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An artist’s work is just about wrapped up here in Iowa on a statue honoring Cresco native, Dr. Norman Borlaug.

Borlaug is credited for developing strains of wheat which could grow in various climates. Experts say his work saved a billion lives.

Benjamin Victor has been working for two weeks at the Iowa Historical Building trying to capture Borlaug’s image. The finished statue will be placed in the U.S. Capitol.

Victor will soon pack up the statue and drive it to Washington, D.C.

He says Borlaug’s accomplishments with his roots in Iowa can’t be ignored.

“That is the message behind this sculpture, this important man came from a little farm in Cresco, Iowa and touched the entire world, he saved more than a billion lives, won the Nobel Peace Prize, won the Congressional Medal, the Presidential Medal, everything you can possible receive during his lifetime, but he was still a humble farm boy from Iowa, a wrestler,” says Victor.

The Norman Borlaug statue will be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol on March 25th of 2014. That would have been Borlaug’s 100th birthday.