House Resolution 17 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 17 BY BEST A Resolution celebrating the life and accomplishments 1 of Dr. Norman Borlaug and recognizing the one 2 hundred fifth anniversary of his birth on Monday, 3 March 25, 2019. 4 WHEREAS, Dr. Norman Borlaug was born on March 5 25, 1914, on a farm in Howard County, Iowa, attended 6 kindergarten through 8th grade in a one-room school 7 house, graduated from high school in Cresco, Iowa, 8 and worked his way through college during the Great 9 Depression, eventually earning a doctorate degree in 10 plant pathology; and 11 WHEREAS, Dr. Borlaug’s breakthrough achievements 12 in plant breeding resulted in dramatically increasing 13 wheat yields and saving as many as one billion 14 lives; and 15 WHEREAS, in 1970, Dr. Borlaug received the Nobel 16 Peace Prize, in 1977 received the Presidential Medal of 17 Freedom, and in 2007 received the Congressional Gold 18 Medal; and 19 WHEREAS, Dr. Borlaug’s vision of creating a World 20 Food Prize honoring outstanding individuals who have 21 made vital contributions to improving the quality, 22 quantity, or availability of food throughout the world 23 was realized in 1986; and 24 WHEREAS, since then, World Food Prize Laureates have 25 been recognized from countries from around the world, 26 including Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Cape Verde, 27 China, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Israel, 28 -1- LSB 2285HH (5) 88 da/rn 1/ 2
H.R. 17 Mexico, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Uganda, the 1 United Kingdom, and the United States; and 2 WHEREAS, on May 10, 2002, the Iowa General Assembly 3 enacted Senate File 2057, permanently recognizing 4 October 16 of each year as Dr. Norman E. Borlaug World 5 Food Prize Day; and 6 WHEREAS, each state is granted two statues of 7 notable citizens to be displayed in the United States 8 Capitol’s Statuary Hall; and 9 WHEREAS, on March 23, 2011, the Iowa General 10 Assembly enacted House Joint Resolution 16 authorizing 11 the commission of a statue honoring Dr. Borlaug; and 12 WHEREAS, the bronze statue of Dr. Borlaug was 13 unveiled in the U.S. Capitol on March 25, 2014; NOW 14 THEREFORE, 15 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 16 the House of Representatives celebrates the life’s work 17 and memory of Dr. Norman Borlaug, and recognizes his 18 permanent legacy to humanity; and 19 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this 20 resolution be delivered to the Honorable Ambassador 21 Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize 22 Foundation. 23 -2- LSB 2285HH (5) 88 da/rn 2/ 2