s 100th birthday Iowa’s U.S. senators along with Gov. Terry Branstad and other lawmakers installed the sculpture of the Cresco-native Tuesday morning at the U.S. Capitol building.
Dr. Borlaug is credited with saving a billion people from starvation through his work to develop drought resistant crops.
Sen. Chuck Grassley says his efforts are still being seen to this day, “You know it all started in that small Iowa farmhouse. As a farmer myself I see how Dr. Borlaug’s innovations transformed agriculture.”
Iowa-born opera great Simon Estes sang “The Song of Iowa” after the statue was unveiled at the ceremony.