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Norman Borlaug Statue Unveiled At U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON, DC (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Today the father of the green revolution was honored on Capitol Hill.
Norman Borlaug grew up near Cresco but rose to prominence while working in Mexico.
That's where he developed a wheat seed resistant to disease and high in yields.
Borlaug used his creation to increase food production in Asia and Africa where millions were starving.
For his work he received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Norman Borlaug passed away in 2009 at the age of 95.
But now he holds a permanent place of honor in Washington D.C.
Today, a statue was unveiled at the National Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill.
Leaders from both parties in congress joined Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for the ceremony.