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Congressional Tribute To Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Act of 2006

Location: Washington, DC

CONGRESSIONAL TRIBUTE TO DR. NORMAN E. BORLAUG ACT OF 2006 -- (House of Representatives - December 06, 2006)


Mrs. BIGGERT. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Madam Speaker, I rise today to urge Members to join in saluting an American hero who deserves to be recognized for his lifetime service to the world by passing S. 2250, the Congressional Tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Act of 2006.

Senate 2250 directs the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate to make appropriate arrangements to award a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Dr. Norman Borlaug in recognition of his enduring contributions in fighting hunger around the world. This legislation is identical to H.R. 4924, introduced by the gentleman from Iowa (Mr. Latham).

Madam Speaker, Dr. Borlaug is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient of whom few have heard, a humanitarian responsible for mounting a global campaign against hunger that saved so many of the world's neediest people through agricultural science.

In 1944, he took on the task of researching high-yield and disease-resistant cereal grains. Through trial and error, Dr. Borlaug's efforts led to the development of varieties of wheat that completely altered production agriculture as it was then known in places like Pakistan, India and Mexico. The dwarf wheat variety allowed farmers to produce far more grain per acre than anyone could have predicted. This newfound bounty gave the world's poorest people access to food, ensuring children who otherwise would have been victims of malnutrition could thrive.

Dr. Borlaug's landmark discoveries in agriculture led to what is called the ``Green Revolution.'' However, this modest man, born and raised in Cresco, Iowa, and educated in Minnesota, once said his accomplishments were only ``a temporary success in man's war against hunger and deprivation.''

Madam Speaker, I recognize that many in Congress and throughout the country do not know about the progress we have made in production agriculture and are unaware of the countless contributions made by agricultural scientists such as Dr. Borlaug. However, his leadership has inspired so many others of our best and brightest students to pursue careers in agriculture sciences, and his work will live on in the lives of those who have been spared the misery of starvation.

Madam Speaker, this is an honor long overdue, and I would urge immediate passage of this important legislation.


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